The result of a four-month journey across Zambia, this volume bears witness to Paolo Solari Bozzi’s love for the poetry of Southern Africa and its peoples. For four months in 2014, Paolo Solari Bozzi traveled across Zambia, penetrating into some of the lesser-known areas of this fascinating country, including the remote Bangwelu swamps, where the locals had hardly ever come across a European visitor. Using mechanical medium-format cameras and wide-angle lenses, Paolo depicts, in around 120 black-and-white pictures developed in his own darkroom, some aspects of the lives of Zambians at work—be they fishermen, harvesters, road workers, miners, or shopkeepers, without forgetting the innate beauty of a landscape captured in photographs taken from above.
Born in Rome in 1957, Paolo Solari Bozzi has dual Italian and Swiss citizenship. He currently lives in Switzerland. A lawyer and investment banker by training, in 2010 he installed a new, large, and well-equipped darkroom as part of the process of turning his passion into a pivotal part of his life.