Halfway between hope and catastrophe, The Human Fire replicates a conversation between Denti and his 9-year-old son, Martino, after he returned from covering the catastrophic earthquake that struck Turkey.
“He is used to my travels, but this time, he hugged me insistently as if he knew the horrors I had seen. I knew I would have to speak to him, and it would not be easy. Showing him a few of my photos, he was struck by the night ones, in which humans huddled around fires in front of the rubble that had been their homes. Martino said it made him think of the primitive humans inventing fire. He had pointed to the essence.”
When all collapses, we turn to fire again for protection against the cold and the abyss of despair. Around those fires, fragile and indestructible, humans begin rebuilding.
Award-winning news cameraman Antonio Denti has been a Reuters video journalist for over 20 years. He has covered conflicts in Southeast Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including the Arab Spring and epic migration across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. He has also documented the aftermath of the deaths of both John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II.
Although his professional work is video-based, Denti is passionate about still photography and integrates this genre into his work.
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