Alfredo D’Amato

Palermo, Italy


Italian, 1977

Alfredo D'Amato is a graduate of the Documentary Photography degree course at the University of Wales in Newport.

He has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both western and eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries.

Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked for many NGOs in Europe and further afield.

Alfredo has won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards and UNICEF Photo of the year. In 2005 he was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy.

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My trip to Guinea Bissau was the last in a series of journeys to different countries around the world that were colonised by Portugal and still retain Portuguese as their lingua franca.

Because of its uniquely suitable microclimate, the Greek island of Chios is a major producer of mastic, or Arabic gum – the resin of the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus).

Working with the British Red Cross in Sicily, Alfredo D’Amato met individuals, couples and whole families of migrants from countries across West and East Africa who had undertaken incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly journeys across countless borders and the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

"I see my trip to Idomeni on the Greek – Macedonian border as a turning point in my experience of following and reporting on the Syrian diaspora across the Middle East and Europe.

When Portuguese settlers abandoned their plantations on Sao Tome and Principe as the country gained its independence, thousands of migrant labourers were left behind with no employment and no way to return home.

Straddling the equator in the Bay of Guinea, the tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe this year celebrates 40 years of independence from Portugal, a country it had and has an ambivalent relationship with.

The people of Cape Verde, an island nation off the western coast of Africa see their cultural heritage as being European rather than African.

Tens of thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard severely overcrowded, rickety boat in the hope of making it to Europe and a better life.

With an estimated 15 million adherents across southern Africa, the Zion Churches are one of the largest church movements in Africa, offering hope and solace to an ever growing number of faithful~~Mozambique’s vibrant Zion Churches are a specifically African expression of the global Pentecostal movement that is quickly becoming the fastest growing religious denomination in the world with an eight-fold increase in adherents over the past half century.

10 months into the ‘Arab Spring’ it’s easy to forget the country where it all began and the people who made the first revolution happen~~In less than a month, ordinary Tunisians from across the social spectrum brought down the cleptocratic 23-year regime of president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and unleashed an avalanche of popular protest movements that continue to rumble across the Middle East.

Alfredo D’Amato takes a trip to the ancient land of Kernow – known to us as Cornwall.

Exploring the magical city of Luanda, where the contradictions slap you in the face every time you turn around.

Kuduro is the soundtrack to life in 21st century Angola.

The financial crisis and its effect on the psyche of a nation.

For nearly 200 years the Irmandade da Boa Morte – Sisterhood of the Good Death – have achieved a central role in regional society, preserving some of the traditional African values that slavery brought to Brazil.

Alfredo D’Amato spent time with some of the thousands of illegal immigrants who have found themselves in the Greek port of Patras, hoping to make their way further into Europe.