Francesco Cito


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Francesco Cito is one of the greatest and most celebrated photo-journalists in the world. In 1975 he did his first front cover for the Sunday Times Magazine, with his "Mattanza" (tuna-fishing) story.

In 1980 he was one of the first journalists to enter Russian-occupied Afghanistan, travelling more than 1200 km. with the Mujahaddin. From 1982 to 1983 he shot a story on the Camorra in Naples which was published across the world from Epoca to Stern, Life to Zeit magazine.

In 1983 he was sent to the Lebanese front by Epoca, for a reportage on the internal struggle within the PLO between the pro-syrians under Abu Massa and the supporters of Arafat. He was the only photo-journalist to document the fall the Beddawi refugee camp, Arafat's last bastion.

In 1984 he began working in the occupied territories, reporting on the conditions of the Palestinian people. Between the beginning of the first Intifada (1987-1988) and 1994 he was wounded three times during action. In 2002 he got into the Jenin refugee camp to tell the story of life under curfew, and subsequently also the Bethlehem camp. In 1989 he was sent clandestinely by Venerdì di Republica to Afghanistan again, to report on the Soviet withdrawal.

In 1990 he was one of the first reporters in Saudi Arabia during the landing of American marines after the invasion of Kuwait. He stayed in the zone until the end of the first Gulf War in March 1991. He went to the Balkan region several times - Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania - during the various ethnic conflicts.

In Italy he continued to follow the Mafia and the Camorra as well as various social activities such as the Palio di Siena. In recent years he was pointed his lens at Sardinia, in places away from tourist routes.

He has had great recognition and been awarded many prizes, including two World Press Photo awards.