THEMED AREADiana Bagnoli
First Communion

In Naples, a child’s First Communion is not only a religious sacrament, but it is experienced as a real rite of passage in the life of a young person, to be celebrated with an important feast that can last several days.

In recent years, there has been a change of trend whereby the Communions often become more important than marriages, especially when parents have had children before the wedding and postpone the feast of their dreams for the Communion of their firstborn, a moment experienced as an entrance into society. In particular, girls are dressed and treated like young brides, with elaborate and expensive dresses, made in the best ateliers in the city.

In this project Diana follows the daughters of the famous ceremony photographer, Oreste Pipolo (the one Scianna called “the shaman of marriages”). His daughters, Ivana and Miriam, inherited their father’s studio and like him, they sell a dream, building elaborate photo sets before, after and during the day of the First Communion.

Diana Bagnoli is an Italian freelance photographer, with her first degree  in Communication and then her second in Photography from Barcelona, where she started working on portraiture and social reportage. In 2009, she won the first prize in the reportage category and was awarded the Photographer of the Year at the FIOF Photography Awards. Since then she has been working as a storyteller, focusing her attention on different aspects of society. She has crafted editorials for international magazines such as Geo, Washington Post, Days Japan, Marie Claire, Elle, among many others. Diana won the Grand-prize award in the 2017 Rangefinder’s Contest, the PDN Photo Annual 2016 award with her series, Animal Lover, and the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award. She has recently been awarded a grant from Voice, Frame, Report! for her next project in Nepal. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and art fairs, including in Beijing, Barcelona, Sydney and North Carolina where she was hosted as artist in residence for a month at Eyes on Main Street during the past year.

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