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Published on June 17th, 2014 | by Vincent Jobse0
LFI: A kilometer of snake in Rome
Eight times a year, LFI features the best Leica photographers. Within LFI’s pages, the reader will find in depth test studies of Leica products as well as ancillary equipment, technical reports on digital and analogue photography, users tips, exclusive reportages and much more.
In the new LFI: Living XXL-Style: Andrea Boccalini photographs the Corviale, an enormous apartment block in Rome, almost a kilometer long and ten stories high. The Corviale, now nicknamed The Snake, was inspired by the idea of Unité d’Habitation, created by architect Le Corbusier. These apartments were supposed to provide new living space for the masses. However, the promise it once held is unfulfilled. Some describe it as a dungeon, others claim that the architect committed suicide when the building was finally finished. By the end of the nineties the Corviale had become a place of drug dealers and teenagers as young as just thirteen died of overdose in the concrete monster. But still: a community of some sort has been created in the Corviale – as Boccalini’s photo’s show.
Further in LFI: Landscapes flashing by – Peer Kugler’s Zuglandschaften; In Dead Earnest – Juan Arredondo photographs child soldiers in the Colombian jungle; En Passent – Sarah Lee walks America’s main street.
LFI, Leica Fotografie International
issue 4 / 2014 May / June