Collaborators: Archivio Diaristico Nazionale

Rafael Bonachela. Photo by Samuel Webster.

Photo by Luigi Burroni

Samuel has been commissioned on multiple occasions to create short films focusing on aspects of memory, history and storytelling. In 2013, he led a seminar about ‘recounting the self’ through art and film, held inside the organisational headquarters of the foundation. Samuel has been one of the official photographers for the Archive’s annual festival of Premio Pieve Saverio Tutino since 2012 and responsible for the photography staff of the festival since 2014.

Commissioned Projects:
Mica una cosa piccola (2014)
Mi Racconto (2013)
Dove vive la memoria (2013)

Personal projects using texts from the National Archive of Diaries:
Solo un’ombra (2014)

“The rich and famous, the important and powerful, can always have their say. But what of the bulk of humanity who suffer the whims of history, whose everyday labors give it life? How will their voices be remembered?

The answer, at least in Italy, can be found here in this small Tuscan town, which has become Italy’s repository of lives recounted.

Some of those lives are hastily scribbled on scraps of paper. Others fill leather-bound journals with lazy longhand. Still others come tidily typewritten. They are among the thousands of diaries, letters, autobiographies and punctilious notes that line the shelves of the National Diary Archive Foundation, providing firsthand accounts of the lives of common people and how they witnessed the grand events that shaped the nation.

Remembering, and celebrating, the lives of ordinary people who set down their experiences on paper is at the heart of what inspired Saverio Tutino, a foreign correspondent and devoted chronicler, to start the archive in 1984, that seemingly distant age before millions everywhere posted their every deed and opinion on Twitter.”

Elisabetta Povoledo

Journalist, The New York Times

Mica una cosa piccola


Solo un’ombra
Personal project


Dove vive la memoria


Mi Racconto


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