39°C. A Forgotten Italian Season

PhotographerElisabetta Claudio
Entry Description

In an Italy of its shores buried by concrete and of its forests hard bitten too many times by arsons, there is a public space where man and nature are able to connect and be in harmony again: the public thermal baths. The public thermal baths in Italy, popular and well-known since Ancient Rome are situated by unpredictable and sometimes impassable places nowadays bitterly threatened by property speculation and inadequate maintenance services. 39°C provides documentary evidence with the purpose of preserving the traces and history of these natural places across Italy.

About Photographer

I was born in the South of Italy in a town by the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 19 I moved to Milan and graduated from Politecnico di Milano. After university I devoted myself to photography and started working as Pierpaolo Ferrari's assistant for four years till 2007. Along those years I specialised myself in portraits photography and since 2008 I've been regularly contributing to L'Uomo Vogue, Wallpaper, Case da Abitare, Ferrari Magazine, Rizzoli e Garzanti Editori. My works have become cover books for national publishing houses like Rizzoli, Bur and Garzanti. In 2012 and 2013 I produced in collaboration with the indipendent publishing house "Le Dictateur" a series of photografic fanzines for the event shows Family Business in New York and in Paris.