• Salvatore Esposito


What is Missing

In the last 40 years of Camorra clan warfare there have been more than 5,000 people killed, most of them young. Institutions are completely fugitive in the most difficult neighborhoods and it is easy for many of these guys start to committing crimes at a young age. Poverty, social inequality and denied rights increase in these young people the imaginary of a life of rivals through criminal power. What is Missing in the lives of young people affiliated with Camorra is family, education and work.

The Power of Silence

The Power of Silence is the story of Gennaro and Maurizio, two autistic twins. Autism is a pathology of neurodevelopment that is characterized by communication disorder. The parents Enzo and Antonella, suffered a severe blow when the doctor formulated the diagnosis of autism to their children. Over the years, but above all with love, the parents of the twins have managed to establish non-verbal language to get in touch with their children. The Power of Silence is a story of autism and love.


Born in Torre del Greco in 1976, Salvatore is a documentary photographer specialized in long-term projects.
He is committed to telling stories about “the human being” and to understanding nowadays profound social changes.
From 2014 to 2016 he was Ambassador of Manfrotto and still today he teaches at the Manfrotto School of Excellence as part of the photographic project “Picture of Life” where he teaches photography to young guys at risk involved in crimes related to organized crime.
In 2014 he shot his first award-winning documentary “La Cella Zero” which tells a great violation of human rights: torture against prisoners in Poggioreale prison by some prison officers.
In 2016 he shot his second short film La Forza del Silenzio that supports the long-term photographic project and tells the story of two autistic twins. The work is an intimate insight into autism and how it affects the life of a family.

Naples, Italy

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La Forza del Silenzio. LFS/Sguardo. 2019
Quello che Manca. Contrasto. 2014


2019. POYi, finalist in the category World Understanding Award
2017. Coffi Film Festival Italia, best documentary Award
2015. Social World Film Festival, “Premio Cinema Campania” – as a young director from Campania 2015. Sedicicorto International Film Festival, honorable mention best reportage
2015. Napoli Film Festival, Award “Schermonapoli Doc 2015” – Award “Corriere del Mezzogiorno” best reportage
2015. Getty Images Grant, winner
2015. Salento Finubus Terrae, human rights category winner
2015. Ischia Film Festival, Honorable mention section “Location Denied”
2015. Coffi Film Festival Italia, documentary category winner
2014. NPPA Award, 1st place – Best Cover category
2014. Sony World Photography Award, 2nd place in the category Life Style
2014. Sony World Photography Award, 2nd place in the category Current Affairs
2011. Le Scoop Grand Lille, Festival Europeen Du Journlaisme. 1st place prix du documentaire (prix photo)
2011. Premio Giornalistico Internazionale Marco Luchetta, ” Miran Hrovatin ” Award, finalist
2010. China International Press Photo Contest, 2nd place in the “general news stories” category 2009.
2009. Terry O’neill Award, 1st prize

Exhibitions & Screenings

2019. “La Forza del Silenzio”. Emergency. Venice, Italy
2017. “Gang City”. La Biennale Della Democrazia – Scuola Holden. Turin, Italy
2016. “Gang City”. La Biennale Di Architettura – Evento Collaterale. Venice, Italy
2014. Bratislava Month of Photography: “Sony Photography Award Exhibition”, “What is Missing”, “The Power of Silence”. Bratislava, Slovakia
2014. International Festival of Business: “Sony Photography Award Exhibition”, “What is Missing”, “The Power of Silence”. Liverpool, UK
2014. Somerset House: “Sony Photography Award Exhibition”, “What is Missing”, “The Power of Silence”. London, UK
2012. Festival for Young Photojournalism ” The Hell of Scampia”. Hannover, Germany
2011. 14° International Photographic Art Festival “Generation Bordeaux”. Lishui, China
2011. ” The Hell of Scampia”. Ivrea Foto Festival. Sinagoga Di Ivrea. Ivrea, Italy
2011. “Colmena”. Fondazione La Colombaia Di Luchino Visconti. Forio, Italy
2011. “Adolescence, La Couleur Est Dans Nos Reves”. Association Saint Francoise Xavier. Gradignan, France
2009. “The Hell Of Scampia”. Ipg Gallery. Battle, UK
2009. Getty Images Gallery “Terry O’ Neill Award Exhibition “The Hell Of Scampia”. London, UK
2007. “Integrazione: Diversità E Culture Della Napoli Del Nuovo Millennio”. Naples subway – Vanvitelli station. Naples, Italy