Michele Lapini Michele Lapini

Michele Lapini is a Bologna-based Italian freelance photographer. He was born in 1983 in Valdarno, Tuscany, exactly midway between Arezzo, Florence and Siena. He studied Development Economics and International Cooperation at the University of Florence and holds a Master’s Degree in Development, Cooperation and Human Rights from the University of Bologna. His photos accompany his deep interest in social, political and environmental questions which characterize the world surrounding him. He has worked in places like London and Barcelona and collaborated with international music festivals in Europe.

Pubblications

Internazionale (IT), The Guardian (UK), Corriere della Sera (IT), L'Unità (IT), Repubblica.it (IT), Latinoamerica (IT), Terre di Mezzo (IT), E -ilmensile.it (IT), Rai Uno (IT), Diagonal (ES), Revista ES (ES), ADN (ES), University of York (UK), Urban Catarsis (ES)

My equipment:
Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm 1.4
Nikkor 20mm 2.8
Sigma 28-70 2.8
Nikkor 80-200 2.8

Collections created

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Viome, a self-management factory in T...
thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Before the beginning of the international crisis, Viome were a factory in Thessaloniki with around 80 workers. The factory produced chemical products for the construction sector, owned by Philippou family. The main company of the Philippou's group, Philkeram-Johnson S.A, were in bankrupt in 2011 and the consequences for Viome were immediately adverse. After institutional meetings without a clear solution, the workers decide to re-take the factory and the production. In September 2012, after a 48hours strike, the workers start to discuss the idea of self-management, and the 97% of workers vote for it.

After the occupation of the factory, on 12 February 2013, the workers started the self-management production, selling cleaning products. A huge solidarity movement support the workers, with national and international inititatives to promote and diffuse the "Viome way", where now workers control the factory, without any owner.

Around 40 people work in Viome, with a basic wage for everyone and 8 hours working time 5 days a week. The general assembly decide the main question and a weekly meeting discuss he more operative aspects. "At the beginning was difficult, but we are sure that our situation is gonna be better, even better than before the crisis", said a worker of Viome. Economic crisis and bad decision from the Viome's leadership, contribute to the difficult situation of the factory, with with the probable dismissal of around 80 workers.

Since the workers have retake the factory, they've started a new production of cleaning products, looking for a sustainable and ethical production, including workers rights and a big challenge: spread the idea that workers create everything, and the have to take bake what they onw, in any cities and countries around the world.

Media created

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 38
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Antiriot police inside the Court of Poligiros during a trial against the antigold activists.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 37
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Antigold banner at the entry of Ierissos. This small village is the hearth of antigold protest in struggle against the new gold mines in Skouries forest.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 36
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

in Ierissos, residents put up roadblocks on the two roads going in and out of town, to keep the police from coming back, since April 2013.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 35
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Dec 2012

Ierissos, with around 3,000 inhabitants is the herath of the antigold protest in Halkidiki region.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 34
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
27 Mar 2013

Tolis Papageorgiou, a leading figure in the protest group Hellenic Mining Watch. Tolis is one of the activists who are being investigated because they are suspected to build a"criminal organization" against El Dorado, the canadian mine company.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 33
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

An activist preparing the coffee in the road block in Ierissos, a small village in Halkidiki region.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 32
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The antigold movement in Halkidiki is a heterogeneous group formed by young and elderly people from different social class.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
31 Dec 2012

Antigold banner at the entry of Lerissos. This small village is the hearth of antigold protest in struggle against the new gold mines in Skouries forest.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 30
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The police station in Ierissos burned in April 2013, after a police operation to arrest some activist in the village. Since April 2013 the police didn't come to Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 29
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Since April 2013 there are two road blocks in Ierissos, surveilled 24h by activists.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 26
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Asterix and Obelix banner in a road block in Ierissos surveilled by the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 25
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The beach of Stratoni and the mines infrastructure. In december 2012, more than half a mile of the bay, known for its large sandy beaches, clear waters, and abundant fishing, was streaked with pollution leaked from Stratoni.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 23
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Asterix and Obelix banner in a road block in Ierissos surveilled by the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 22
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

View of Ammouliani island from Ouranopoli, 10 km far from Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 21
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activists outside the Court of Poligiros during a trial against the antigold movement.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 20
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
23 Mar 2013

During the trial against antigold mines activists in Poligiros

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 19
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activists are waiting for the trial in Poligiros where a couple of women are accused of violence and resistance against a police officer.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 17
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

A road block situated in one of the main entrance of Ierissos, a small village without police station since it has burned in April 2013.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 15
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Graffiti against the gold mines in Ouranopoli, the last village before the Monte Athos territory.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 14
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Graffiti against the gold mines in Ouranopoli, the last village before the Monte Athos territory.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 13
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Katerina Igglezi, a member of Greek Parliament with the Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in her office in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 12
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

The centre of Ierissos, a small village in Halkidiki with around 3,000 inhabitants.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 11
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Two elderly people stand in front an antigold banner in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 10
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Child play during the solidarity music festival in Ierissos this summer.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 9
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Activist preparing the traditional souvlaki during a solidarity event in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 7
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Skouries forest, where the El Dorado Gold company is building a new gold mine

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 6
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

An activist during a demonstration in Skouries forest, to protest against the installation of a new gold mine by El Dorado Gold, a canadian company.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 5
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
26 Mar 2013

Skouries forest, where the El Dorado Gold company is building a new gold mine

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 2
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
15 Nov 2013

Activists preparing the location for an antigold solidarity concert in Ierissos.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 3
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
15 Nov 2013

A permanent road block in Ierissos, where people, citizens and activist surveile the entrance of Ierissos to prevent police attack.

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Activists Struggle to Save Skouries 1
Lerissos, Greece
By Michele Lapini
31 Dec 2012

A boa builer discussing the consequence of mines for his job. Tourism, fisheries and agriculture are affected by the mines' activities.

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L'Eroica 2013 (12 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Luciano Berruti, an italian old-bikes collector during "L'Eroica" 2013.

Every year, during the first weekend of October, thousands of passionate cyclists reach Gaiole, a small village in the Italian region of Chianti, for the most famous old-style tourist cycling event in the world, the so-called "L'Eroica" ("the heroic" ).