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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L'Eroica 2013 (13 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A local butcher in Gaiole in Chianti (SI) with an old bike inside.

During "L'Eroica" everything is arranged to host the vintage cycle event, representing an important occasion to share their products, traditions and lifestyle.

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L'Eroica 2013 (17 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

The arrival of "L'Eroica" 2013 in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

People from all over the world share their passion for vintage cyclism during the first week of October in Gaiole in Chianti (SI) during "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (16 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists in front of a local supermarket after the finish of "L'Eroica" 2013.

This unique event, the biggest in Italy and one of the most important in the world knows only few rules: only vintage bikes and instead of competition the true spirit of "L'Eroica": a genuine passion for cycling, nature and food.

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L'Eroica 2013 (15 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A man watch the finish of "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

As the rules of "L'Eroica" explain, "Heroic" bicycles are bicycles which have all the following characteristics:

• road racing bikes, built before 1987 (not cyclo-cross or time trial bikes); • steel frame (the only aluminium frame bikes permitted are ALAN or VITUS with either screwed or glued joints);

• gear shift levers on the down tube of the frame (exceptionally, only pre-1980 bar-end gear shifts are allowed);

• pedals with toe clips and fitted straps (quick release pedals are not allowed, except Cinelli M71 pedals); • passage of brake cables outside the handlebars (the passage of cables inside the frame is acceptable);

• wheels must have at least 32 spokes with a low profile (less than 20 mm).

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L'Eroica 2013 (14 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Participants of "L'Eroica" wait at the end of the route.

Each participant has the opportunity to choose either the long (200 or 135 km) or short (75 or 38 km) route that best suits his or her fitness level.

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L'Eroica (18 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A woman ride a bike near Radda in Chianti (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling during "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (19 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Participants of "L'Eroica" take a break in Radda in Chianti (SI).

Along the route in some villages, cyclists can find a refreshment with local food and drink. A break to take a rest and enjoy the little village in the heart of Chianti.

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

Traditional clothes, vintage bikes and vineyards during "L'Eroica" 2013.

A dive into the past along the white road of Val d'Orcia and Chianti create an unique atmosphere in one of the most beautiful corner of Tuscany.

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L'Eroica 2013 (11 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists riding through a white road in Chianti (SI).

Every year during the first week end of October thousand of vintage-bike lovers come to Gaiole in Chianti, near Siena, to participate at "L'Eroica".

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L'Eroica 2013 (10 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists take a break in a little bar.

Many people come to Gaiole in Chianti (SI) to enjoy the magic atmosphere of "L'Eroica", and to visit the amazing landscape of Val d'Orcia and Chianti.

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L'Eroica 2013 (9 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A cyclist take a break surrounded by vineyards.

In the 2013 edition people came from many countries in the world, especially this year was registered an high number of participants from Asia.

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L'Eroica 2013 (8 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclists along a white road with a traditional stone wall.

"L'Eroica" is one of the most famous vintage old-style tourist cycling event in the world

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L'Eroica 2013 (4 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist waiting for their friends along a white road near Pianella (SI).

Attracted by red wine, the famous "white road" through an amazing landscape just 15 kilometers outside the city of Siena, people from all over the world share their passion for cycling

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L'Eroica 2013 (3 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A participant of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti, a little village close to Siena in the heart of Chianti.

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L'Eroica 2013 (5 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

People with traditional military clothes wait the start of "L'Eroica" in the centre of Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

This year, more than 5.400 participants dived into the past to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the race: old-fashioned clothes, dirty wheels and vintage bikes.

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L'Eroica 2013 (1 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

A young cyclist with traditional clothes ready for the start of "L'Eroica".

"L'eroica" 2013 took place on 6th October 2013, starting from Gaiole in Chianti with 4 different routes.

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L'Eroica 2013 (2 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Womens cyclist are waiting for the start of "L'Eroica" in the central square of Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

There are few rules for "L'Eroica", but the most important is the main criteria: "only cyclists with "heroic" bicycles will be permitted to participate".

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L'Eroica 2013 (7 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Felice Gimondi, one of the most famous italian cyclist at "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (SI).

Gimondi, nicknamed "The Phoenix", is one of the five cyclist to win all three Grand Tours of road cycling (Italy, Spain and France).

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L'Eroica 2013 (6 of 20)
Gaiole in Chianti
By Michele Lapini
06 Oct 2013

Cyclist at the start of "L'Eroica" in Gaiole in Chianti (Siena).

In the 2013 edition more than 5.400 participants from all over the world came to "L'Eroica" to ride their vintage bike through white road, vineyards and nature.

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Viome 22
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

“No worker who is not a shareholder, no shareholder who is not a worker,” say the workers of VIOME

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Viome 11
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In June 2013, Naomi Klein visited the Viome factory as an experiment of social redistribution from the botton. Actually there is no owner of the factory, just the general assembly makes decisions.

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Viome 2
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In February 2012, after the occupation of the factory, the workers started a new self-management production, selling cleaning products and trying to expand their experience in other factories in Greece.

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Viome 6
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

A worker close the factory after his 8 hours working shift at Viome in Thessaloniki.

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Viome 17
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

After bankrupt, workers decide to occupy the factory and then to self-organize the production. Now they produce cleaning products.

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Viome 10
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"At the beginning was so difficult, we occupy the factory and now the situation is gonna be better every day, even better than before the crisis", said a worker of Viome.

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Viome 13
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"The politicians don't want the self-management, because unemployment and crisis are often useful for low wages and foreing investors", said a worker during a break.

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Viome 1
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"What we are doing in Viome is not only about this factory. We want to spread this way of production all over Greece and Europe, without bosses and injustice" said a Viome's worker.

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Viome 15
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In the general assembly, workers discuss general question, and they have a weekly meeting to plan the production and the working time.

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Viome 7
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

About 40 people work actually in Viome. They work 8 hours each day and take the basic wages.

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Viome 18
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

One of the main problems for Viome was the Filkeram factory (building product), owned by Georgios Filippou. Even before the crisis, when the Viome's situation was good, the owner started to cut wages and hire workers.

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Viome 9
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"It's all about workers. The workers create everything, they have to take back what the own", said a Viome's worker.

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Viome 4
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

A worker during a break in Viome.

Through a formal proposal dating from October 2011 they have been claiming the establishment of a workers' cooperative under full workers’ control, demanding legal recognition for their own workers’ cooperative, as well as for all the others to follow.
Thessaloniki, 29.05.2013

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Viome 5
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Viome's worker inside the factory

With unemployment climbing to 30%, workers’ income reaching zero, sick and tired of big words, promises and more taxes, unpaid since May 2011 and currently withholding their labour, with the factory abandoned by the employers, the workers of Vio.Me. by decision of their general assembly declare their determination not to fall prey to a condition of perpetual unemployment, but instead to struggle to take the factory in their own hands and operate it themselves.
Thessaloniki, 29.05.2013

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Viome 8
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

A worker dress the Viome t-shirt inside the factory.

The workers are however optimistic: The proceeds from the benefit gig and the donations of supportive groups and individuals collected through viome.org should be enough to keep the company afloat in the first few months. And the support of the social movements means many of the products will be distributed through the existing structures of social and solidary economy.

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Viome 19
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

An activist from the "Thessaloniki Solidarity Initiative to the struggle of VioMe" stand in front of the old noticeboard inside Viome.

The workers of Vio.Me. has awakened the solidarity of thousands of people, of the workers and the unemployed in every corner of the globe.

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Viome 3
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.

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Viome 14
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.

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Viome 16
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

Workers inside Viome attending the visit of Naomi Klein.

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.

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Viome 25
Salonicco
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.

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Viome 26
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.