Photographer and Leica Ambassador Andrea Boccalini is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘Roots of Steel’. To see Andrea’s body of work click on any photograph.
“We make steel not chocolates”. With this slogan the Terni football fans addressed their arch-rivals, the Perugina. Terni fans are working-class from the steel mills. Perugina fans are part of Perugia’s middle class. Every city has its symbol. Terni does not have a monument, it has always been about steel and its production. For more than a century the steel industry has led social, cultural, urban and economic development of the entire basin surrounding Terni. A city along with a tradition of iron engineering and manufacturing was born around the steel works. In fact, the “Terni” industry group was until recent times one of the most important steel, chemical and hydroelectric centers in Europe. Then came the time of the dismemberment of the corporate sectors, the arrival of multinationals, the relocation of factories, the heavy industry crisis and the socio-economic system linked to it. This is the story of what has been achieved and what remains of that experience. It is a parable about the clash of an industrial development model against globalization.
By Andrea Boccalini