Massimo Berruti received a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship Honoree award on October 17th 2012 for a body of work that is stunning for its consistency and the depth of the investigation. Since 2008, Massimo Berruti has followed Pakistani militias fighting against the threatening rise of Taliban. They are in a struggle to preserve their liberty and culture, which has remained intact despite the raging conflict. Berruti avoids the lurid aesthetic and biased treatment of typical news photography. He photographs from the other side of the barricade, patiently documenting the impact of terror on this society and the mutations of its people.
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