Giovanni Cocco

is an Italian photographer. After years of photographing his native region, Abruzzo, from an anthropological perspective, he turned his lens to social and environmental reportage, alternating between rich colour and dream-like tableaux in black and white.

His work has been published in leading international news magazines. From 2010 to 2012, he took part in the VII Mentor Program.


Every day, people risk their lives on epic journeys across the Saharan desert and the Mediterranean Sea, in search of safety and a better life: often only to be confronted with the buttresses of Fortress Europe. Eurozine presents highlights from Stories without borders, the exhibition series first displayed in Conversano, Italy from 11 September to 5 October 2014.

Over the past 14 years, about 17,000 immigrants have perished in the Mediterranean, trying to overcome the material and virtual walls that surround the European Union today. That’s 60 times the number of people who lost their lives attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 28 years.