Panarea Portraits

People of the Aeolian Islands

Alessandro Tilche, 1988

Panarea Portraits – the people of the Aeolian Islands

I have been photographing the people of the island of Panarea for over 30 years. I also include people who have chosen to live there, either temporarily or permanently, over many years. It started as a bit of fun, now it has become a real project which I know I will never stop doing.

The faces of the Aeolian Islanders have the sea, Sicily, the sun, the wind and time itself etched into their skin. For this reason I am endlessly intrigued by their features, their stories, their lives. Things which I hope to evoke here.

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