The Garfagnana of the past by Giancarlo Cerri photographer

The Garfagnana is an area in the province of Lucca, Tuscany, situated between the mountains of the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan - Emilian Apenines. The River Serchio flows here and this land is covered by the green and luxuriant vegetation of its virgin woods. The Garfagnana is dotted by small towns and villages where ancient traditions live on. Here are some photos taken during the eighties and nineties by Giancarlo Cerri. #1 This photograph was made in Borgo a Mozzano on the occasion of an extra ride (1st of May) of the steam train from Lucca to Castelnuovo Garfagnana.
Steam train in Borgo a Mozzano
Steam train in Borgo a Mozzano
#2 this photograph was taken in Vergemoli in 1989. It depicts a shepherd with his dog at sunset, in the background a fold and the mountains.
The man and the dog in Vergemoli
The man and the dog in Vergemoli
#3 The photo of the White Horse was made in 1989 near Le Coste (Careggine) in a prairie where horses and cows graze.
White Horse in Le Coste (Careggine)
White Horse in Le Coste (Careggine)
#4 Lake Pontecosi with a play of reflections of the railway bridge and the bridge leading to the church. This is a picture of 1985.
Lake Pontecosi
Lake Pontecosi
#5 male portrait, the picture was taken in the woods of Capraia (Sillico) during the processing of chestnuts in a chestnut drying. Photo taken in 1991.
Male portrait in Capraia (Sillico)
Male portrait in Capraia (Sillico)
#6 male portrait with a female figure in the background. Photo taken in Sillico in 1991.
Portraits in Sillico
Portraits in Sillico
#7 female portrait, the picture was taken near Gallicano in a very cold morning. Photo taken in 1985.
Female portrait in Gallicano
Female portrait in Gallicano
#8 In the picture you see the town of Fabbriche di Careggine, a really unique place today covered by the lake of Vagli. It was 1994 when it was emptied for the last time, and this photo was taken that year.
Fabbriche di Careggine
Fabbriche di Careggine
#9 Ironworks in Gragliana, a place where people forged the iron with the aid of water powered hammers. Photo taken in 1990.
Ironworks in Gragliana
Ironworks in Gragliana
#10 December and January are the months in which families in Garfagnana butcher the pig. Photo taken in Le Coste (Careggine) in 1989
Le Coste (Careggine)
Le Coste (Careggine)
Giancarlo Cerri photographer Giancarlo Cerri approached photography in the early eighties and developed his knowledge by joining the photographic club 3C Silvio Barsotti in Cascina (Pisa province). He prefers the b&w technique and especially the photo reportage with which he has participated in numerous national and international photographic competitions, earning awards. Some of his images have been published in important magazines and books specialized in photography and he set personal and group exhibitions in several Italian cities. He worked on three research books about the traditions and rural civilization of Lucca area. He won several prices: the most important are the one in 1993, with his work “People of the Garfagnana" with which he won the Clubs’ FIAP WORLD CUP in Drienbergen, Holland; the one in 1995 in Fiuggi, Italy; the one in 2013 in Carbonia. In 2005 he published the book PEOPLE OF GARFAGNANA – vita nelle valli incantate. Currently he is a member of the photography club of Pian del Quercione (Lucca province). Since July 2012 he is the new provincial delegate FIAF of Lucca.