Red Thistle is a powerful and fascinating exploration of the important but relatively unknown region of the Northern Caucasus and its people. It lies between the Black and Caspian Seas and is within European Russia. Wars have been fought here for centuries – the most recent in Chechnya. Monteleone examines the stubborn, rebellious culture of this region, which although part of Russia, differs in the ethnicity, religion and social customs of its inhabitants.
‘If you shoot in the Caucasus, the echo will be heard for centuries,’ says an old proverb from the region.
Born in Italy 1974, Davide Monteleone studied engineering before moving first to the U.S. and then to England. It was here that he discovered his interest in photography and journalism. Returning to Italy in 2000, he completed his studies in photography and began to work with Italian magazines. From 2001 – 2003 he worked as correspondent for the photo agency Contrasto in Moscow. He began working with major international newspapers such as D, Io Donna, L’espresso, New York Times, Time, Stern, New Yorker, to name a few. Since 2003 he has lived part of each year in Italy and part in Russia, where he is pursuing long-term personal projects and continues his editorial work. He published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, and La line inesistente in 2009. His features have won numerous awards including World Press Photo in 2007 and 2009, International Photo Award in 2008, Emerging Photographer Grant, Freelens Award, and the 2010 Aftermath Project Grant.
Hardback, 128 pages
65 colour plates, 220mm x 170mm
Winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography 2011