See Naples and Die

Photographer, Sam Gregg captures the spirit and vibrancy of the people of Naples

"See Naples and die” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe famously espoused in his book, Italian Journey in 1786. During the golden age of Spanish Bourbon rule Naples was considered one of the most opulent cities in the world. So much so that many found it impossible to leave, only doing so upon dying.

In a modern context the phrase is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the over-documented gang violence of the city. Through the media and TV shows such as Gomorrah, the city has garnered bad press amongst the casual observers. Naples topped the European crime index ratings of 2017, however, its portrayal as the new Medellin of the 1980s, is far from the case. I am not discrediting this issue as it is a real and pressing matter, I am merely highlighting through my photography that the people affected are tangible human beings before they are political units.

See Naples and Die is predominantly a portrait of the inhabitants of The Spanish Quarter and Rione Sanità, two of the most visually striking yet volatile parts of the city. It is a documentation of the spirit and vibrancy of the people who live in these areas, who remain steadfast even in the face of adversity. They are fiercely proud of their heritage and emblematic of what it means to be a true Neapolitan.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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