È un libro di fotografie, di street photography, con capitoli che riguardano anche la snack photography, le serie “Immigrants”, “Mendicanti e anziani in difficoltà”, “Ragazzi di bar”, “Napoletani che si divertono” e altro ancora. I testi (in inglese e in italiano) e le foto sono di Ciro Discepolo. 383 foto originali (354 a colori e 29 in bianco e nero).
Dalla quarta di copertina:
Does napoletanità (‘Neapolitanness’) exist?
Of course it does. Who could doubt it? I am not certainly referring to napoletanità in Lombrosian terms, but rather as something which encompasses a set of well defined and visible features shared by a large part of the population. The great Carl Gustav Jung maintained that everything that is born upon the Earth takes on the characteristics of the moment in which it is born, like vintage wines. For this reason, I am not claiming the existence of a napoletanità which could be either good or bad. I am simply arguing that Neapolitans set themselves apart from the rest of the world population. I believe that the privilege of the photographer, as well as of the anthropologist or of the sociologist, could be that of focusing on such characteristic features which cannot be confused with others belonging to different populations.
Otherwise, we should claim that the musicality of African Americans is pure invention, as well as the Russians’ attitude for poetry, or the Greenlanders’ sense of snow. It is unquestionable that, as for the homeopathic psora, centuries of history and of genetic grafts with the Greeks, Normans, Spanish and French have sedimented in the DNA of Neapolitans... Whole universes of environmental stimuli, that have produced peculiar varieties of lemons, wines, and landscapes, have merged in this culture. In addition, economic, social and political variables have also contributed to creating this specific picture. From this incredibly rich bunch of miscellaneous elements, the Neapolitan keeps on emerging as an ever changing being. S/he is never crystallized in the past, and yet s/he remains a unique specimen across the world, as well as the Scottish, the Cuban, or the Cantonese Chinese.
I believe that, the moment they share the joys and sufferings of this city, the many tourists who enjoy Naples end up by behaving in a Neapolitan way. Just observe them and you will see what I mean: do you really believe that a Swede, for instance, would behave the same way were he in Berlin, Sidney, or Naples?
This is the reason why in this book you will also find many pictures of “almost Neapolitans”, as in the cover image.
Esiste la napoletanità?
Certamente. Chi potrebbe dubitarne? Naturalmente non in senso lombrosiano, ma di raccogliente un insieme di caratteristiche ben definite e osservabili in una vasta porzione di popolazione. Il grande Carl Gustav Jung osservava che ogni cosa che nasce sulla Terra prende le caratteristiche del luogo e dell’istante in cui nasce, come i vini di annata.
Quindi non sto scrivendo che esista una napoletanità che possa essere declinata nel bene o nel male, ma semplicemente che i napoletani si distinguono dal resto della popolazione mondiale e privilegio del fotografo, come dell’antropologo o del sociologo o dell’astrologo, può essere quello di focalizzare tali tratti caratteristici e non confondibili con altri al mondo. Se così non fosse, dovremmo anche dire che la musicalità degli afro-americani è pura invenzione e così anche l’attitudine verso la poesia dei russi o il senso della neve di molti groenlandesi. Indubbiamente, come per la psora di concezione omeopatica, nel DNA dei napoletani si sono sedimentati millenni di storia, di innesti genetici di greci, nor¬manni, spagnoli, francesi... Si sono fusi universi di stimoli ambientali che caratterizzano anche particolari limoni, determinati vini e paesaggi a cui vanno aggiunte, indubbiamente, anche le variabili economiche, sociali, politiche, degli ultimi secoli di tale specifica storia.
Da questo ricchissimo coacervo continua a nascere il napoletano, un essere certamente in divenire e mai cristallizzato nel passato, ma pur sempre un esemplare assolutamente unico nell’universo, esattamente come uno scozzese, un cubano o un cinese cantonese.
Penso anche che i tantissimi turisti che godono di Napoli, nel momento in cui condividono le gioie e i dolori di questa città, finiscono per comportarsi anch’essi in maniera un po’ napoletana e basta osservarli per rendersene conto: pensate davvero che uno svedese, tanto per fare un esempio, si comporti in modo simile se si trova a Berlino, Sydney o Napoli? Per tale motivo troverete in questo libro di immagini anche tante foto, come nel caso della copertina, di “quasi napoletani”.
A journalist, writer, and astrologer, Ciro Discepolo has published about one hundred books in eight languages. This is his second book of photography. He travels extensively and has recently rediscovered his old passion for photography, to which he is devoting much of his time. His blog has had over one million visits and his Google+ page (which contains mainly his photographs) has been visited over 14 million times. He loves literature, cinema, photography, good food, and the Amalfi Coast.
Ciro Discepolo, giornalista, scrittore e astrologo, ha pubblicato un centinaio di libri in otto lingue. È al suo secondo libro di fotografia. Viaggia moltissimo e ha riscoperto, da poco, un’antica passione per la fotografia che lo sta prendendo tantissimo. Il suo blog ha superato 1 milione di contatti e la sua pagina di Google+ (praticamente di sole fotografie) è stata cliccata oltre 14 milioni di volte. Ama
Capodanno cinese a Napoli. Molti napoletani, come sempre, hanno partecipato e simpatizzato. Anche i politici locali hanno sottolineato il carattere amichevole della manifestazione, etc., etc... Io penso che se avessero partecipato anche i cinesi, sarebbe stata una bella festa.
- One year of Physics to the Federico II University in Naples
An astrologer, journalist and writer, he was born in Naples in 1948 (on the 17th of July, at 5:40 am)
He worked for twenty years for the most popular daily of Naples, Il Mattino, writing articles on science, medicine, informatics, literature and astrology. He has always refused to cast the so-called ‘horoscopes of the solar signs’ for that newspaper, as well as for any other newspaper or magazine.
He worked (at the age of 20) for five years at the CNR (National Research Council) as Research Helper and, for two years, as Electronic Measures Laboratory’s head in the Istituto Motori of Naples, CNR.
He has been dealing with astrology since 1970. He has written over 100 books, most of them best-sellers in Italy as well as abroad (France, the United States of America, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Russia) and he has published over 1,000 astrological lessons on YouTube and about 300 short Astrology Essays almost all on Google Books. In 1990 he founded the quarterly Ricerca ‘90, which he has been editing and publishing since then.
He has been doing statistical researches from the very beginning of his interest in astrology.
During the early ‘90s, he obtained brilliant results with researches on astral heredity on a sample of over 75,000 subjects, in different years and always under the control of different experts of statistics among which also teachers of the University of Naples.
The astrological rules #1 and #2, published in his Transits and Solar Returns but already described decades earlier in other publications of his, have been statistically demonstrated by Didier Castille – the greatest astrological statistic researcher in the world – on the entire French population, and this is probably the most convincing evidence in Astrology of the possibility to statistically demonstrate some astrological items. These rules were also demonstrated in over 40 years of studies by some researchers of Zurich University and they are the only statements of an astrologer, of every time, demonstrated by Official Science.
He has been holding seminars, courses and lectures in different universities and cultural centres in Italy and abroad.
He particularly deals with Predictive Astrology, Aimed Solar Returns and Aimed Lunar Returns. According to many colleagues, he may be considered the greatest living expert of this area of study. Not only has he written many texts on this specific segment of the art of Urania – he can also rely on the experience of more than 25,000 aimed birthdays (covering the years 1970 to 2012). The outcomes of these aimed birthdays have been recorded and analyzed by his consultants and himself at the end of each year after the consultant’s departure for the aimed birthday.
He has developed extremely advanced software packages for the study of Predictive Astrology, also projecting an innovative algorithm which is particularly useful for the dating of events within one year, for individuals or groups of people.
He is deeply interested in informatics. Astrologically speaking, he followed the school of André Barbault.
He founded the school of the Active Astrology.
Active Astrology is a school of Astrology founded by Ciro Discepolo in the early 90’s, based on researches that the Author has carried out from 1970.
It relies on two main subjects: Aimed Solar and Lunar Returns and the Exorcism of Symbols.
The main notion to which Active Astrology is anchored is that the beneficiary of this school strives to mitigate the so-called ‘negative influences’ that supposedly arrive from ‘dissonant’ positions of the Celestials in our solar system at the instant of the Solar or Lunar Return and also to potentiate the positive implications for the subjects who are examined every time.
An Aimed Solar Return consists in changing one’s place of staying on the day of his or her birthday every year, thus relocating the Solar Return according to Discepolo’s consolidated rules, and spending one day only (a few minutes in reality) in an accurately chosen place; which may be different for each year.
The Exorcism of Symbols, on the contrary, relates to the possibility of activating a symbol and therefore discharging it, according to the school of Carl Gustav Jung.
Complete bibliography: http://www.amazon.com/Ciro-Discepolo/e/B003DC8JOQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
La soggettività e la oggettività nelle scelte di indirizzo astrologico [The subjectivity and objectivity in the astrologically oriented choices], paid seminar at the University of the Studies of Padua, Faculty of Sciences of Communication, in the course conceived by Professor Maurizio Barbagallo, 9th of May 2001 (Link where you can download the relevant video, ca. 80 Mb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSvBGaz864M)
Miti, simboli, archetipi, astrologia, letteratura [Myths, symbols, archetypes, astrology, literature], University of the Studies of Naples “L’Orientale”, Department of Comparative Studies and Italian Institutes for the Philosophical Studies, edited by Professor Vittorio Marmo and Professor Anna Maria Pedullà, 9th of May 2006 (Search on www.youtube.com the link where you can download the relevant audio file)
Miti, simboli, archetipi, astrologia, letteratura [Myths, symbols, archetypes, astrology, literature], Budapest University (ELTE BTK Romanisztikai Intézet), 10th of October 2006 (http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/download/Budapest_01.mpg; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/download/Budapest_01.mpg; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/download/Budapest_01.mpg; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/download/Budapest_01.mpg;
Astrologia: sì o no?[Astrology: yes or no?], Italian Institute of Culture, Budapest (1088, Bródy S. u. 8.), 12th of October 2006 (see www.cirodiscepolo.it/)
A very short selection of the works in which Ciro Discepolo’s works are quoted
Italian Institutes for the Philosophical Studies - managed by Gerardo Marotta - Palazzo Serra di Cassano - Naples, Annuario 1975-2000. In the premises of the Institute
(it quotes three conferences and a seminar held by Ciro Discepolo in different years)
L´uomo che sa leggere nei segreti delle stelle, [The man who can read in the secrets of stars] by Mimmo Carratelli, La Repubblica.it, 4th of February 2007 (http://static.repubblica.it/napoli/speciali/volti_archivio/precedenti/040207.html)
The only guest in the TV programme GAP (Generazioni alla prova), broadcast by RAITRE on the 16th of April 2004 on the subject: The young and the astrology. The program GAP is part of Format, a television space edited by Giovanni Minoli. You can download the video of the program (ca 80 MB) from www.youtube.com.
Guest, together with the president of CICAP Steno Ferluga, of the radio program La notte dei misteri, broadcast by RAI Radiouno on the 8th of August 2002 (it lasted all night long), hosted by Gabriella Vasile and Elio Cadelo.
You can download the audio files of the radio broadcast here: http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/Articoli/Notte01.mp3; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/Articoli/Notte%2002.mp3; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/Articoli/Notte%2003.mp3; http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/Articoli/Notte%2004.mp3)
Giorgio Galli - Stelle Rosse, Astrologia neo-illuminista a uso della sinistra [Red Stars - Neo-Enlightenement Astrology for the use of the Left wing], 374 pages, Alacràn Edizioni, Milan, 2006, ISBN: 88-89603-24-0
A letter of Piero Chiara to Ciro Discepolo (https://plus.google.com/108726532055915587593/about)
Camilla Cederna - Casa Nostra [Our Home] - Mondadori, Milan, 1983
Luciana Marinangeli - Risonanze Celesti [Celestial Resonances] - Marsilio, Venice 2007, 334 pages
André Barbault - Un siècle de statistiques astrologiques, Éditions Traditionnelles, Paris
Astrologia e Informatica [Astrologia e Informatica] - Magazine BIT, Gruppo Editoriale Jackson, Year IV, number 19
Third Eysenck Research Seminar in Astrology - edited by Professor Hans J. Eysenck, former holder of the chair of Psychology at London University, known for having created psychological tests named after him, Museo Villa Pignatelli di Napoli, 3-4-5 of June 1988. Edition sponsored by the Regional Authority of Campania.
Contributions to the correction of data relevant to the various time zones (https://plus.google.com/108726532055915587593/about)
If you search Solar Returns (the astrological subject to which he is mostly committed) on www.yahoo.it, his name appears in the first six documents in a list of about 37 millions (www.cirodiscepolo.it/images/Yahoo20Novembre2011.jpg).
A nice André Barbault’s letter (https://plus.google.com/108726532055915587593/about)
A preface of André Barbault to a book of mine (https://plus.google.com/108726532055915587593/about)
Ciro Discepolo’s birth chart: http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/images/TN_Ciro.jpg
To the date of end September 2012 the pages of his blog are been visited from over half million people.
Some of Ciro Discepolo’s photos: http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/Images_of_Ciro_Discepolo_and_Active_Astrology.htm
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