Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation with Paolo Manzo

November 2, 2023
13:00–14:00PM EDT
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A minor holding a toy gun in the historic center of Ponticelli, during local festivities. Educational poverty has a significant impact on the southern regions of Italy. According to statistics reported by the Provincial Command of the Carabinieri for the year 2022, 671 weapons were seized. Naples is the leading metropolitan area in Europe for the use of firearms by minors. Photo by Paolo Manzo

“Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation With…” is a series of events where well-known photographers discuss with Ilvy their responses to the four questions below.

  • What is your most important photograph, how did you make it, and what impact do you think it had?
  • What is your biggest photo failure, an image you wanted or needed, but you messed up somehow?
  • What is your dream image or story?
  • What advice would you give to your younger self?


Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, focusing on Africa. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues.
Paolo Manzo is a photographer based and trained in photography in Naples and at the European Institute of Design in Rome. His work has been featured in several national magazines like Vanity Fair, La Repubblica, Donna Moderna, Millennium, and international magazines such as Focus Magazine, Edition Gallimard, and El Pais. In 2023, Manzo received the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award. The same year, he also won the Felix Schoeller Photo Award and became a finalist at the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award.

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