Although a graduate in medicine, Ascanio Raffaelle Ciriello devoted himself to his great passion: photography. He started being a photographer in the early nineties, working for the Motociclismo magazine. Then, a rapid career progression led him to be a freelance war photojournalist in Somalia and in various other parts of the world, also as a collaborator of Corriere della Sera. At just 42, whilst documenting a roundup by the Israeli army in Ramallah, he was killed.
(from Memorial Day of journalists killed by mafia and terrorism, Rome, 2008)
(Update by Grazia Pia Attolini – 3 May 2020)
- 2010 – The Court of Milan, after a long legal battle conducted by his widow, accorded the status of “victim of international terrorism” to the photojournalist, with the consequent legal benefits in favour of the widow and his daughter 18 years old at the time of death of her father.