“Mareterno” by Lorenzo Catena & Valeria Tofanelli

Mareterno” is the first book by the Italian Street Photography duo Lorenzo Catena and Valeria Tofanelli, with an introduction by Melissa Breyer. 160 picturesque photographs unfold the secrets at the margins of Rome, far away from the Eternal City as we know it.

Materernoautographed by Lorenzo Catena and Valeria Tofanelli will be available for a maximum of 3 releases:

  • 1st Drop (120 White Editions, 4 exclusive postcards): Sold Out.
  • 2nd Drop (150 White Editions): Available.

Black Edition: Available.

Catena Tofanelli White Edition
Catena Tofanelli Black Edition

Product Details / Black edition

Limited Edition Print 1/30

Each Black Edition contains one unique Fine Art Photograph (30×21 cm – printed on Hahnemühle FineArt paper with pigment inks and tested for longevity) that has never been printed for sale before. Available through the purchasing of this book only.

Available 30 Black Editions autographed by Lorenzo and Valeria:
15 Black Editions with Lorenzo Catena’s photograph
15 Black Editions with Valeria Tofanelli’s photograph

Please specify which Black Edition you wish to receive at the checkout.

01 Fine Art Frame 30x40cm Catena
Black Edition © Lorenzo Catena
01 Fine Art Frame 30x40cm Tofanelli
Black Edition © Valeria Tofanelli
Catena Tofanelli Postcards

Exclusive Gift

3 limited edition postcards

Only the first 150 orders will receive 3 limited edition postcards signed by Lorenzo Catena and Valeria Tofanelli.

The best Street Photography experience you can have delivered directly to your doorstep.

Made in Italy

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Symbol Tatami White 135g/m2 is a thick paper coated on both sides with a Matt finish. Its volume and thickness give it a remarkable textural consistency that makes it ideal for prestigious publications such as Eyeshot’s monographs.


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LONG LIFE: ISO 9706 / This certification ensures that paper production recycles more CO2 than it emits, thus reducing the release of CO2 into the atmosphere that causes global warming. In compliance with ISO 9706 standards, the paper we use is acid-free which gives it resistance to light, wear and tear, and durability over time. It can be stored for up to 200 years.

Eyeshot soundtrack

An original piece to celebrate the margins of Rome, Italy

Alessandro Cianci & LvnarEyeshot Book, “Mareterno”
© Lorenzo Catena

The Photographer 1/2

Lorenzo Catena

Lorenzo Catena is a photographer and architect based in Rome, Italy. He captures moments of everyday life, working towards complex and evocative compositions assembled with harmony through vibrant colours and plays of light.

In 2019, Lorenzo was among the winners at the “Summer heat” competition curated by Magnum Photos. In 2021, his work was selected by Martin Parr in The Independent Photographer Platform, Street Photography category.

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© Lorenzo Catena
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© Lorenzo Catena

The Photographer 2/2

Valeria Tofanelli

Valeria Tofanelli is an Italian photographer based in Rome, Italy, the place where she was born and raised. Photography allows her to interpret reality and mould it as she pleases. Through linear compositions and intense use of colour, she creates representations of reality bordering on abstraction.

Her photography work has been exhibited in both Italy and overseas, published in books, magazines, as well as online articles.

© Valeria Tofanelli

In details

The photographic journey

Mareterno” (Eternal Sea) is a complex body of work that takes the viewer on a journey whose aim is to give people and places their voice.

Often led by chance, Lorenzo Catena and Valeria Tofanelli listened to the stories of the city dwellers: each and every one of them added a piece to the complex relationship with Ostia — the place where the book takes place.

The outcome is a compelling experience that allows the viewer to discover truths yet to be revealed.

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00006 Lorenzo Catena Eyeshot
© Lorenzo Catena

The photographer's vision

“The coexistence between complex and simple aesthetics is the key element in my research. The juxtaposition of multiple layers, landscapes and stories in a single image”.

— Lorenzo Catena.

“I always try to go deeper: I like to conceal certain aspects in the scene to leave an ambiguity of interpretation. To ensure the photograph is complete only in the encounter with the viewer”.

— Valeria Tofanelli.

© Valeria Tofanelli