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Catena and Tofanelli’s “Mareterno”


“Mareterno” is the first book by the Italian Street Photography duo Lorenzo Catena and Valeria Tofanelli, with an introduction by Melissa Breyer. The 136 picturesque photographs unfold the secrets at the margins of Rome, far away from the Eternal City as we know it. “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.

“Mareterno” comes in two different limited-editions: White Edition and Black Edition. The Black Edition features one unique Fine Art Photograph (30×20 cm) that has never been printed for sales before, and exclusively available through the purchasing of the book only.

The Photographers

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.

The Monograph

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.

Designed and Made in Italy

Fedrigoni Papers

Eyeshot uses only papers from Fedrigoni, an Italian paper mill founded in 1888 in Verona. All Fedrigoni’s papers are FSC® certified, made from pure ECF pulp. Every product is fully biodegradable and recyclable.

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.


EFC: ELEMENTARY CHLORINE FREE. It’s an environmentally friendly type of paper that has been bleached with products free of elemental chlorine. By replacing it with chlorine dioxide, polluting emissions are reduced by 90%.

FSC® MIX. The Forest Stewardship Council is one of the internationally recognised forestry certification systems, which guarantees the proper management of forests and the traceability of the resulting products.

HEAVY METAL ABSENCE. Paper and packaging are produced in a way that allows them to be reused and recycled. The absence of harmful metals and other substances and materials that are hazardous to human health is guaranteed.

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.

Lorenzo’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

Valeria’s Vision

“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

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