Bagnoli, Naples: Chronicles of an Industrial Past and the Faces of Tomorrow


Join us for “Bagnoli: A Tale of Transformation,” an Eyeshot Photographic Experience that goes beyond the lens. Under the guidance of professional documentary photographer Claudio Menna, this unique editorial assignment challenges you to capture the intricate narrative of Bagnoli, an area that has seen a complex history of industrialization, abandonment, and tentative rebirth.

Ready to capture a narrative as complex as Bagnoli and Coroglio themselves? Secure your spot in this exclusive Eyeshot Photographic Experience to capture the essence of a place caught between its past and its future.

The photo-experience is offered in both English and Italian.

EYESHOT EXPERIENCE: A Journey into Urban transformation

The Historical Context: Bagnoli and Coroglio

Situated in the city of Naples abutting Capo Posillipo, Coroglio is an area that brushes against the beautiful Capo Posillipo. Nestled within this area is Bagnoli, once the pulsating heart of Italian industrialization and a location as complex as it is intriguing. It served as the seat of Italsider, one of the largest steelworks in Europe and a beacon of Italy’s post-war economic miracle. However, the closure of the steelworks in the 1990s ushered in a period of decline, leaving behind a landscape scarred by industrial decay and a community grappling with unemployment and uncertainty.

Today, Bagnoli is a realm of contrasts, a haunting yet alluring tableau where echoes of a prosperous past mingle with visions of an undefined future. Its piers, warehouses, and machinery have become a sort of industrial archaeology, a visual representation of the cycles of growth, decline, and transformation that many urban areas undergo. These areas have wrestled with identity, caught between a past of industrial prowess and a future still in the making. They represent the epitome of urban transformation, offering endless visual narratives waiting to be explored and captured.

The Human Element: Beyond Documentation

Capturing Change, Complexity, and Humanity

The aim of this photo-experience is to crystallize this complex tapestry into a series of five images. Your photos should not merely document but interpret, turning ruins into symbols, faces into stories, and landscapes into emotions.

To enrich your experience, you’ll conduct brief interviews with the locals, adding layers of empathy and information to your visual story. The ultimate goal is to produce a narrative that marries the remnants of industrial Bagnoli with the human elements that are its past, present, and future.

Program highlights

Eyeshot Experience Detailed Schedule

Your day begins with an exploratory walk through the industrial ruins and revitalized spaces of Bagnoli and Coroglio, capturing the visual contrast between decay and rebirth. This poignant landscape serves as your canvas, as you capture the architectural remnants of industrial might and juxtapose them with the faces of local residents, weaving a narrative that links Bagnoli’s and Coroglio’s past with their uncertain future.

In the afternoon, participants will make their way back to Magazzini Fotografici, where Claudio Menna will guide you through a focused editing session. Here, your raw captures will be refined, sequenced, and transformed into a compelling visual story that resonates with depth, meaning, and your own unique vision.

Eyeshot workshop experience

Schedule Details

Morning Session | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Piazzetta Bagnoli

Lunch Break | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Afternoon Review & Editing | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM at Magazzini Fotografici

Meet Your Guide:
Claudio Menna

Born in Italy in 1985, Claudio Menna is a Naples-based documentary photographer with a unique background in architecture and a respected contributor to various national and international press agencies. He embarked on his artistic voyage in 2012 with the project “La Ciudad de D10S,” a captivating exploration of his own city, Naples. The project explores the r the stark contrasts of beauty and hardship, tradition and modernity, that make up the city’s districts.

Through a lens that captures everything from societal movements to symbols of devotion, Claudio finds life and beauty in the complex fabric of urban existence. His works often focus on hidden minorities within society, providing them with a visual voice that resonates deeply. His compelling narratives have found homes in several esteemed publications, making him an authority in the field.

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Terms and Conditions for the Eyeshot Experience

Please carefully read the terms and conditions shared below. These are designed to ensure the best experience for all participants and to maintain the integrity and quality of the workshop. By registering for this event, you agree to adhere to and be bound by these terms.


Payment of Fee

The full fee must be paid prior to the commencement of the workshop. Failure to make the payment by the stipulated date may result in the loss of the participant’s spot in the workshop.

Cancellation by Organizer
  • Eyeshot reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are fewer than 6 participants. In the event of such cancellation, students will receive a full refund.
  • In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice.
Changes to the Program

Eyeshot reserves the right to make changes or alterations to the advertised program to ensure the quality of the workshop or to address unforeseen circumstances.

Cancellation by the Participant
  • Eyeshot will refund all registration costs, excluding a 10% administrative fee, if we are informed of the cancellation at least 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
  • 50% of the fee will be charged if cancellation occurs between 29 and 15 days before the workshop begins.
  • 90% of the fee will be charged if cancellation occurs less than 14 days before the workshop begins.

Eyeshot will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal property during the workshop. Participants are advised to have appropriate insurance.

Copyright and Use of Images

While participants retain all rights to the images they create during the experience, Eyeshot reserves the right to use the photographs for promotional purposes, always crediting the author.

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards other participants, instructors, and staff. Eyeshot reserves the right to remove any participant displaying inappropriate behavior, without a refund.