Just as, in the 19th century, ports defined urban planning and highways played that role in the 20th, airports will shape cities in this, the 21st century. That is the opinion of North American academic John Kasarda, who coined the concept “aerotropolis”, in 2012, as a model for the smart city of the future. For these new cities, airports will be the central landmarks in the way they are configured, insofar as they stand as focal points for business, commerce or communication. The concept attracted Di Sturco right from the start and in 2011 he began to photograph the dimensions of these new megalopolis, including New Songdo City, in South Korea. The pictures, however, harbour a degree of unease since, while it might seem fascinating that this is the direction society is taking and that its inhabitants might also be travellers, the author feels that technological advance and comfort will come at a high price, given that citizens will not only be under constant observation by the authorities but be accompanied too by an all engulfing loneliness.
Born in Milano in 1979, the artist is based between London and Bangkok and he currently works primarily throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Twice the first prize winner of the World Press Photo Awards, Sony World Photo Awards and the British Journal of Photography among other awards and recognitions. Giulio continues to push the boundaries of documentary photography by constantly refining his aesthetic and expanding his visual vocabulary through new and old mediums. Much of his personal work focuses on human adversity in climates of environmental and technological evolution. He is currently represented by the Media Company Institute based in UK and United States.