Alessandro Toscano – New Shepherds in Sardinia

New foreign workers on Sardinian farms. New Shepherds is a coverage report on foreign workers on Sardinian farms.



Paradoxically, they are the ones keeping alive and transforming a profession that has always characterized the Sardinian economy and culture. Still, they stay in the shadows. The all-time lows of milk prices, the drought, an outdated bureaucratic system and above all the complete lack of manual labour have caused trouble for hundreds of companies on the entire island. A solution has been found in employing boys or entire families from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. In this way, generational continuity, which has always characterized the shepherd figure in Sardinia, is being lost.





















More images and other interesting projects on Alessandro Toscano’s website. Having graduated in Communications in Rome, where he has been living since 2002, he started as a self-taught photographer. In recent years, he has been experimenting with the language of journalistic reportage. As soon as in 2005, he carried out various video photographical projects, which brought him to collaborate with CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour), Mental Health Department of Cagliari, Province of Madrid and Rai (Italian National Radio and Television). He currently works on a project called Sardinian Postcards.

He exhibited his photos in Rome, Milan, Cagliari and Madrid, as well as in various editorial publications. With Peo Vertamy, he runs OnOff Picture.OnOff Picture was founded in October 2009 as a photographic agency specializing in photojournalism and reportage photography.
Collaborating with young professional photographers, OnOff Picture has succeeded in creating a dynamic, innovative young agency which is alert to new photographic languages and to the changing demands of the publishing market.
OnOff Picture produces quality, insightful photojournalistic reportage and has the firm intention of participating in an active and proactive way in the free creation of intelligent information.
In order to achieve this, the agency requires and seeks stimulation, participation and debate from members of its staff, which in turn places them in the optimal conditions for developing their projects and ideas.