Lights, camera, pontiff! Behind the scenes at the Vatican
Ever wonder what it’s like to go behind the scenes at the Vatican?
Gianluca Tullio, who is based in Italy, photographed a series of images that depict the Vatican Television Center, which Pope John Paul II commissioned in 1983. The former pontiff aimed to improve and expand the communication of the church while documenting the activities of the Catholic leader. The collection includes images taken on different occasions from February 2013 through February 2014.
Tullio completed a large portion of the project last March, when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and Pope Francis was elected the next leader of the Catholic Church. Francis, the first Jesuit to assume the role of pontiff, promised to change the ways the Vatican conducts business. He has broken with his predecessors several times, saying the church cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage, and the use of contraceptives, and asking, “Who am I to judge?” in response to reports of gay clergy members. And he has hopes to build showers for homeless men and women in Vatican City to ease their suffering.
The current Catholic leader was named “Person of the Year” in 2013 by TIME magazine. He even posed for a selfie with youths during a meeting in St. Peter’s Basilica. He plans to visit the United States next year in his first trip to the country since he took control of the papacy.
Tullio mostly followed the center’s technicians and operators, who worked closely with the pope.
“My story tries to maintain a point of view at the same time ‘internal’ and ‘external,’ observing both the preparation of the size properly spectacular events and trying to catch them in the constant relationship between stage and backstage,” he said.