Back in the 2010s, Nickolas Marinelli was the publisher of the short-lived La Scintilla Italiana, an online news source for all things Italian in Northern California.  Previous to that, he was a weekly columnist, reporter, photographer, and Northern California Editor for L’Italo-Americano, a century-old, weekly newspaper. He regularly covered community events in the Italian Community of San Francisco, both as a reporter and as a press photographer. The former Consul General of Italy has referred to him as  "...la cronista della communità italiana," i.e., the chronicler of the Italian community.

Of the scores of photographs he would likely take at any given event, only one or two of them might ultimately appear in print. The remainder went unseen, even by the subjects of the photographs themselves. At the urging of those who asked to see his unpublished photographs, this website was created.

Those wishing to obtain copies of these photographs may do so, easily, quickly, and inexpensively. One hundred percent of the net proceeds derived from the sale of prints benefit non-profit organizations within the Italian Community.  Digital downloads are, and always have been, free.