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Ferdinando Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically. Feste Religiose in Sicilia (1965) included an essay by the Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia, and it was the first of many collaborations with famous writers.

Scianna moved to Milan in 1966. The following year he started working for the weekly magazine L’Europeo, first as a photographer, then from 1973 as a journalist. He also wrote on politics for Le Monde Diplomatique and on literature and photography for La Quinzaine Littéraire.

In 1977 he published Les Siciliens in France and La Villa Dei Mostri in Italy. During this period Scianna met Henri Cartier-Bresson, and in 1982 he joined Magnum Photos. He entered the field of fashion photography in the late 1980s. At the end of the decade he published a retrospective, Le Forme del Caos (1989).

Scianna returned to exploring the meaning of religious rituals with Viaggio a Lourdes (1995), then two years later he published a collection of images of sleepers – Dormire Forse Sognare (To Sleep, Perchance to Dream). His portraits of the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges were published in 1999, and in the same year the exhibition Niños del Mundo displayed Scianna’s images of children from around the world.

In 2002 Scianna completed Quelli di Bagheria, a book on his home town in Sicily, in which he tries to reconstruct the atmosphere of his youth through writings and photographs of Bagheria and the people who live there.

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Valerio Bispuri was born in Rome in 1971 and after graduating in Literature he decided to devote his attention to photography. Professional reporter since 2001 he collaborates with numerous Italian and international magazines, among which L’Espresso, Il Venerdì, Internazionale, Le Monde, Stern. He has carried out reportages in Africa, Asia, Middle East, but it is in Latin America that Valerio worked the longest and has lived in Buenos Aires for more than a decade.

He has worked on “Encerrados” for 10 years, a long term photographic project on the life conditions in 74 prisons across all the countries in the South American continent, describing with an anthropological and journalistic approach, the inmates’ reality. This work has been exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, at the University of Geneva, at the Browse Festival in Berlin and, in October 2014, at the Bronx Documentary Center of New York.

In November 2014 “Encerrados” became a book edited by Contrasto.

In 2015 Valerio finished another important photographic project that lasted for 8 years, denouncing the diffusion and the effects of a new low-cost drug called “Paco” that is killing an entire generation of youths in the suburbs of South American large cities. The work on “Paco” has been exhibited in Rome, Milan and Istanbul (catalogue published by International Green Cross).

Roberto Kusterle

Roberto Kusterle was born in Gorizia in 1948, where he still lives and works.

He began with painting and installation in the 1970’s, before identifying photography as the ideal means for his artistic expression.

During the following years the principal themes of his poetics emerged: a continuity between the human, animal and vegetable world, the mediating role of the body, the negation of the gaze, the constant practice of irony, ambiguity and displacement to shape an idea and to make the viewer wonder.

Photography is used to maintain the tension between fiction and reality. Kusterle has a very personal approach to the camera: the actual taking of the picture is only the last step in a complex and articulated creative process.

Roberto Pireddu

Born on October, 5th 1984 in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy).

At a very young age he started to draw focusing solely on the black and white creations.

The monochrome has quickly became his natural habitat when he has encountred the world of Photography.

Thanks to some of his masters, especially Elliott Erwitt and Richard Kalvar, he promptly met what is now generally called “street photography”.

In 2014, he left Sardinia and moved to Bologna in the Italian mainland where he currently lives and works.

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Claudia Cosentino

I’ve started taking photos during my last year of university, when I moved back to my hometown. I was bored and lonely, so I decided to start a relationship with a camera. The only model I had was myself, that’s why I started an endless journey about self portraits. With the time I’ve improved my skills and made some friends, so I’ve started to test my camera on other people too. It was interesting. Girls are still my favorite subjects, intimate atmospheres and strong feelings are what I want to capture. Then, I sometimes like find a good song, because even images often need a soundtrack.

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Gypsies, Valerio Bispuri

The Roma are a distinct ethnic minority originating from Northwestern India and living all over Europe and America. Their total population has recently been esteemed to be more than 14 millions. They usually form a separate social group, only partially integrated into the societies and countries where they live. A history of discrimination, persecution and killings – culminating with the Nazi holocaust – has pushed the Roma and other related minorities (Sinti etc.) to the margins of society, making them one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged minorities in Europe. Many Roma continue to face widespread racism and discrimination and to get limited access to basic rights and services and are almost unrepresented in public and political life. As a result, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, lack of formal education, substandard housing are commonplace among them.

The photographer’s work on the Roma started in the late ’90s, in several Roma camps scattered around Italy (Rome, Naples, Bologna). In 2015, he returned to Bosnia on the tracks of their culture. From Mostar to Sarajevo, Roma people live in the outskirts of cities in labyrinthic villages consisting of shacks or small houses and keep more faithful to ancient traditions than more nomadic groups who moved to the West and got influenced by richer and consumeristic societies.

This story intends to tell Roma’s unvarnished truth, beyond stereotypes and ignorance still surrounding them, benefiting from a very close and intimate look and revealing unknown aspects of their emotions and culture.

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Dario Mitidieri

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Indonesian Transgender, Fulvio Bugani

Fulvio Bugani was born in Bologna in 1974.

He started working as a photographer in 1995. After a close collaboration with major photo studios of Bologna, he founded his own studio in 1999

Bugani has been a freelance professional photographer for over 20 years, working with associations and NGOs. He actively collaborates with MSF (Medecins Sans Frontier) and Amnesty International, for which he has participated in several projects on human rights, illegal immigration and the right to housing.

His work has been published on international magazines and websites like TIME LightBox, LFI – Leica Fotografie International and Cubadebate.

Among other recognitions, in 2015 he was awarded at the World Press Photo, for his work about Indonesian Transgender. While in 2016 his reportage about Cuba was selected as one of the 12 finalists at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Daniela Ortolani

Nacida en Roma en el septiembre del 1961, se distingue por una sobresaliente predisposición al movimiento, entendido como viajo. Ánimo libre y rebelde, hostil a las uniones y a las prohibiciones, acabados los estudios artísticos, se dedica con determinada pasión al desarrollo de su vida, siguiendo los olores, los sonidos, las sensaciones que la circundan.

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Giacomo Brunelli

Giacomo Brunelli (b. Perugia, Italy, 1977) graduated with a degree in International Communications in 2002. His series on animals has been exhibited widely with shows at The Photographers’Gallery, London (Uk), Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris (France), Format Festival, Derby (Uk), Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg (Germany), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands), Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Daegu PhotoBiennal (South Korea), Angkor PhotoFestival (Cambodia), BlueSky Gallery, Portland (Usa), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Uk), Griffin Museum ,Boston (Usa), StreetLevel Glasgow (Uk), Photofusion, London (Uk), Arden & Anstruther Petworth (Uk), Galleria Belvedere Milan (Italy), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland) and Boutographies, Montepellier (France).

The work has won the Sony World Photography Award, the Gran Prix Lodz, Poland and the Magenta Foundation “Flash Forward 2009”. It has also been featured widely in the art and photography press including The Guardian (Uk), Harper’s Magazine (Usa), Eyemazing (Holland), European Photography (Germany), B&W Magazine (Usa), Creative Review (Uk), Foto&Video (Russia), Images Magazine (France) Photographie (Germany), Katalog (Denmark), AdBusters (Canada), FOTO (Sweden) and FOTOGRAFI (Norway).

His work is in the collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Uk Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and Portland Art Museum, Usa.

“The Animals”, his first monograph, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2008.

In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’Gallery to do a project on London that will be shown there from the 27th February – 27th April 2014

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Matteo Bosi

He was born in 1966 in Cesena – that is, in the Italian region of hospitality – where for years he has been living with his loved wife and two sons.

After graduating from the famous Istituto d’Arte della Ceramica di Faenza (‘Art Institute of Ceramics in Faenza’) in 1985, he has begun a long artistic career characterized by continuous experimentation. This has been leading him to use multiple means of expression: from ceramics to painting, from photography to digital techniques.

Since 2000, he is the owner of the Communication Agency “Pixel Planet” S.a.s. Through this, he got to work:
both as communication designer, by creating graphics, packaging, web-design and advertising campaigns,
and as fitter and organizer for Art Museums and Photographic Exhibitions in Italy and abroad on behalf of government agencies and foundations.

An indisputable cameo of his agency is also the commercial photography for Companies that need to produce advertising campaigns, cataloguing and marketing of their own products.

Since 2012 Pixel Planet also offers courses dedicated to Photography, and it has become itself an exhibition space, as well as a place for cultural exchange.

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Aurelio Bormioli

Aurelio Bormioli was born in Savona in 1969. Since he was a child, he was interested in photography thanks to his father who was an amateur photographer.
As years went by, he attended workshops with many famous sector experts, such as Ivano Bolondi, Pino Ninfa, and Ernesto Bazan.
Nowadays, he works with a professional Nikon equipment, although he usually uses films as well, especially pinhole cameras, that are strongly admired by Aurelio.
The first 12 photos of this portfolio have been made with a pinhole camera ( Zero 2ooo 6×6 – Zero 6×9 Multi Format ) and Ilford Delta 100/400 Pro film – Rollei Digibase 200 CN, Fuji Velvia 50/100

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Francesco Ridolfi

Francesco Ridolfi is a portrait photographer active in both the commercial and artistic fields.

His work has been acknowledged and published in Italy and internationally.

For commercial work, Francesco is represented in Italy by Take Production, while his artistic research is promoted in the UK by the Doinel Gallery of London.

Francesco loves photography that succeeds in seizing the passing moment, but is drawn more deeply by frames that, in finalising a project of research, find the right form for a well-conceived idea.

He has recently begun using video – a natural extension of his photographic work.

Francesco’s working life is divided between Bologna, Milan and Brussels, for commercial and editorial assignments.

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Gian Paolo Dessolis

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Elena Gallotta

Elena Gallotta is an Italian born fine-art photographer currently based in Ireland.

She comes from a ballet and theatre background which strongly influences her work.

Her images reflect her relationship with dance and non-verbal communication itself.

Her work can often be defined as an antropolologic study of the the human body and it’s mysterious subtle language.

Elena’s way of composing a picture and working with the light is hugely inspired by her passion for paintings, especially the Old Masters.

She has been published in numerous art magazines throughout Europe. In 2009 she went back to her first love when she was commissioned to make a short dance film by the Irish Arts Council.

She collaborated with two major dance performers from France and the film was a very productive visual-kinetic exchange between them all. The final result, “Story of One” was selected and screened in the Oxford Dance Festival in 2010.

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I must be the luckiest man alive. I not only get to meet and photograph the world’s most beautiful women, but when I’m not in the studio or on location I fly Chinook and Huey helicopters for the Italian army! My passion is to capture and share the sensual beauty of the female form. The female nude is, for me, nature’s finest gift. I am so moved by this aesthetic that I try to translate what I feel into still images. I don’t use many models as I prefer to form special working relationships with just a few. I think this is the most important part of taking a great photograph. I have very special feelings for my models and they for me. A recipe of trust, understanding, humour and friendship allows my models and I to relax, to relax in such a way that my camera becomes simply a tool for capturing the moments we share. Many people ask me whether I am a romantic when they see my photographs. I take this as a great compliment. It means that I portray women in the right light. I am romantic and in front of such extraordinary beauty I want to create poetry with my camera.

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