A native son of Sicily, Charley Fazio began his artistic journey as a painter. He describes his early work as consisting of “almost metaphysically lonely elements in open spaces filled with color.” Fazio’s eventual career as a geologist left him little time to paint, but the spectacular vistas of the natural world spoke deeply to him, and Fazio began photographing the volcanoes, islands, and sea that surrounded him. At first, he sought out the same isolated scenes he’d painted in the past, but in due course Fazio found himself moving to the theatre, to the streets, and to people. He eventually replaced melancholy with vibrancy, and his world was changed.
Fazio believes that the intrinsic value of photography is in its ability to make the viewer and the artist one. The gift of photography is the gift of vision: for a moment, the viewer is able to see through the artist’s eyes. This realization, for Fazio, was an illumination. “My life path has taken an exponential leap thanks to the light of my photographs,” he says. “I will die with my camera in my hands.”
Currently he works as a freelancer in any field of photography that he feels he can embrace with soul, nature and landscape,
theater, weddings, conceptual art, reportage, still life, glamour photography etc .. also collaborating with non-profit
organizations that are primarily of aid to disadvantaged children all over the world.
2016 - HONORABLE MENTION , 2016 - HONORABLE MENTION IPA 2016, 2015 - HONORABLE MENTION , 2014 - FIOF AWARDS Nikon, 2012 - National Geographic Italia 2012 Finalist, 2011 - National Geographic Italia 2011 Finalist , 2010 - National Geographic Italia 2010 Finalist , 2008 - Shortlisted at Sony World Photography Awards, 2016 - HONORABLE MENTION , 2016 - HONORABLE MENTION
Shot for Hope
During my several humanitarian mission in Kilis (at the syrian border), I asked children to shot with a instant camera, the target was "the beauty".