Simone Donati (Italy, 1977) completed the three-year course in photography at the Studio Marangoni in Florence in 2005. After an internship at Magnum Photos in New York, in 2006 he started working in the field of documentary photography. During the past years his attention has focused on the political and social situation of Italy.
Simone was selected as one of the three finalists in the portrait category of the 2008 Sony World Photography Awards and received the 3rd place at the 2010 Ponchielli prize with “Welcome to Berlusconistan”. With "Valley of Angels" was a finalist at the 2011 OjodePez Award.
His photographs have been part of solo and group shows in Italy and abroad and have been published in the main italian and international magazines, among which Der Spiegel, D - La Repubblica, Geo, IL, Internazionale, Io Donna, L’Espresso, Le Monde Magazine, Monocle, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Panorama, Sette and Vanity Fair.
In 2015 he published "Hotel Immagine" his first self-published book, about his 5 years project following myths and icons of the Italian contemporary imaginary.
Simone is based in Florence.
From the last years in power of Silvio Berlusconi until the rise of Matteo Renzi, “Circus” looks at a variety of events and situations in the Italian political scene.
An insight not only to the main political figures but also to the small happenings around Italy, for a behind the scenes of the supporters and their leaders.
The work, part of it done with photographer Gianni Cipriano on assignment for l'Espresso, aims at documenting the Italian political status of the past years, showing the scenario of the public life of the politicians and the reality connected to them: places, people, details, small circles and large institutions.
From politics to religion, going from music, sport and television, between 2009 and 2015 Simone Donati crossed his country in search of myths and icons of the Italian contemporary imaginary. This project provides a glimpse into the Italian society with an ironic but also purely documentary look.
The resulting book contains a selection of 48 images with the addition of phrases taken from Facebook groups of the various situations photographed. There is also an afterword by writer Daniele Rielli (Quit the Doner), which besides giving an opinion on the subject also comments on the Facebook phrases.
From politics to religion, going from music, sport and television, between 2009 and 2015 Simone Donati crossed his country in search of myths and icons of the Italian contemporary imaginary. This project, which became a self-published book in 2015, provides a glimpse into the Italian society with an ironic but also purely documentary look.