Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
I'm a Sicilian-born independent photographer based between New York and Naples, Italy. My work focuses on contemporary social, political and economic issues and my interests lie in the relationship between individual identity, territory and the influence of mass culture. Over the past years I have developed a cross-platform visual language that ranges from by my personal documentary projects to editorial and commercial assignments.
I have been working on a regular basis for The New York Times since 2008, for which I have covered stories in New York, Italy, Malta and Tunisia. Since 2012 I have been documenting the ongoing upheaval in Italian politics for L'Espresso weekly. Other clients and publications include The Wall Street Journal, Time, Le Monde Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, MSNBC.com, Rolling Stone, D Repubblica, Io Donna, Ventiquattro, IL, Courrier International, Vanity Fair, Esquire, among others.
The oldest of two children in a family of immigrants, I grew up between Brooklyn, Geneva and Palermo. After studying aerospace engineering and architecture, I graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2008 and interned with photojournalists Ron Haviv (VII) and Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos). In 2008, Getty Images selected me as one of its “Emerging Talents” of Reportage. That same year I was selected for the XXI 2008 Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. Between 2009 and 2012 I was part of Reflexions Masterclass, an international seminar on contemporary photography conducted by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. He has also been nominated to participate in the Joop Swart World Press Photo Masterclass.
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Online portfolio gallery of "Politico", a project about the art of politics as a self-conscious way of acting and thinking. "Politico" is about the theatricality, the spectarularization and personification of politics – a phenomenon the so-called mature democracies have in common – and the modern awareness that human affairs are not transparent, but devious, complex and unpredictable.