Stefano Schirato was born in Bologna in 1974, where he graduated in Political Sciences.
He has been working as a freelance photographer with a keen focus on social themes.
After several reportages covering topics such as the condition of the street children living in the sewers of Bucharest, he was awarded with a scholarship to take part in a course with Magnum photographer Steve McCurry.
In 1999, together with the Non-Governmental Organization New Humanity and in support of Emergency, he proposed to witness the drama of landmines in Cambodia. This work gave birth to his first book, Gli occhi della Cambogia, with a preface by Ferdinando Scianna.
Starting from 2000 he devoted himself to a long-term project about seized ships which was to take him, over the next two years, in various mediterranean ports in order to document the life of maritime prisoners on board.
In 2002 he met the Oscar-winning film director Giuseppe Tornatore, who examined his images and encouraged their publication.
The same year, the publisher Silvana Editoriale launched his new book entitled Né in terra, né in mare (neither on sea nor land) with an essay by G. Tornatore.
In the last years has been divided between social issues and still photography and backstage of G. Tornatore’s movies. He works as a freelance with national and international magazines and from 2014 is teaching photojournalism in Pescara, where he lives, for Mood Photography school, of which he is a founding member.
His works have appeared on Vanity Fair, Panorama, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Il Manifesto, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Le Figarò Magazine, Washington Post, Geo International.