Viviana Peretti is an Italian freelance photographer based in New York where in 2010 she graduated in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography (ICP).
In 2000, after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Rome, she moved to Colombia where she got an MA in photojournalism and spent nine years working as a freelance photographer.
Viviana has received fellowships and awards from the International Center of Photography, the Joannie M. Chen Fund in New York, CNN, the Fondation Bruni-Sarkozy in France, FotoVisura, Sony, the World Photography Organization in London, the Moscow International Foto Awards, the Camargo Foundation in the US, the University of Salamanca, the Spanish Embassy in Colombia, the Photo Museum in Bogota, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. In 2010 she has been selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop.
In 2013 Viviana has been an Artist-in-Residence at L’École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP) in Arles, France. In 2014 she has been elected Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards' Arts & Culture category for her series Dancing Like a Woman, has won the American Photography 30 in the US, her work has been selected at The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2015 Viviana has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
Her work has been published in a number of international media outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, BBC, CNN, L'Oeil de la Photographie, New York Magazine, El Mundo, Vice, Le Journal de la Photographie, and L'Espresso.
2017 - Bogliasco Foundation Fellow, Italy, 2015 - Camargo Foundation Fellow, France, 2014 - Photographer of the Year at the SWPA, UK, 2014 - Winner American Photography 30, USA, 2013 - Artist-in-Residence at the ENSP in Arles, France
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Distressed New York
This series was shot in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island the days and weeks after hurricane Sandy hit New York on October 29, 2012.
All the series was shot using an Holga and an Isolette camera.
The third weekend of October of every year, the saints Mary Jacobé and Mary Salomé are celebrated in Saintes Maries de la Mer, a small village in the heart of the Camargue, South of France. Romani (aka gypsies) from the region carry the saints' effigies in a long procession to the beach to be blessed in the sea. The procession is not only made of Romani, but of the region's Arlesiennes in their distinctive costume, as well as the Gardians (Camargue's cowboys) and pilgrims.
The emblem of the region is the Camargue Cross, composed of three elements: an anchor, a cross, and a heart, representing the three cardinal virtues of hope, faith, and charity. The unusual shape of the upper cross reproduces the trident-shaped tool used by the gardians, the ubiquitous cowboys who make up a large part of Camargue’s cultural legacy. The anchor does double duty, symbolizing the fishermen of the region.
This series was shot in 2013 using an iPhone.
In Rome, my city, the ancient and the modern combine cruelly to create a new urban reality that is no longer eternal and 'divine'. It is a surreal space far from the glorious and mythical image many have of the capital; an overlay of past and present, a juxtaposition of ancient decadence into modern real space where a different kind of decadence imposes itself.
This series was shot in 2013 using analogue Holga and Agfa Isolette cameras.