Alessandro is an Italian photographer and journalist, co-founder of Parallelozero photo agency. His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines. He lives in Milan (Italy).


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In 2021 he won first prize in the Environment Story Category with "Agriculture Turned Upside Down" at the Best of Photojournalism Awards, hosted by the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and he has been shortlisted in two categories (Environment and Portfolio) at the Sony World Photography Awards. In 2020 he won first prize in the Still Life Category at the Sony World Photography Awards with the story "Immortality, Inc.", and first prize in the Environment Story Category with the story "Gas Chamber Delhi" at the Best of Photojournalism Awards. He was also a finalist for the 2020 Aftermath Project grant with the story "Syrians in Limbo". In 2016 his work on the post-ebola situation in Sierra Leone won the PDN Photo Annual 2016 in the Documentary/Photojournalism category and a honorable mention at the MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards). He has been finalist for the 2017 Italian Premio Ponchielli with the story "Standouts & Poors". His photo reports for National Geographic Italy has been awarded six times (2010, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021) with the National Geographic's Best Edit Award.

His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, The Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Le Figaro Magazine, Courrier International, D - La Repubblica delle Donne, Elle, L'Espresso, Internazionale, Le Journal de la Photographie, Marie Claire, Le Monde, Newsweek Japan, Lightbox TIME, Geo, Mare, Sette - Corriere della Sera, Il Venerdì di Repubblica, VSD.

His pictures have been exhibited or screened in several personal and collective photo exhibitions, like the 2021 “Italiae. From the Alinari to the masters of contemporary photography” (Florence, Italy), the 2016 Photojourn Festival (Bangkok, Thailand), the 2015 and 2014 VISA Pour l’Image (Perpignan, France), the 2014 Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), the 2009-2015 National Geographic exhibitions in Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, Italy), “Le Printemps Arabe” at the Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie (Ajaccio, France, 2012), “Freedom to Create” (Cape Town, South Africa, 2011), “Provocation” at the New York Photo Festival (USA, 2011) and “Unpublished-Unknown” at the MACRO Testaccio (Rome, Italy, 2010).

He teaches reportage at Officine Fotografiche Milano, he curated exhibitions and attended conferences (Mood Photography, 2021; University ogf Genoa, 2021 Wired Health Fest 2020; Scuola Mohole, 2020; Settimanale di Fotografia, Genoa, 2020 and 2015; IULM - Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, 2019; LABA - Libera Accademia Belle Arti, Brescia, 2018), he has been member of juries and he regularly holds photojournalism workshops and portfolio readings. Graduated in philosophy (1996), he joined the Institute of Journalism and then he worked as a writing reporter for La Repubblica. In 2001 he started to work as a photojournalist.

 

Awards

Best of Photojournalism Awards (NPPA), winner, 2021

Sony World Photography Awards, shortlist, 2021

NPA, shortlist, 2021

National Geographic, best edit, 2021

BarTur, shortlist, 2021

Sony World Photography Awards, winner, 2020

Best of Photojournalism Awards (NPPA), winner, 2020

Aftermath Project, finalist, 2020

National Geographic, Best edit, 2020

National Geographic, Best edit, 2018

Premio Ponchielli, finalist, 2017

National Geographic, Best edit, 2017

PDN, winner, 2016

MIFA, finalist, 2016

National Geographic, Best edit, 2011

National Geographic, Best edit, 2010

 

Collective and solo exhibitions

2021 - Italiae. From the Alinari to the masters of contemporary photography, Florence (Italy) - Collective

2021 - Immortality, Inc., CicapFest, Padua (Italy) - Solo

2021 - One day in Africa, Brescia (Italy) - Collective

2020 - CoviDiaries, Bergamo (Italy) - Collective

2019 - Explore - Sulla Luna e oltre (by National Geographic), Palazzo Blu, Pisa (Italy) - Collective

2019 - Immortality, Inc., PhEST, Monopoli (Italy) - Solo

2019 - Antipodes, Pontremoli Photo Festival, Pontremoli (Italy) - Solo

2018 - Antipodes, Officine Fotografiche Roma (Italy) - Solo

2018 - Antipodes, Officine Fotografiche Milano (Italy) - Solo

2017 - China – Rolls Royce Generation, El Bagnin de Gorla, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2017 - Polvese, Umbrò, Perugia (Italy) – Solo

2017 - In God's Country, Spazio Farini, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2017 - Immagini indifese - Fondazione ANT, Brescia (Italy) - Collective

2016 - Il Duomo si racconta, San Gottardo in Corte, Palazzo Reale, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2016 - China – Rolls Royce Generation, Photofest, Bangkok (Thailand) - Solo

2016 - Sierra Leone’s Cashew (with ngo Coopi), COOP Lombardia, Milano - Solo

2015 - Screenings of China – Rolls Royce Generation at Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan, France) - Solo

2015 - China – Rolls Royce Generation, Palazzo Ducale, Colorno (Italy) - Solo

2015 - Sierra Leone’s Cashew (with ngo Coopi), EXPO 2015, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2015 - FOOD. Il futuro del cibo (by National Geographic), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2015 - FOOD. Il futuro del cibo (by National Geographic), Palazzo del Governatore, Parma (Italy) - Collective

2014 - Screenings of Ethiopia and Kommunalka at Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan, France) - Solo

2014 - Screenings of Ethiopia at the Angkor Festival (Cambodia) - Solo

2014 - Sardinia giara horses, Foianofotografia (Foiano, Italy) - Solo

2014 - Nepal Andho (with ngo CBM), Pzero Café, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2014 - Nepal Andho (with ngo CBM), UnType Gallery, Parma (Italy) - Solo

2014 - One Day in Africa, Parallelozero Café (Milan, Italy) - Collective

2013 - Work for Hope (with ngo Coopi), Festival della fotografia etica, Lodi (Italy) - Solo

2013 - Work for Hope (with ngo Coopi), Fondazione Stelline, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2013 - Work for Hope (with ngo Coopi), Palazzo Moroni, Padova (Italy) - Solo

2013 - Ethiopia, back to the future (curated by Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo), Padova (Italy) - Solo

2013 - Forgetting Chad (with ngo Coopi), Lugano (Switzerland) – Solo

2013 - Obscured (by NEOS), Museo Minguzzi, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2012 - Ethiopia, back to the future (curated by Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo), Umbria World Fest (Italy) - Solo

2012 - Ethiopia, back to the future (curated by Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo), Foianofotografia (Italy) – Solo

2012 - My Addis, Addis Photo Festival, Addis Abeba (Ethiopia) - Collective

2012 - Il senso della vita (by National Geographic), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2012 - The liquid stage (by Parallelozero), BIT, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2012 - Good Morning Africa, Festival Center, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2012 - Unveiled Jordan (by Parallelozero) – Festival della Letteratura di viaggio, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2012 - Le Printemps Arabe, Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Ajaccio (France) - Collective

2012 - Italian Geographic (curated by Marco Pinna), Busto Arsizio (Italy) - Collective

2011 - No Frills Sport (with Sergio Ramazzotti), Palazzo Giordani, Parma (Italy) - Solo

2011 - No Frills Sport (with Sergio Ramazzotti), Four Roses Gallery, Milan (Italy) - Solo

2011 - Forgetting Chad (with ngo Coopi), Fieramilanocity, Milan (Italy) – Solo

2011 - Freedom to Create, Cape Town (South Africa) - Collective 2011 - Provocation, New York Photo Festival - NY (USA) - Collective

2011 - Auction4action (by FotografiSenzaFrontiere) - Sotheby's, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2011 - I Colori del Mondo (by National Geographic) - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2010 - Screening of Surfin’Gaza at Savignano Immagini Festival (Italy) – Solo

2010 - Unpublished-Unknown (edited by Marc Prust) - MACRO Testaccio, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2010 - The liquid stage (by Parallelozero), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2010 - Great Venice, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2010 - Our World (by National Geographic), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2010 - Photography Days - Istanbul (Turkey) – Collective

2009 - Terra Madre (by National Geographic), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (Italy) - Collective

2009 - Jordan Unveiled (by Jordan Ministry of Tourism), Milan (Italy) - Collective

2009 - Metropoli Via Emilia (organized by Parallelozero), Parma (Italy) - Collective

2009 - Journey along the Navigli, Palazzo Galloni, Milan (Italy) - Collective

2009 - A child world (by NEOS) - Teatro Stabile d'Insubria, Varese (Italy) - Collective

2008 - Bluesmen along the Po river – Collecchio Film Festival, Parma (Italy) - Solo

2008 - Iranian Postcards – Terraemoti Festival, Verona (Italy) – Solo

2008 - Fotografare Parma, Palazzo Pigorini, Parma (Italy) - Collective

2006 - Ireland - Mondadori Multicenter, Milan (Italy) - Solo


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