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Melissa Ianniello (Naples, 1991) is a 30 years old documentary photographer based in Bologna, Italy. After graduating in Philosophy, in 2014 she became the student of the photographers Erica McDonald, Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalez thanks to the Photo Workshop New York.

In 2017 she began to work as a documentary photographer thanks to a masterclass she attended with the photographer Davide Monteleone. In 2018, she began her first long-term project, Wish it Was a Coming Out, about the taboo related to homosexuality at an elderly age in Italy. In 2020, she realised My Girl is a Boy, an investigation of transgenderism in the setting of a broken romance. Now, she is working on a new project, Rollercoaster, which deals with bipolar disorder in an autobiographical perspective.

In the last two years, Ianniello won several awards in Italy and abroad and, above all, she was a finalist at the W. Eugene Smith Grant 2020; moreover, she has been featured in several magazines such as The Guardian, Internazionale, L-Mag. She has been also selected as a student for the XXXIII Virtual Eddie Adams Workshop.

Her artistic research comes from her autobiographical experience and deals with themes related to gender and sexuality and themes related to mental health and mental illness.



Melissa Ianniello
(Napoli, 1991) è una fotografa documentarista trentenne con base a Bologna. Dopo la laurea in Filosofia, nel 2014 diventa allieva delle fotografe e fotografi Erica McDonald, Carolyn Drake e Andres Gonzalez grazie al Photo Workshop New York.

Nel 2017 inizia a lavorare come fotografa documentarista grazie a un master che frequenta con il fotografo Davide Monteleone. Nel 2018 comincia il suo primo progetto a lungo termine, Wish it Was a Coming Out, sul tabù legato all'omosessualità nella terza età in Italia. Nel 2020 inizia diversi progetti: My Girl is a Boy, un'indagine sul transgenderismo nella cornice di una storia d'amore interrotta. Attualmente, sta lavorando a un nuovo progetto,Rollercoaster, che tratta il disturbo bipolare in una prospettiva autobiografica.

Negli ultimi due anni, Ianniello ha vinto diversi premi in Italia e all'estero e, soprattutto, è stata finalista al W. Eugene Smith Grant 2020; inoltre, è stata pubblicata su diverse riviste come The Guardian, Internazionale, L-Mag. Nel 2020, viene anche selezionata come studentessa per il XXXIII Virtual Eddie Adams Workshop.

La sua ricerca artistica nasce dalla sua esperienza autobiografica e affronta da una parte temi legati al genere e alla sessualità e dall'altra temi legati alla salute e alla malattia mentale.




Awards

2021

– Tokyo International Foto Awards,  3rd place (Bronze Prize) in the category People/Portrait and  2nd place (Silver Prize) in the category Editorial

2020

– John White “Keep in Flight” Award, winner

2020

– W. Eugene Smith Grant, finalist

2020

– World Report Award, finalist in the category Single Shot

2020

– Moscow International Foto Awards, 3rd place (Bronze Prize) in the category People/Portrait

2020

– Helsinki Photo Festival, winner

2020

– FMoPA's 10th Annual International Photography Competition, 2nd place in the category Documentation / Photojournalism

2020

– Biennale della Fotografia Femminile, winner

2020

– Italy Photo Award, finalist

2018

– Gran Premio Lumix Portfolio Italia Award, finalist

2018

– Voglino Prize, finalist

2018

– SI FEST Lanfranco Colombo Prize, winner

2018

– Marco Pesaresi Award, finalist

2017

– CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival, selected

2016

– Photo Vogue Festival, Portfolio Review, selected

2014

– CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival, selected
Solo Exhibitions

2019

– Wish it Was a Coming Out, SI FEST Savignano Immagini (Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy)

Group Exhibitions

2020

– Wish it Was a Coming Out, PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel)

2020

– Wish it Was a Coming Out, Photoville Fence (USA)

2020

– Wish it Was a Coming Out, Helsinki Photo Festival (Helsinki, Finland)

2020

– FMoPA's 10th Annual International Photography Competition (Tampa – Florida, USA)

2018

– Wish it Was a Coming Out, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d'Autore (Bibbiena, Italy)

2017

– #Disorder, CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival (Bologna, Italy)

2014

– #Green, CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival (Bologna, Italy)




Training

2020

– The Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII, New York (USA) [virtual edition]

2018

– International Master in Documentary Photography with Davide Monteleone, Spazio Labo' Photography, Bologna (Italy)

2014

– PWNY 2014, “Discovery Street”, New York (USA), with Landon Nordeman

2014

– PWNY 2014, “The Open City”, New York (USA), with Carolyn Drake & Andres Gonzalez

2014

– PWNY 2014, “The Other Story”, New York (USA), with Erica McDonald

2014

– “Being Involved”, Bologna (Italy) with Michael Ackerman

2014

– “Fotogiornalismo di news e attualità”, Bologna (Italy), with Alessandro Tosatto

Education

2013

– BA in Philosophy, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (Italy)





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