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Melissa Ianniello (Naples, 1991) is a documentary and stage photographer based in Bologna, Italy.

After graduating in Philosophy, she pursued her photography training, which was mostly self-taught, through periods of study in Bologna and New York, with photographers such as Michael Ackerman, Erica McDonald, Carolyn Drake and Davide Monteleone.

As a stage photographer, she has collaborated with several theatre companies such as the Italian “Instabili Vaganti” and the French “Mata-Malam”, and has photographed musicians and singers such as Sookee, Kaki King, and UNA.

As a documentary photographer, her artistic research is based on two main subjects: the role of the individual in the modern-day metropolis, and themes related to gender and sexuality.

Her photographs have been featured on several magazines and her work has been awarded in Italy and abroad.



Melissa Ianniello (Napoli, 1991) è una fotografa documentaria e di scena che vive a Bologna.

Dopo la laurea in Filosofia affina la sua formazione fotografica, prevalentemente autodidatta, attraverso periodi di studio tra Bologna e New York con fotografi come Michael Ackerman, Erica McDonald, Carolyn Drake e Davide Monteleone.

Come fotografa di scena collabora con diverse compagnie teatrali tra cui gli italiani “Instabili Vaganti” e i francesi “Mata-Malam”, e fotografa musicisti e cantanti come Sookee, Kaki King, e UNA.

Come fotografa documentaria, la sua ricerca artistica si focalizza su due aspetti principali: il ruolo dell'individuo nella metropoli contemporanea e le tematiche legate al genere e alla sessualità.

Le sue fotografie sono state pubblicate su diverse riviste e il suo lavoro è stato premiato in Italia e all'estero.



Awards

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

– SI FEST Lanfranco Colombo Prize, winner

2018

– Marco Pesaresi Award, finalist

2018

– Voglino Prize, finalist

2018

– Gran Premio Lumix Portfolio Italia 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, 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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