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MONTELEONE, Davide

P_MONTELEONEBorn in Italy in 1974.

Lives and works in Russia and Italy.


Davide Monteleone gives up his engineering studies to live in the Unites States, then in Great Britain, where he becomes deeply involved in photography and journalism. Returning to Italy in 2000, he enrols in photography courses and starts to work for well-known Italian periodicals. At the end of 2001 he leaves Italy again, this time for Moscow, where he works as correspondent for the Contrasto photo agency until 2003.

At this stage he is starting to work regularly for A-list national and international newspapers such as D, Io Donna, l’Espresso, the New York Times, Time, Stern and the New Yorker, among others. His work as a photojournalist receives numerous rave reviews from critics. In 2007 he is awarded the World Press Photo Prize and in 2008 the International Photo Award.

In recent years, on top of his photographic assignments, he has devoted himself to exhibiting and teaching. After ten years with Contrasto, Monteleone has recently joined the ranks of VII Photo.


Davide Monteleone presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012: The red thistle at the Capitole.