Francesco Giusti

Born 1969, Italy. Currently based in Milano, Italy.
Freelance documentary photographer oriented toward the investigation of  contemporary topics such as migrations, labor, conflicts and social tensions as well as cultural and identity related issues, subcultures and diversity.

Over the last twenty years he has explored different approaches: from street photography to photojournalistic essays, from portrait stories to long term documentary based projects.
He has worked primarily in Africa, in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, as well as Central, South America and Asia.

In 2006 he published the book “Hotel Industria” and the volume “Ex Fabrica“ about illegal immigrants survival strategies on the border of  Milano and Torino, and the transformations of the urban and social fabric of the cities.

Earlier works include an essay on mental illness  “O.p.” (honorable mention Leica Oskar Barnack Award 1999 – finalist Grand Prix Care du Reportage Humanitaire 2000), on gender identity and transvestitism “Ladies & Gentlemen” (Canon Young Photographer Award – Best Photographic Project 2002).

He is founder of Liveinslums, a multidisciplinary group that carries out international cooperation projects (Cairo, Nairobi, Italy) and documentary research about metropolis and informal settlements communities.

He collaborates with Prospekt agency for multimedia products and news events covering; like the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, or photographic series like “In Case of Loss”, on foreign migrant workers escaping war in Libya.

His portrait story “Sapologie”, about the mith of elegance among the congolese gentlemen of the SAPE (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes) has been widely published and awarded a World Press Photo in 2010.

His works have been exhibited in private galleries, public institutions or international photographic festivals such as Arles 1999, Perpignan 2000, Roma 2006, Fotografica Bogotà 2010, Houston Fotofest 2011, 4th Fotofestival Germany 2011, FIFV Valparaiso Chile 2013, GetxoPhoto Spain 2015, among others.

He has run workshops in Italy, Egypt, Kenia, Colombia and Chile.

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