Francesca Leonardi
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Born in Rome, where she currently lives, she studied psychology and sociology at the University of Rome and then photography at the South Florida Art Center (Miami) and at the International Center of Photography (New York). She lived in the United States for eight years where she discovered photography as a way to understand reality. She started off using the language of fashion photography to stage stories, gradually shifting her interest towards social reportage, when in 2004 she collaborated with director Giulia Amati on a video documentary project concerning the economic and social relations between Mexico and United States. In 2006 she moved back to Italy working primarily on immigration and urbanization issues. In 2009 she gained a special mention at the Fotoleggendo festival for her project Bed dreams, on the living conditions of migrants; the same year she was invited by L.A.F. Foundation to the Czech Republic to report on the state of democracy in the country in occasion of its 20th anniversary. In 2010 and 2011 she was finalist of the Amilcare Ponchielli Award. In 2011 she began a yearlong photographic investigation on Egypt and its post-revolution phases. Her work has appeared in numerous printed and online publications such as: L’Espresso, Internazionale, Io Donna, Gioia, Marie Claire, Foto8, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Photo Raw, among others. Her editorial work is distributed worldwide by Contrasto agency.