They are young, because none of them have crossed the line of 40. They are self-sufficient, because as a profession they have chosen to exercise their point of view. They are authors, because they are all endowed with a narrative awareness and a stylistic figure that makes their gaze immediately recognizable. Davide Monteleone, Pietro Masturzo, Alessandro Cosmelli, Sirio Magnabosco, Giulio Di Sturco, Simona Ghizzoni, Martina Bacigalupo, Alessandro Imbriaco, Lorenzo Castore, Massimo Berruti.
They are ten of the most interesting Italian photographers who, at just over 30, have already expressed their talent on an international horizon. Ten "little masters" with a creative universe to tell: where do their visions come from? What do they put at the center of their lens? How do they compose their stories? How do they survive a market in crisis? From their answers, the portrait of a generation emerges, one which is rewriting the codes of the story in images.
(Napoli, 1977) Professional journalist and photo-consultant, she is the creative director of DER*LAB consulting and photographic design studio. Irene teaches at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome and collaborates as a tutor and consultant with some of the major Italian photography schools (Isfci, Rufa, Scuola Romana di Fotografia in Rome and Studio Marangoni Foundation in Florence, among others). As editor, she has worked for il Manifesto and for D, La Repubblica delle Donne . As a freelance she has created, together photographers, visual stories featured in Geo France, The Independent, l’Espresso, D, XL, Marie Claire and Riders . Her articles have been published by publications such as La Lettura - Il Corriere della Sera , Il Sole 24 ore and Pagina99 . She has published two in-depth photographic essays, My generation (Postcart, 2012) and iRevolution (Postcart, 2014). In 2022 she published in the US for Yoffy Press Holding Time , a book created together with photographer Catherine Panebianco, of which Irene is the author of the texts. Her first photographic book ( La Madre Attesa , edited by Laia Abril) and her new essay Muse col Muso, animal imagery in contemporary photography are expected to be released by Postcart in 2022. She loves animals, and their cultural and iconographic representations, and she talks about them in her blog about her Zazie Dogzine.
Manuela De Leonardis