I was born in the year 1984, and I grew up in a small village of Puglia, in southern Italy.
After studying History of the Middle East and Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London, I have been an intern at NOOR photo agency, I worked at the pre-selection of the World Press Photo contest in Amsterdam, and then served as assistant to some of my favourite photojournalists.
Since 2009 I have tried to be a freelance photographer and writer, wandering between Italy, Israel and Palestine, Ukraine and India, and some of my photos and articles have been published on the international media. At some point I also started shooting videos and recording sounds.
These days I grow organic vegetables and document our relationships with the environment, with pathogens and with each other. I am currently producing my first documentary movie, about Xylella and the olive trees of my region, although it’s taking quite a while.
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