Davide Monteleone

Born in 1974, Davide Monteleone spent his first 18 years living in various cities in Italy, as his parents moved frequently for work. He gave up a study of engineering to move first to the US, and then to the UK, where he discovered an interest in photography and journalism. Back in Italy in 2000, he completed studies in photography and began to work with major Italian magazines. At the end of 2001, Monteleone moved again, this time to Moscow, where he lived permanently until 2003, working as correspondent for the photo agency Contrasto. This decision determined his ensuing career. He start working regularly with major national and international newspapers such as D, Io Donna, l’Espresso, The New York Times, Time, Stern and The New Yorker, to name just a few. Since 2003, Monteleone has lived between Italy and Russia, pursuing long-term personal projects and continuing his editorial work. He published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, followed by La Linea Inesistente, in 2009. His photojournalism has won him numerous awards, including the World Press Photo prizes in 2007 and 2009, the International Photo Award in 2008, an Emerging Photographer Grant, a Freelens Award and many others. In recent years, alongside the editorial work, he has started exhibiting and teaching. After 10 years working with Contrasto, In September of 2011, Monteleone has joined VII Photo.

Prizes and Awards

2011 European Publisher Award “Red Thistle”     2011 Follow your convictions grant “Reversed See” – Maurice Lacroix – World Press Photo foundation     2011 World Press Photo Milan Fashion Week – 2nd Prize Art single     2010 Aftermath Project Grant Winner with “Red Thistle, Journey in the Northern Caucasus”     2010 Emerging Photographer grant Winner burn magazine grant “Northern Caucasus”     2010 Sony World Photography Awards 2nd prize Contemporary Issue Daghestan     2009 World Press Photo Abkhazia – 1° Prize General news stories     2008 Aftermath Project Grant Finalist “Russian Caucasus”     2008 IPA Award 2nd place best book “DUSHA Russian Soul”     2008 PDN Photo Annual Award Magazine Editorial Categories for Internazionale     2007 World Press Photo Israeli bombing in Lebanon – 1° Prize Spot news stories.

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