Gianni Cipriano (b. 1983) is a Sicilian-born independent photographer based between New York and Napoli, Italy. His work focuses on contemporary social, political and economic issues. Gianni regularly works for The New York Times and has been documenting the ongoing upheaval in Italian politics for L’Espresso weekly magazine since 2013. His editorial work has also appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, MSNBC.com, Io Donna, Ventiquattro, IL, Courrier International, Vanity Fair, Esquire, among others.
The oldest of two children in a family of immigrants, Gianni grew up between Brooklyn, Geneva and Palermo. After studying aerospace engineering and architecture, he graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2008 and interned with photojournalists Ron Haviv (VII) and Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos). In 2008, Getty Images selected him as one of its “Emerging Talents” of Reportage. He was also selected for the XXI 2008 Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. Between 2009 and 2012 Gianni has been part of Reflexions Masterclass, an international seminar on contemporary photography conducted by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. He has also been nominated to participate in the Joop Swart World Press Photo Masterclass.
He has received recognition and awards from POYI (Picture of the Year International), American Photography, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards and the the Ian Parry Scholarship.
Gianni’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions in venues such as the Rencontres d’Arles, FOLI Lima Biennale of Photography, MOPLA, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism.
The New York Times
Rolling Stone Italy
2016. 2 June – 23 October. Extraordinary Visions / L’Italia, MAXXI, Rome. “Politico”.
Past Group Exhibitions2015. Perugia Social Photo Fest, Perugia, Italy. “Phone Photography”. 2015. Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome. “L’Espresso – La nostra storia”. 2015. Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore, Bibbiena, Italy. “Phone Photography”. 2014. Ying Ang & Gianni Cipriano Showcase, Le Petit Oiseau Va Sortir, Paris; 2014. The Eyes Collection #1, Galerie Intervalle, Paris. “Perfect”. 2013. Getxophoto 2013 Photo Festival, Getxo, Spain. “Perfect”. 2013. Extraspazio gallery, Rome. “Paradise Now”. 2013. Images Singulières photo festival, Gare SNCF, Sète, France. “Perfect” 2012. Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, International Center of Photography, New York. “Strike Anywhere”. 2012. Ragusa Fotofestival, Ragusa, Italy. “Perfect”. 2012. Atelier Reflexions Masterclass 2002-2012 – Une aventure artistique, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France; 2012. Winephoto Festival, Mogliano Veneto, Italy. “Limbo”. 2012. neu [nòi], Palermo, Italy. “15”, solo exhibition 2011. FOLI, Lima Biennale of Photography, Peru. “Siciliae”. 2011. Pro’jekt LA, MOPLA, Month of Photography, Los Angeles. “Perfect”. 2011. Galleria BelVedere, Milan. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia” 2011. Galleria X3, Palermo, Italy. “‘Round New York”. 2011. fsmgallery, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia“ 2011. Circolo Fotocine, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia“ 2010. International Center of Photography, New York. “What We Saw: Dialects”. 2010. Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”. 2010. Lumix Multimedia Award Exhibition, Design Center Hochschule, Hannover, Germany. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief” 2010. American Photography 26 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York. 2009. Les Visas de l’Association Nationale Iconographes, Floréal Gallery, Paris. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”. 2009. American Photography 25 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York. 2008. Pingyao International Photography Festival, China. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief” 2008. Ian Parry Scholarship Show, Getty Images Gallery, London. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”. 2008. Reflect 2008: The International Center of Photography 2007-2008 full-time student exhibition, ICP Gallery, New York; 2008. They Got Exposed: The Image ’08 Show Winners of the American Society of Media Photographers of New York contest, Fastback Creative Books Gallery, New York; 2008. American Photography 24 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York.
2012. Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo. Nomination in 2009, 2011 and 2012. 2011. WinePhoto Exhibition. Mogliano Veneto, Italy. Selected artist. 2010. American Photography 26. Selected artist. 2010. Hannover Festival for Young Photojournalism. Lumix Multimedia Award. Finalist. 2010. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination. 2009. American Photography. Selected artist. 2009. Picture Of The Year International (POYI). First Place Multimedia Feature. 2009. New York Photo Awards. Honorable Mention for Short Film/Video. 2009. Premio Fotografico. Italian Association of Professional Photographers. Emerging Talent Honorable Mention. 2009. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination. 2008. Director’s Fellowship, International Center of Photography, New York. 2008. Visas de l’Association Nationale des Iconographes. Winner. 2008. Reportage by Getty Images. Selected Emerging Talent. 2008. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination. 2008. Ian Parry Scholarship. Highly Commended. 2008. American Photography 24. Selected artist. 2008. Editorial Photographers Student Contest, Winner. 2008. Visual Culture Awards. Bronze prize and award of excellence. 2008. American Society of Media Photographers. Honorable Mention. 2008. International Photography Awards. Honorable Mention in Deeper Perspective category. 2008. International Photography Awards. 2 Honorable Mentions in Editorial Photo Essay category.