"To me, photography does not give answers, but emotions and questions."
Luigi's work focuses on social issue of our time and the human condition in all its aspect.
From refugees’ condition to drought in Africa, from war in Afghanistan to narcos in Mexico, his documentary photography always puts man at the center of the story.
About / Biography
Luigi Baldelli has been a professional photographer since 1987. In 1989, he started following the most important international events: the end of totalitarian regimes in the East of Europe, the revolution in Romania, Lebanon, The Gulf War, the war in former Yugoslavia, the crisis in Albania, the socio-political situation in the Middle East, wars and famine in Africa.
From 1995 until 2015 he worked with Ettore Mo, as a correspondent for the newspaper Corriere della Sera, carrying out photo essays in Afghanistan, India, Middle and Far East, East of Europe, Africa, former Soviet Union, Latin America. His photo essays were published by major Italian and foreign newspapers and magazine, and his photos have been in individual and collective exhibitions on journalistic photography, both in Italy and abroad.
In 2006, 35 photographs taken in Afghanistan were used for the illustrated edition of “The Kite Runner”, a best selling title up to today in Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, the U.S.A. In 2008, 48 more photographs taken in Afghanistan were used for the illustrated edition of “One thousand splendid suns”, published in Italy and the Netherlands. He regularly works with national and international magazine and newspaper and humanitarian organizations on global social issues. Photoreport
Describe the moment when photography changed your life
I don't think there was a particular moment. Each photo essay changed a little bit of my life. Each photograph is a new lesson and a new experience. This is a great privilege.
If you had one word to describe your work, what would that be?
I need three words: humanity, respect, truth.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
It's impossible for me to say what is the most remarkable person or place - surely the daily struggle of the people for a dignified life, like the people of Movement sem Terra in Brazil, or the fight against injustice and violence, like in Mexico.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of your list of things to photograph?
There are various stories and issues I am interested in, and I keep researching them. One of them is a journey in Belarus. But anyway, I’m always looking for new stories and ideas.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program?
I think it is great opportunity that an organization supports documentary photographers and helps us to tell stories.
Zeiss 55 1/8
Zeiss 24-70 4/0
Several batteries and memory cards
Notebook, pens, lens cloth