"I come from the tradition of documentary photography but my interest is to encourage curiosity rather than deliver information. The best story is not in the picture itself but around and behind it.What you see is in the frame is just an emotional window"
Davide Monteleone is an artist and a visual journalist working on long term independent project using photography video and text.
About / Biography
Davide Monteleone (b. 1974) is an artist and a visual journalist working on long term independent projects using photography video and text. He has devoted himself to the study of social issues,exploring the relation between Power and individual. Known for his specific interest in the post-soviet countries, he published 3 books on this topic: Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, La Linea Inesistente, in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. His projects have brought him numerous awards, including several World Press Photo prizes, and grants such as the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award and Carmignac Photojournalism Award. He regularly contributes for leading publications all over the world, and photography projects have been presented as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Saatchi Gallery in London, MEP in Paris and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He is engaged with educational activities, regularly lecturing at universities and teaching workshops internationally.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life
I think it is still changing my life. Every time I have the opportunity to see new things with my own eyes.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Documenting and interpreting my experiences.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
Most of my work is about observing the balance between Power and individuals, I photographed chief of states, designer, fisherman, criminals, rebels, scientists, politicians…each person has a life and a story I’m interested to explore together with the place they live in and the society they represents or are of.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
Since the last 14 years I’ve been mostly working in Russia and former Soviet Union Republic, I would like to finish my investigation by 2017.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
An engineer, a geographer, an historian, a writer, and a cosmonauts, possibly all together!
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
It is a great way to support photographers and a smart opportunity to create interest and discussion around photography.
What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment?
I have been using the Sony α7R, small efficient, reliable. An extreme quality of images in such a versatile camera.
Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS