Davide Monteleone

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Davide Monteleone (born 1974) is an Italian photographer and a three-time World Press Photo prize winner.


Monteleone is an Italian photographer born in 1974. He studied engineering but gave up on it and decided to study photography and journalism. He traveled to the United States and then to the United Kingdom to study those subjects. He started his career in 2000, working with Italian and international magazines. At the end of 2001 he moved to Moscow, where he stayed till 2003. Since then he has traveled back and forth between Italy and Russia, continuing his editorial work.

In 2007 Monteleone published his first book, Dusha (in English, Soul) and two years later published a second one, La Linea Inesistente.[1] In 2012 he published a book titled Red Thistle, winner of, among other prizes, the European Publishers Award for Photography,[2] the Aftermath Grant,[3] and the Burn Emergency Photographer Grant.[4]

In 2013 Monteleone was interviewed by Vogue.[5] and appeared in the series of 12 episode of "Fotografi" for Sky Arte.

Monteleone has won numerous prizes, including three World Press Photo awards in 2007, 2009, and 2011. In 2013, with the support of Fondation Carmignac, he published the book Spasibo, of work he had produced in Chechnya.

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • 2005 Prize Amilcare Ponchielli “C’era una volta CCCP” 2nd prize at the Amilcare Ponchielli Milano[6]
  • 2006 World Press Photo Israeli bombing in Lebanon – 1° Prize Spot news stories[7]
  • 2007 TAF (Toscana Arti Fotografiche) prize, Lucca Digital Photo Fest, Lucca, for “Dusha – Russian Soul”[8]
  • 2008 IPA Award 2008 2nd place best book Dusha; 1st place general news editorial “Pakistan Turning Point”[citation needed]
  • 2008 FotoGrafia-Book Award Best book at FotoGrafia Festival in Rome[citation needed]
  • 2008 Premio Marco Bastianelli, for Dusha[9]
  • 2008 PDN Photo annual award Magazine Editorial Categories for Internazionale[citation needed]
  • 2008 World Press Photo Abkhazia – 1° Prize General news stories[10]
  • 2009 Finalist for Aftermath Project grant, for “Fringe of Empire”[11]
  • 2009 Leica Oskar Barnack Award finalist “Russian Caucasus”[12]
  • 2010 Lumix Freelens Award Winner Freelens award “Northern Caucasus”[13]
  • 2010 Emerging Photographer Grant 2010 winner, Burn magazine, for “Northern Caucasus”[4]
  • 2010 Sony World Photography Awards: Professional Contemporary Issues Category, 2nd prize: "The Republic of Dagestan"[14]
  • 2011 Aftermath Project Grant Winner with “Red Thistle, The Northern Caucasus Journey”[3]
  • 2011 European Publishers Award for Photography “Red Thistle”[2]
  • 2011 Follow your convictions grant “Reversed See” – Maurice Lacroix – World Press Photo foundation[15]
  • 2011 World Press Photo Milan Fashion Week – 2nd Prize Art single[16]
  • 2012 EPEA 01 grant “Harragas”[citation needed]
  • 2012 Awakening World Award, Tehran art project, Iran “Reversed see series”: Photography section, best artist works[17]
  • 2013 Fondation Carmignac Photojournalism Award Spasibo[18]
  • 2013 POYi Feature Multimedia Story, second place, for "Nordic Odyssey: A Month at Sea". With Myles Kane, Kristina Budelis, Elissa Curtis, and The New Yorker[19]


Publications by Monteleone[edit]

  • Душа (Dusha) = Anima russa. Rome: Edizioni Postcart, 2007. ISBN 8886795335. With text by Viktor Erofeev and Margherita Belgiojoso.
  • La Linea Inesistente: Viaggio Lungo la ex Cortina di Ferro. Rome: Contrasto, 2009. ISBN 8869652378.
  • Holler – Enel Contemporanea – H+, 2012.[vague]
  • Red Thistle, 2012.
  • Спасибо (Spasibo) = Spasibo. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2013. ISBN 3868284664. With text in French and English by Galia Ackerman and Masha Gessen.
  • The April Theses. Postcart, 2017.

Publications with contributions by Monteleone[edit]

  • War is Only Half the Story: Ten Years of The Aftermath Project. Dewi Lewis, 2018. Poems by Wislawa Szymborska, texts by Clare Cavanagh, Donald Weber and Sara Terry and photographs by more than forty Aftermath Award winners.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • “Dusha”. Lucca Foto Festival, Lucca, IT, 2007. Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR; B gallery, Rome, 2008. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Micamera, Milan, 2009. Casa studio Morandi, Modena, IT, 2013.
  • “La Linea Inesistente”. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2009. Ortygia, Siracuse, IT, 2010.
  • “Ombre di Guerra”. Rotonda della Besana, Milan, 2009. Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, 2011.
  • “Red Thistle”. Castello Estense, Ferrara, IT “Festival giornalismo di Internazionale”; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Rovereto, IT; Lumix Festival, Hannover, 2010. Rencontres d'Arles, New York; VII Gallery, New York; Petite Noire Gallery, Paris; Freelens gallery, Hamburg, 2012. Bursa Festival, Bursa, TR; Officine Fotografiche, Rome; Micamera, Milan, 2013.
  • “Harragas” – European photography Award. House of Photography, Hamburg, 2012. Nobel prize Center, Oslo, 2013.
  • “Spasibo”. Chapelle de l'école de beaux arts, 2013. Saatchi Gallery, London; Frankfurt Photo Forum, Frankfurt; Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR; Museo Messina, Milan, 2014.
  • “Borderline Empire”. Kehrer Berlin, Berlin, 2014.


  1. ^ "Davide Monteleone". VII. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "European Publishers Award geht an Davide Monteleone Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine", freelens.com, 12 July 2011. (in German) Accessed 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Red Thistle", The Aftermath Project. Accessed 17 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Emerging Photographer Grant 2010 Recipient, Burn magazine, June 2010. Accessed 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Interview with Vogue". Vogue. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Premio Ponchielli 2006: Progetto segnalato: Davide Monteleone: C'era una volta CCCP Archived 2014-05-17 at Archive.today", Gruppo Redattori Iconografici Nazionale, February 2006. (in Italian) Accessed 17 May 2014.
  7. ^ "2006, Davide Monteleone, 1st prize, Spot News stories", World Press Photo, 17 May 2011. Accessed 14 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Lucca Digital Photo Fest '07", UnDo.net, 24 November 2007. (in Italian) Accessed 17 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Risultati premio Bastianelli 2008", PhotoRevolt, 10 June 2008. (in Italian) Accessed 17 May 2014.
  10. ^ "2008, Davide Monteleone, 1st prize, General News stories", World Press Photo. Accessed 14 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Fringe of Empire", The Aftermath Project. Accessed 17 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Le prix Oscar Barnack 2009", photofloue.net, 12 January 2010. (in French) Accessed 14 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Italiener Monteleone gewinnt bei Lumix-Fotofestival", Hannoversche Allgemeine, 20 June 2010. (in German). Accessed 14 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Galleries: Sony World Photographic 2010", Melbourne Herald Sun. Accessed 17 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Davide Monteleone wins Follow Your Convictions grant", World Press Photo, 17 May 2011. Accessed 14 May 2014.
  16. ^ "2011, Arts and Entertainment, 2nd prize singles, Davide Monteleone Archived 2014-05-14 at the Wayback Machine", World Press Photo. Accessed 14 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Winners", Awakening World Award; archived by the Wayback Machine on 27 July 2013.
  18. ^ "2012: Davide Monteleone: Chechen Republic", Fondation Carmignac. Accessed 13 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Winners of the Seventieth Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition: Judged February 5 through February 26, 2013", POYi. Accessed 17 May 2014.

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