Egisto Nino Ceccatelli

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Egisto Nino Ceccatelli (born 5 May 1943 in Livorno) is an Italian photographer best known for his ethnographic work depicting people and cultures of various parts of the world.

Early life[edit]

Ceccatelli graduated from the University of Florence with a thesis in ethnology and has followed courses in England to improve his English (University of Cambridge) and to enrich his knowledge in photography (University of London).

Career and current life[edit]

His artistic skills began in the 1960s at the Metastasio theatre of Prato where he joined the Teatro Studio: there he gained experience as a scenographer and play director. Later on he moved to Rome where he worked in the film dubbing industry adapting several films into English language, among these Porcile directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.[1] Ceccatelli had already met Pasolini in Morocco whilst working on the film Edipo Re and that experience proved to be crucial for his photography. Egisto Nino Ceccatelli has produced a precious variety of ethno-photographical documentation. Of particular interest are his researches on the Saharawi (Algerian Sahara) with 3 photobooks and various exhibitions,[2] on the Dani (Irian Jaya, Indonesia),[3] on the Dyak (Kalimantan, Indonesia), on the Bonda (Orissa, India), on the northern tribes of Laos, on the Sirionò (Beni, Bolivia), on the rural population of Transilvania (Romania), and on the agropastoral culture of the inhabitants of the Calvana mountains in Tuscany (Italy).[4][5] Ceccatelli has even produced a series of short films between the mid 70s and the beginning of the 90s and conducted three successful TV programs such as Il mio milione, Il bosco dei sogni and Itinerari fuori porta. He has participated in the 26th and 27th edition of "Festival dei popoli di Firenze"[6] with two photo exhibitions of ethno-anthropological nature and many of his photographs have been used to illustrate posters, catalogues and books. In 1995 he founded together with Renzo Carlesi the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia of Prato where he currently teaches photography composition. In October 2005, as a member of the Italian team, Egisto Nino Ceccatelli won the FIAP World Cup for colour prints. In 2012 he co-produced the successful photobook Prato, la nostra città e la nostra gente [7] on his hometown of Prato focusing on the big cultural and economic transformations the city has gone through in the past 30 years. In 2013 in occasion of his 70th birthday he was awarded by the Municipality of Prato the rare honorary award "Gigliato pratese" for his lifetime achievements. The event was followed with a special evening showcasing a selection of his best works.[8]

Short films[edit]

  • La laguna di Hemingway (1988)
  • Soave come la morte (1989)
  • Labyrinth (1989)
  • I dani della Nuova Guinea (1990)
  • I semi della speranza (1991)
  • Ma dimmi, che piedi hai? (1992)

Photo publications[edit]

  • Saharawi, il popolo, la storia (1994)
  • Saharawi, una ricerca sul campo (1998)
  • La Calvana, storie ed immagini (2003)
  • Oltre lo sguardo (2004)
  • Camminando insieme (2005)
  • Hotel Miramare (2008)
  • Calvana (2011)
  • Prato, la nostra città e la nostra gente (2012)
  • Saharawi, nella terra dei piccoli ambasciatori di pace (1983-2013) (2013)


  1. ^ Burzi, Barbara (10 February 2013). "La mia Prato: Egisto Ceccatelli". (Prato: Il Tirreno).
  2. ^ (21 November 2013). "Egisto Nino Ceccatelli racconta la terra del Saharawi". (Prato: Il Tirreno)]
  3. ^ Piro, Giuseppe, (29 December 1985). "Fra i dani in Nuova Guinea: l'ultima civilta' della pietra". (Rome: Paese Sera).
  4. ^ Ceccatelli Egisto Nino, Casi Mauro, Bolognini Francesco (2011). Calvana. Pentalinea Editore. ISBN 978-88-86855-96-9.
  5. ^ Ceccatelli Egisto Nino, Ruchin Francesco (2003). La Calvana, storie ed immagini. Pentalinea Editore. ISBN 88-86855-54-0.
  6. ^ Grazzini, Giovanni, (2 December 1985). "Firenze-festival in difficolta'". (Milan: Il Corriere della Sera).
  7. ^ Ceccatelli Egisto Nino, Casi Mauro, Bolognini Francesco (2012). Prato, la nostra città e la nostra gente. Pentalinea Editore. ISBN 978-8886855-58-7.
  8. ^ (22 June 2013 1985). "Prato, mille immagini di emozioni e storia, Nino Ceccatelli racconta le sue foto". (Prato: Il Tirreno).

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