Francesco Carrozzini

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Francesco Carrozzini

Francesco Carrozzini (born September 9, 1982) is an Italian-born photographer and Emmy-Award-nominated director, currently based between New York City and Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Carrozzini was born in Monza, Italy. As the son of Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue's editor-in-chief, he grew up surrounded by actors, musicians and artists. He also spent time on set with photographers Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh. Influenced by this very creative environment, in his early teens, he began taking pictures and making short films with his friends. In the summer of 1999, he went to Los Angeles to study film at the University of California, Los Angeles. He later returned to Italy to study philosophy at the University of Milan, until his move to New York City in 2004.


Carrozzini's career began in 2006, and in a few years he became one of the most respected young photographers in the industry. His photographs have appeared on the covers and in the pages of: Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, W, Rolling Stone, L'Uomo Vogue, Italian Vogue and POP, amongst others.[citation needed]

Carrozzini is well known for his portraiture and fashion editorials and campaigns. Francesco has photographed such diverse people as actors Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson; models Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum,[1] Linda Evangelista, Milla Jovovich, Stephanie Seymour and Tyra Banks; and musicians Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Sting, Keith Richards, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and many more. He has also photographed artists Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Marina Abramović.[citation needed]

Francesco has also worked with politicians and has photographed Nigerian President, Jonathan Goodluck, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, former Pakistani Prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and former New York City's mayor, Michael Bloomberg.[citation needed]

His advertising client list includes Estee Lauder, Biotherm, Sony Music, Mini Cooper, Roberto Cavalli, Emporio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi's, Baume & Mercier and Chopard.


Carrozzini's first job was directing a 30” spot for Italian MTV at age 19. The following year, the advertising agency McCann Erickson assigned him the promo for the Venice Biennale of art. In 2006, Francesco traveled to Poland to shoot a documentary about the life and creative process of the Polish Theatre Wierszalin.[2] The same year he was commissioned to direct a series of films for The New York Times, which was later pioneered as “The New York Times Screen Tests,”[3] for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. It is a collection of interviews featuring some of today’s most prestigious entertainers, such as Natalie Portman,[4] Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard. The series has now grown to include dozens of other "screen tests", still shot in the original format Francesco used.[citation needed] In 2008, Francesco also directed the short film "1937", a psychological thriller, shot in Suite #822 of the infamous Chelsea Hotel. The short competed at the Venice Film Festival.[citation needed] He has since directed commercials for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Fiat 500 and Ray Ban - He was nominated for a Young Director's award at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.[citation needed] In 2013, Francesco started directing music videos, and has since worked with artists such as Beyoncé,[5] Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj, Damien Marley and Marilyn Manson.

Francesco is currently editing a feature documentary about his mother Franca Sozzani and is developing a feature film titled "Godgame".


Year Project
2015 Marilyn Manson, "The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles"
2015 Sia, "Fire Meet Gasoline"
2014 Singtank, "Coming Down"
2014 Nicki Minaj, "The Pinkprint Movie (Part II: I Lied)"
2014 Damien Marley, "Is It Worth It? (Gunman World)"
2014 Lenny Kravitz, "New York City"
2014 Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence" [6]
2013 Beyoncé: "Jealous"[5]
2013 A$AP Rocky, "Phoenix" [7]


Year Project Notes
2016 "Franca" Feature documentary about the life of Franca Sozzani (Post Production)
2009 "The Divine Jane: Reflections on Austen" Short documentary for The Morgan Museum and Library, New York
2008 “Don't Blink!” Art film starring Linda Evangelista, Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris
2008 “The New York Times Screentests” Emmy Award-nominated series for The New York Times
2008 “1937” International Venice Film Festival, Short Film Competition
2007 "Wierszalin” Official Selection, International Locarno Film Festival


Date Project Notes
2015 Janis: Little Girl Blue Director: Amy J. Berg


  • September 2015: Solo photography and film exhibition, "Music", Earth gallery, Paris
  • May 2015: Solo photography exhibition, "Portraits", The annual Istanbul'74 Arts Festival, Istanbul
  • January 2012: L'Uomo Vogue cover shots included in Sotheby's charity auction celebrating the magazine, Paris.[citation needed]
  • May 2010: Solo photography exhibition, "Portraits", Diane Von Furstenberg gallery, New York.[citation needed]
  • May 2007: Solo photography exhibition, "Unique Exposure", Galleria Cardi, Milan.[citation needed]
  • March 2004: Video installation "Pause" shown at Duomo Cathedral in Milan alongside the work of artists Bill Viola and Mark Wallinger.[citation needed]

Creative director[edit]

  • Francesco is creative director for the program Connect4Climate, with the World Bank. "Launched by the World Bank and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global community that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act" (Connect4Climate)

Brand ambassador[edit]


  • Starred in Hugo Boss "“Sincerely, LA”" film as himself


Vanity Fair Best Dressed[edit]

Francesco appeared in Vanity Fair's Best Dressed list, in September 2013.


  1. ^ "The Leading L Exposure Site on the Net". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Wierszalin by Francesco Carrozzini". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  3. ^ " - Screen Tests". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Natalie Portman - New York Times by Francesco Carrozzini". YouTube. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Francesco Carrozzini". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Francesco Carrozzini". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Francesco Carrozzini". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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