francesco_guagliardoBorn in Palermo (Italy) in 1983.

After abandoning his studies in law, he decides to devote himself to photography full time. His first experiments in the dark room as well as cooperation with some photographic association members based in Palermo (Imago), helps him to deepen the different shooting techniques and leads him to becoming a professional photographer. So in 2006 he moves to Milan to study in the European Institute of Design in which he has the opportunity to learn and collaborate with influential photographers; one of them is Thomas Wiedenhofer, for whom Francesco assists in shooting Alexander McQueen‘s fashion catalog.

Studies in fashion photography, portrait, and especially post-production techniques, enriches his skills, but reportage still remains his main passion. In 2008 he makes his first reportage, “Slaughters”, documenting “life” inside slaughterhouses in different parts of Italy. This reportage wins the third place in the competition “Prize of the creative quality in professional photography”. This work later forms a book in which each photo is accompanied by some moving poetry written by Ivano Ferrari, who became well-known after publishing his book of poems “Slaughterhouse” (Einaudi) .

“Slaughters” then becomes the final thesis studies in photography, which results in its publication in 2010 in Rolling Stone magazine.

Then he has the opportunity to follow international events, such as the landing of thousands of immigrants in Lampedusa (in collaboration with the photo agency LaPresse), the war in Libya and recently the political crisis that has hit Ukraine. He has won several awards and his work has been published by several national and international newspapers and magazines, such as Vanity Fair, Il fatto quotidiano, Total Football Russia, etc., as well as by numerous online news websites.

In 2012, with the photographer Tania Ayyad he founds Lemur Studio, in which he works dividing his time between reportage and ceremony photography.

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