Paris, France

Stefano De Luigi

Contributing Photographer

As a child, Stefano De Luigi (b. 1964, Germany) discovered photograph albums that recorded decades of unconventional family histories; his father’s family intertwined with the legacy of the Italian colonies in Africa. He found grainy prints from Libya, Eritrea, Somalia, and Ethiopia that sparked in him a lifelong fascination with the image and its ability to represent our inner voices. Multi-lingual Stefano regards societies’ pop culture — from television, fashion, pornography, cinema and political propaganda — and scrapes away the make-up and the polish to ask, is what you’re seeing actually what you think you see? 

His numerous awards include four World Press Photo awards (1998, 2007, 2010, 2011), the Eugene Smith Fellowship Grant (2008), the Getty Grant for editorial photography, the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award (2010), and the Syngenta Photography Award (2015).

Stefano works regularly with several international publications including The New Yorker, Geo, Paris Match, and Stern, and has exhibited his work in New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome, London, Istanbul, and Athens.