Gianni Cipriano (b. 1983) is a Sicilian-born independent photographer whose work focuses on contemporary social, political and economic issues. Gianni regularly works for The New York Times and has been documenting the ongoing upheaval in Italian politics for L’Espresso weekly magazine since 2013. His editorial work has also appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine,, Io Donna, Ventiquattro, IL, Courrier International, Vanity Fair, Esquire, among others.

The oldest of two children in a family of immigrants, Gianni grew up between Brooklyn, Geneva and Palermo. After studying aerospace engineering and architecture, he graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2008 and interned with photojournalists Ron Haviv (VII) and Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos). In 2008, Getty Images selected him as one of its “Emerging Talents” of Reportage. He was also selected for the XXI 2008 Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. Between 2009 and 2012 Gianni has been part of Reflexions Masterclass, an international seminar on contemporary photography conducted by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. He has also been nominated to participate in the Joop Swart World Press Photo Masterclass.

He has received recognition and awards from POYI (Picture of the Year International), American Photography, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards and the the Ian Parry Scholarship.

Gianni’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions in venues such as the Rencontres d’Arles, FOLI Lima Biennale of Photography, MOPLA, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism.


Since 2009 Gianni has progressively held a variety of positions in advertising, commercial and editorial fashion shoots, initially as an lighting and equipment coordinator, subsequently as a transportation coordinator. He now works as a freelance production manager for both small and large budget productions. Tasks include the oversight of all aspects of producing such as locations and props research, maintaining a budget, negotiating contracts, supervising production staff and working with a wide network of suppliers and freelancers (location managers, prop masters, grips, body guards, assistants and runners).


Dolce & Gabbana
Louis Vuitton
Hugo Boss
Vogue US, Italy, Japan
Twin Set
Erika Cavallini
Prisma Media


Translator / Fixer

Gianni speaks fluently Italian, English and French. While pursuing his career as a photographer he has often worked as a producer, fixer and translator for journalists for publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Stern and Medium. Tasks include requests for interviews and fact-checking with state and military officials, NGOs and press offices mainly in Italy.

The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Le Monde
The Guardian Weekend Magazine
The Financial Times – FT Magazine
D Repubblica
Io Donna
Rolling Stone Italy
Touring Magazine

Past Group Exhibitions
2016. 5-19 June. LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover, Germany. “Politico”.
2016. 2 June – 23 October. Extraordinary Visions / L’Italia, MAXXI, Rome. “Politico”.
2015. Perugia Social Photo Fest, Perugia, Italy. “Phone Photography”.
2015. Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome. “L’Espresso – La nostra storia”.
2015. Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore, Bibbiena, Italy. “Phone Photography”.
2014. Ying Ang & Gianni Cipriano Showcase, Le Petit Oiseau Va Sortir, Paris;
2014. The Eyes Collection #1, Galerie Intervalle, Paris. “Perfect”.
2013. Getxophoto 2013 Photo Festival, Getxo, Spain. “Perfect”.
2013. Extraspazio gallery, Rome. “Paradise Now”.
2013. Images Singulières photo festival, Gare SNCF, Sète, France. “Perfect”
2012. Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, International Center of Photography, New York. “Strike Anywhere”.
2012. Ragusa Fotofestival, Ragusa, Italy. “Perfect”.
2012. Atelier Reflexions Masterclass 2002-2012 – Une aventure artistique, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France;
2012. Winephoto Festival, Mogliano Veneto, Italy. “Limbo”.
2012. neu [nòi], Palermo, Italy. “15”, solo exhibition
2011. FOLI, Lima Biennale of Photography, Peru. “Siciliae”.
2011. Pro’jekt LA, MOPLA, Month of Photography, Los Angeles. “Perfect”.
2011. Galleria BelVedere, Milan. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia”
2011. Galleria X3, Palermo, Italy. “‘Round New York”.
2011. fsmgallery, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia
2011. Circolo Fotocine, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. “Vietato! I limiti che cambiano la fotografia
2010. International Center of Photography, New York. “What We Saw: Dialects”.
2010. Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”.
2010. Lumix Multimedia Award Exhibition, Design Center Hochschule, Hannover, Germany. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”
2010. American Photography 26 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York.
2009. Les Visas de l’Association Nationale Iconographes, Floréal Gallery, Paris. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”.
2009. American Photography 25 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York.
2008. Pingyao International Photography Festival, China. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”
2008. Ian Parry Scholarship Show, Getty Images Gallery, London. “Where Beauty Softens Your Grief”.
2008. Reflect 2008: The International Center of Photography 2007-2008 full-time student exhibition, ICP Gallery, New York;
2008. They Got Exposed: The Image ’08 Show Winners of the American Society of Media Photographers of New York contest, Fastback Creative Books Gallery, New York;
2008. American Photography 24 Show, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York.
2016. Flash  Forward 2016, The Magenta Foundation. Honorable Mention.
2016. Lumix Freelens Award. Selected Artist.
2016. American Photography 32. Chosen Artist.
2012. MOPLA, Month of Photography, Los Angeles. Pro’jekt LA. Selected artist.
2012. Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo. Nomination in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
2011. WinePhoto Exhibition. Mogliano Veneto, Italy. Selected artist.
2010. American Photography 26. Selected artist.
2010. Hannover Festival for Young Photojournalism. Lumix Multimedia Award. Finalist.
2010. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination.
2009. American Photography. Selected artist.
2009. Picture Of The Year International (POYI). First Place Multimedia Feature.
2009. New York Photo Awards. Honorable Mention for Short Film/Video.
2009. Premio Fotografico. Italian Association of Professional Photographers. Emerging Talent Honorable Mention.
2009. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination.
2008. Director’s Fellowship, International Center of Photography, New York.
2008. Visas de l’Association Nationale des Iconographes. Winner.
2008. Reportage by Getty Images. Selected Emerging Talent.
2008. Photo District New’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Nomination.
2008. Ian Parry Scholarship. Highly Commended.
2008. American Photography 24. Selected artist.
2008. Editorial Photographers Student Contest, Winner.
2008. Visual Culture Awards. Bronze prize and award of excellence.
2008. American Society of Media Photographers. Honorable Mention.
2008. International Photography Awards. Honorable Mention in Deeper Perspective category.
2008. International Photography Awards. 2 Honorable Mentions in Editorial Photo Essay category.