Gianni Cipriano (b. 1983) is a Sicilian-born independent photographer based between New York and Napoli, Italy. His 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, MSNBC.com, 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.