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gabriele micalizzi

Gabriele Micalizzi is an Italian photojournalist who collaborates with national and international newspapers such as the New York Times, The Guardian, Internazionale, and Wall Street Journal.

He is one of the founders of the Cesura collective and his work focuses on analysing and portraying  the social condition of people and their relationship with their surroundings.

In 2010, he began the project Italians: The Myth, an ethno-anthropological investigation focused on the identity crisis Italian society is undergoing, and at the same time, he started documenting the development of the Arab Spring, starting in Tunisia and then moving on to Egypt and Libya.

In 2016, he was crowned by Oliviero Toscani and David LaChapelle as the first winner of the Master of photography prize curated by Sky Arte, becoming a Leica testimonial. In 2016, he went to Libya to document the civil war. His book DOGMA was released after this trip.

On February 11, 2019, while he was in Baguz, in south-eastern Syria, documenting the Kurdish advance against IS forces, he was struck by an RPG rocket. Due to the injuries he sustained, he spent time in Milan, in search of new stories to tell. During this period, he worked at what became known as Malamilano, a project that addresses the most problematic issues the city of Milan faces, in particular drug addiction and micro criminality.

During the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, he documented the area with the highest number of cases, travelling between Bergamo and the rest of Lombardy.

In 2021, he travelled between Iraq and Afghanistan and at the same time began his career in the film industry by collaborating as a still photographer and consultant for the Sky Block 181 TV series filmed in Milan.

In 2022, he covered the war in Ukraine for WSJ, Die Zeit and Le Monde. Part of his coverage was later used for the production of the documentary film THAT’Z WAR, scheduled to be released soon.