Italian photographer born in 1974, member of VU’ Agency since 2017, based in Zürich (Switzerland)
After beginning engineering studies, David Monteleone quickly turned to journalism and photography. Holding a Master research in Art and Politics from the Goldsmiths University in London, he first worked as an agency correspondent in Moscow from 2001 to 2003.
Since 2003, Davide Monteleone’s documentary photographic writing has enabled him to carry out, between Italy and Russia, numerous editorial assignments and regular collaborations with prestigious international press titles (Time Magazine, New Yorker, National Geographic, etc.).
He also develops long term personal projects focused on social issues and conflictual relationship between Power and individuals. Particularly committed to documenting the survivals and new aspirations of the post-Soviet world, he published his first book « Dusha, Russian Soul » in 2007, followed by « La Liena Inesistente » in 2009, « Red Thistle » in 2012, « Spasibo » in 2013 , « The April Theses » in 2017 and « In The Russian East » in 2019
In 2014, he goes beyond the borders of the post-Soviet territories and initiates a work – still in progress – about geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental impact of the “New Silk Roads” (“Yi Dai Yi Lu”) and thus about Chinese expansion on several continents.
Exhibited in many countries, his work has received prestigious awards, among which several World Press Photo awards (2007, 2009, 2011), the Aftermath Project award (2010), the European Publishers Award for Photography (2011), the European Photo Exhibition Award (2012), the Carmignac Prize for photojournalism (2013), the Asia Society Fellowship (2016) or the National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship (2019-2020).