Michele is a news and documentary photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born in Bologna, Italy in 1991.
In 2016 he graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Ferrara developing a master thesis on the role of public and collective spaces in divided post-conflict cities, with a research semester in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2017 Michele attended the ICP Masterclass Visual Storytelling and New Media. In 2018 he completed a one-year program in Photojournalism at the ISFCI - Superior Institute of Photography in Rome, Italy and he has been selected for the Nikon-NOOR Academy Italy and for the Canon Student Program at Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan. In the same year his project about public showers and housing crisis in Turin won the Canon Italy Young Photographer Award - Multimedia and has been exhibited at Cortona On The Move Festival. Since 2018 he is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register.
In 2017 started working as a freelance photographer.
His work appeared on international media such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, El Pais, Bloomberg, Vice US, L'Espresso, Internazionale, Courier International, La Repubblica, and others.
His photographic, journalistic and documentarian practice is focused on the study of bodies and space: how politics, religions and social rituals affect and shape contemporary cities and urban societies, with a particular interest in the Mediterranean.
Michele speaks English, Italian, French, has good command of Portuguese, Spanish and is available for worldwide assignments.
Corporate clients include Warner Music Italy, Spi CGIL, Fox Italy, De Agostini, Aska News, Indigo Film, Maestro Production.
2018: Canon Italy Young Photographer Award - 1st prize
2018: Cortona On The Move International Photography Festival - Acqua Alta
2018: Camera Work Off, Ravenna - Atopia
2016: Antonello Ghezzi Studio, Bologna - Leila
2015: Case Aperte, Bologna - In/Out
2018: Master in Photojournalism - ISFCI, Rome
2018: Nikon - NOOR Images Academy in Turin, Italy
2018: Canon Student Program @ Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan, France
2017: ICP - International Center of Photography Masterclass - Visual storytelling and new media
2016: Master degree in Architecture - University of Ferrara