Michele Palazzi’s Profile

Black Gold Hotel By Michele Palazzi
Black Gold Hotel
Black Gold Hotel is a journey in the daily lives of people all over the country, from the families in the Gobi desert that chose to continue the tradition of the steppe despite all difficulties to the young people in UlaanBaatar that live, consume and have fun in a way more and more similar to their western peers’, from the kids forced to look for food and shelter in a dump, to the people that abandoned nomadic life hoping to find happiness in a more urban lifestyle...

Michele Palazzi was born in Rome in 1984. After gaining a three years master in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia, he started working as a professional photographer focusing on marginalized people, from the Dalit catholic indian community to the Roma people living in Italy. In 2009 he recived the Enzo Baldoni collective prize with a project on the aftermath of the earthquake in Abruzzo. Since 2010 to 2011 he's been working on the project Migrant Workers Journey composed by a multimedia and a photographic reportage recipient of the Project Launch Award 2011 at Center Santa Fe, also exhibited in New Mexico Museum of Art and at Fotoleggendo festival in Rome 2011. He lives in Rome and he is syndicated by Prospekt.

NAME: Michele Palazzi


DATE OF BIRTH: 27/11/1984

WEBSITE: www.michelepalazziphotographer.com

AGENCY: Contrasto


2012 Workshop by Alessandra Sanguinetti at Brighton Photo

Biennal Magnum Workshop (Brighton, EN)

2004-2007 Three years Master in Photography by the “Scuola

Romana di Fotografia” (Rome, IT)


2013 Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013

First Prize

2011 CENTER Santa Fe Project Launch Award 2011


2013 Athens Photo Festival 2013 at Municipal Gallery of the

City of Athens (GR)

2013 Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 at Royal

Geographical Society (London, UK)

2013 Format 13 International Photography Festival -Factory

(Derby, UK)

2011 Migrant Workers Journey exhibition at New Mexico

Museum of Art (Santa Fe, USA)


2012 Migrant Workers Journey screened at Visa Puor l’Image

(Perpignan, FR)



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