Born in 1985, Matteo Bastianelli is a freelance photographer, documentary film director and publicist-journalist based in Rome. He attended the "Scuola Romana di Fotografia" where he achieved a masters’ in reportage d’auteur and photojournalism. Above all he works on personal long-term projects related to social, political and environmental issues, concentrating his endeavours on the consequences of the conflicts which led to the disintegration of ex- Jugoslavia. He has been working in several countries in the Balkans, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria, focusing on the theme of memory, identity and cultural heritage. New projects are under and away in his home country, Italy, where he is working on a visual documentary report regarding environmental pollution which affects people's life in the town of Taranto, the most polluted industrial area in Europe. In 2013 he started a new project in Bulgaria, the EU's gateway for Syrian asylum seekers fleeing their country after the unsuccessful Syrian Civil War. His images have been published by some of the major national and international magazines such as International New York Times, Lens-The New York Times, Burn, Life Force magazine, Internazionale, L'Espresso, L'Europeo, to name a few. His projects have been shown in Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Turkey, Holland and the United States. He has received various important awards for his work in numerous national and international competitions, among which Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, Canon Young Photographers’ Award, PDN’s Photo Annual Award, an Honourable Mention from the NPPA- Best of photojournalism, International Photography awards, finalist for the Emerging Photographer Grant, Fotovisura Grant and the Lumix Multimedia Award. In 2012 he was nominated honorable member of the international team of experts for the “Institute for Research of Genocide” in Canada. "The Bosnian Identity" is his first documentary film, screened in the official selection at BIF&ST- Bari International Film Festival 2013, where was awarded the "Vittorio de Seta" prize for the director of the best documentary film. He is currently member of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.
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