Matteo Bastianelli’s Profile

MaldiMare (Seasickness) By Matteo Bastianelli
MaldiMare (Seasickness)
Time seems to have stopped at the Industrial Revolution in the 800's. The backdrop is that of the steel-work hub in Taranto, Italy. The largest in Europe and also the most polluted.Where illnesses that are correlated to pollution from dioxins destroy the lives of so many families, torn between the need to work and that of safeguarding their children's health.
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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.

  1. Matteo Bastianelli
  2. Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent
  3. Tax code: BSTMTT85A27L719P
  4. Vat number: 11947761000
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  6. BiH: +387 62188689
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  12. Born in 1985, free lance photographer, journalist and documentary film director based between Italy and the Balkans.

  13. Education
  14. He gratuated at the “Scuola Romana di Fotografia”, 2009. 
  15. “Bilder Nordic School of Photography”. Workshop with Eugene Richards, Oslo, Norway, Attendee, March 2011. 
  16. “Officine Fotografiche”, Workshop with Christian Caujolle, Rome, Italy, Attendee, May 2011.

  17. Filmography
  18. MaldiMare (Seasickness), 72, Italy, 2014
  19. Taqsim, 5'47'', Italy, 2014
  20. The Bosnian Identity, 52’, Italy, 2013
  21. Home sweet homeless, 5’, Italy, 2012
  22. A silent scream for life, 5’, Italy, 2011
  23. Back and forth, 5’, Italy, 2010

  24. Exhibitions 
  25. The Bosnian Identity. Solo exhibiton. "Bepi Savioli" Gallery, Riccione, Italy
  26. The Bosnian Identity. Solo exhibiton. Porta Napoletana, Velletri-Rome, Italy
  27. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. "Artemisio Theater". Velletri, Rome. Italy
  28. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Cinema Veritè, Iran International Documentary Film Festival. Teheran, Iran, 2013
  29. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Tagliacozzoinfilm. Tagliacozzo, Italy, 2013
  30. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Umbria World Fest. Foligno, Italy, 2013
  31. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Roma 3 Film Festival. Palladium Theatre. Rome, Italy, 2013
  32. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Cineteca di Rimini, Interazioni Festival. Rimini, Italy, 2013
  33. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Bellaria Doc Film Festival. Bellaria Igea Marina, Italy, 2013
  34. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. Cinema Piccolo Apollo. Rome, Italy, 2013
  35. The Bosnian Identity. Projection. BIF&ST, Bari International Film Festival. Bari, Italy, 2013
  36. The Bosnian Identity. Collective exhibition. "Fotoleggendo" Photo Festival. Rome, Italy, 2012
  37. A silent scream for life. Collective projection. Bursa Photo Fest. Beyoglu, Istanbul, 2012
  38. Volontariamente. Collective exhibition. Cultural center Altinate San Gaetano, Padova, Italy, 2012
  39. Volontariamente. Collective exhibition. Bgallery. Rome, Italy, 2012
  40. A silent scream for life. 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. Hannover, Germany, 2012
  41. Volontariamente. Collective exhibition. Festival Orvieto Fotografia. Orvieto, Italy, 2012
  42. Home sweet homeless. Solo exhibition. WSP photography. Rome, Italy, 2012
  43. Volontariamente. Collective exhibition. Casa Ildefonso Schuster. Milan, Italy, 2012
  44. The Bosnian Identity. Collective exhibition Museum of Estonian Architecture. Tallinn, Estonia, 2011
  45. New European Romans. Collective exhibition. Subway line A. Rome, Italy, 2011
  46. The Bosnian Identity. Metropolis, Noorderlicht Photogallery. Groningen, The Netherlands, 2011
  47. Back and forth. Annenberg Theater of the Palm Springs Art Museum. California, USA, 2011 
  48. The Bosnian Identity. Canon Award. Collective exhibition. Fiera Milano City. Milan, Italy, 2011
  49. The Bosnian Identity. Canon Award. Collective exhibition. FORMA Foundation. Milan, Italy, 2011
  50. The Bosnian Identity. "The Dreamers". Collective exhibition. Foiano della Chiana, Italy, 2010 
  51. Castles made of playing-cards. Collective exhibition. Abruzzo, Italy, 2010 
  52. The Bosnian identity. Collective exhibition. Atelier de visu, Marseille, France, 2010 
  53. Living quarters. Festival Ddang. Collective exhibition. Chiostro degli Agostiniani, Bracciano, Italy, 2010 
  54. The Bosnian identity. Solo exhibition. Officine Fotografiche. Rome, Italy, 2010 
  55. "Una foto per". Collective exhibition. Officine fotografiche. Rome, Italy, 2009 
  56. Living quarters. Casale de Merode, Collective exhibition. Rome, Italy 2009
  57. Home sweet homeless. Collective exhibition. Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Rome, Italy 2009
  58. Home sweet homeless. Collective exhibition. Avellino, Italy 2009

Awards and recognitions

  1. Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, 2013
  2. Marco Bastianelli Prize for the Best First Book, 2013
  3. Bellaria Film Festival Doc, Official selection, 2013
  4. BIF&ST- Bari International Film Festival, best documentary film, 2013
  5. International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Deeper perspective, 2012
  6. Honorary membership of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research Genocide, Canada, 2012
  7. Fotovisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Projects, Finalist, 2012
  8. 1st Gomma by Mono Contest, Shortlisted 2012
  9. NPPA, Best of photojournalism, Honorable Mention, 2011
  10. International Photography Awards (Ipa), Honorable Mention, Feature Story, 2011
  11. International Photography Awards (Ipa), Honorable Mention, Environmental, 2011
  12. International Photography Awards (Ipa), Honorable Mention, People, 2011 
  13. Multimedia Photojournalism Award (MEI), Honorable Mention, 2011
  14. Sodalitas Award for Social Journalism, Finalist, 2011
  15. Freedom to Create Prize, Highly Commended Artist, 2011
  16. Amilcare Ponchielli Award/GRIN, Shortlisted, 2011
  17. Connect Slide Show Contest, Finalist, 2011
  18. Canon Young Photographers Prize- Best project, 2010
  19. Emerging Photographer Grant Finalist, 2010
  20. International photo contest JFF -Blur magazine winner, 2010
  21. PDNs Photo Annual contest in photojournalism winner, 2010
  22. Festival Internazionale Foiano Fotografia, 1st prize for best portfolio, 2009
  23. Festival Internazionale della Fotografia di Roma, 2nd prize for best portfolio, 2009
  24. Festival Fotoleggendo, 3rd prize for best portfolio, 2009

Clients and publications

  1. Blur, Burn, Corriere della Sera, Drome, Fotocult, Foto8, Gup magazine, 
  2. International New York Times, La lettre de la Photographie, La Nouvelle Vague, Lens-
  3. The New York Times, Le Journal de la Photographie, Liberazione, Life Force magazine,
  4. Left, L'Espresso, L'Europeo, Messaggero, National Geographic Italia, Peanut butter
  5. thoughts, Photo District News, Photoraw, Photo Professional, Progresso fotografico,
  6. Private, Repubblica, Vanity fairs.


  1. The Bosnian Identity 2012. Postcart publishing srl
  2. 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism 2012 (collective)
  3. Metropolis. 2011. Noorderlicht Photography Foundation (collective)
  4. Voices of courages. 2011. Freedom to Create Prize (collective)
  5. The Dreamers. 2010. Foiano Fotografia (collective)


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