Alessandro Penso


B. 1978
ITALIAN
BASED IN ROME

Deeply committed to social issues, Alessandro has made the issue of immigration in the Mediterranean and Europe his focus in recent years.

He has won prizes with World Press Photo; Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant; Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund; and Terry O’Neill Tag Award. His work from Greece was also the focus of a major exhibition entitled The European Dream: Road to Bruxelles, which travelled through Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and Belgium, where it was shown at the European Parliament.

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Alessandro works regularly with Italian and international publications and his work has been widely published, including in The International Herald Tribune, TIME, The Washington Post, Businessweek, The Guardian, BBC, Human Rights Watch, L’Espresso, D di Repubblica and Vanity Fair Italy.

His images have been widely exhibited at festivals in Europe, and he regularly conducts photographic workshops and seminars.

Alessandro is based in Rome.

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Selected Works

The European Dream

The European Dream

Alessandro Penso

For almost seven years, I have been photographing the conditions of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe, with a particular focus on European Union border countries. I have aimed to shed a light on the consequences of attitudes of closure and xenophobia around the issue of immigration in Europe upon some of the world’s…

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Migrant Workers Journey

Migrant Workers Journey

The project “Migrant Workers Journey” describes and documents the social and human working conditions of migrants employed illegally in Italy in the agricultural sector, mainly as seasonal worker during the…

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Refugees in Bulgaria

Refugees in Bulgaria

In 2013, due principally to the war in Syria, Bulgaria found itself in the middle of international migration flows like never before. Caught completely unprepared for the around 11,000 refugees…

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Lesvos

Lesvos

According to UNHCR, approximately 850,000 refugees and migrants, including children, arrived in Greece by sea in 2015. Of these, just over 500,000 landed on Lesbos, a Greek island around eight…

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Lost Generation

Lost Generation

This is the story of young, often underage migrants fleeing their home countries, trying to enter the European Union through Greece. Every day in Greece, these young people confront the…

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