” We don’t make a photograph just with a camera, we bring to the act of photography all the books we have read, the movies we have seen, the music we have heard, the people we have loved”. (Ansel Adams)
Michela Taeggi was born in north-west Italy. She studied to become graphic advertiser , a sector that has approached her to photography. After completing her studies, on 1999 and for about eight years , she worked in the advertising field , specializing in still –life photography, working with companies and advertising agencies. She became involved in photojournalism while writing and photographing for an independent news website . Since 2007 , leaving the work in the studio, she decided to devote herself exclusively to photojournalism, and her images started to be published in many Italian magazines (Vanity Fair, Oggi, Gente, Sette, L’Espresso, A, Tu Style, Donna Moderna, Geo -Fr, Ok Salute, F, Famiglia Cristiana, Gioia) . She works on assignment as well as with personal projects , focusing on reportage and portrait photography , with a special attention to themes related to social issues . One of her main works regards illegal immigration, which led her to collaborate with MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) on 2009 , reporting the sufferings and hopes of young Afghan illegally immigrated in Greece. On 2010 she documented the exploitation of migrants’ labor in the citrus groves in Calabria for Vanity Fair. While working as photojournalist she also uses the language of portrait as intimate form of narrative expression. On 2013 her project “Love grows” was selected during Sony World Photography Awards shortlist contest within “people” category. On 2014 her project ” Child of the Woods” has been selected at the 4th Annual PAA 20014 – Honorable Mention. She’ s the autor of the book published by Around Gallery “The Novel of Nature” (2017).
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SELECTED GRANTS & AWARDS
2014 Photo Annual Awards, Honorable Mention in the (E) MOTIONS Series
2014 Selected on Webmagazine Clic.hè “CHANGE”
2014 Selected on Fotografia Femminile – Osservatorio Nazionale
2013 Selected on Le journal de la photographie
2013 Selected on Webmagazine Clic.hè “TABU'”
2013 Sony World Photography Awards, selected for the top 10 professional shortlist in the People category
2013 Selected on Fotoritim Turkey
2011 Sky Uno – Buon Compleanno Italia
2017 “The Novel of Nature” – Spazio 36, Milan.
2012 Matera Fotofestival – “Waiting What – L’attesa”
2011 Ivrea Fotofestival – “Waiting What – L’attesa”
2011 “Waiting What – L’attesa” – Venezia Campus Università Cà Foscari
2017 – “The Novel of Nature” edited by Around Gallery.
2017 – “Lombardia four seasons of beauty” edited by Regione Lombardia.
2016 – “Expo tale” edited by Regione Lombardia.
2006 – “Donne raccontano Donne, venti testimonianze e venti racconti fotografici”
edited by Claudio Benzoni, Edizioni Benzoni.
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