Far away from the concept of simple images producer, a Photographer acts inside a multifaceted panorama that gathers content and appearance. This figure has to highlight the potential of these two formal dimensions, to tell stories and raise emotions, working on complex messages, managing techniques and narrative sensitivity. Photography is a universe that merges art and languages. A professional Photographer is a witness who is conscious about this creative aggregation.



“The feeling I get when I shoot on set is to be able to talk to the people who will see the photos, to be able to communicate my idea”: this is how Marta Carelli, Alumna of the Undergraduate course in Photography and founder of Marta Carelli Studio, which she now runs alongside former students Eleonora Aucone and Antonio Avolio, talks about her profession”

l'altro deserto rosso

Taranto as seen and shot by the eye of Alessio Pellicoro from IED Roma. In his Final Project, Alessio spoke about the urbanistic and social issues that have been concerning his native city for years. At the centre of the project there are the cities’ districts, especially the industrial one, where is the ironworks AncelorMittal (ex Ilva), symbol of a dramatic climate situation.

Here are some shots from Alessio’s project.

youth shades

Created by Caudia Baldino and Riccardo Cagnotto from IED Torino, the photographic series reflects on the emotional and psychological changes triggered by the phases of passage, moments that are cyclically present in the life of each individual.
Inspired by great coming-of-age novels such as Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s This side of Paradise, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower – the autobiographical shots freeze the daily moments of reflection, in which the mind runs to imagine possible future directions.
With an aesthetic that looks at fashion and winks at the cinema of David Fincher and Gaspar Noé, and a palette of colours that progressively fades from warm to cold tones, the pictures catches a present that vanishes into a still unknown future, bringing with it curiosity obscured by fear, insecurity hidden by carefreeness, nostalgia fought by the desire for growth and change.


Photography is the everyday narrative of what is going on in the modern world and it bears witness to how we see and interpret reality. INFP is a photographic project shot in Iran, between Qeshm and Mesr desert, and examines complexities of women’s identities using both reportage and stage photography. Take a look to the Final Project carried out by the IED Milano student Sogol Sochi.

photography and literature

The brief asked for a reflection on the relationship between photography and literature, on the exchange of suggestions, themes and inspirations coming from a chosen text – novel, essay or poetry. The students of Photography at IED Torino, thus, elaborated a series of shots that were then exhibited at the Project Room of CAMERA – Italian Centre for Photography with the curatorship of the course coordinator Bruna Biamino.
In the gallery below, the shots of Guido Lovisolo, recalling the criticism of psychiatry developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and the interpretation of schizophrenia as a disease of our time, compose a psychological portrait: a direct approach, no alteration or concealment of events. The photographic gesture is in tune with the subject and performs with it.


A Thesis Project from Simone Lorusso, IED Milano Photography Alumnus and currently Junior Creative Director. These pictures straddle past and present of the individual’s and the group’s image and imaginary. The identity of one individual growing importance through repetition, as for the Mods, a youth subculture from London of the late 50s: their style became a status and a mean of mass gestures and behaviors.
They were cool, stylish and rebel. Their movement had gender roles’ talked about and connected with music and beauty.


Looking to the future as a categorical imperative. And doing it with optimism, leaving the grey smog behind us. Can we do it alone? Or do we need to strike a balance between various different parties? Synergy is the answer: it allows us to achieve results by exploring the reaction of two or more agents. Each piece is crucial to the overall balance. In this connection of parties and respective tasks, humans aren’t so very different from machines. If we co-operate, we can look to the future. The H2politO team is a group that reflects this philosophy. It’s a team of young engineers working to create ultra-low-emissions vehicles. Colour and movement are the keys to the project created by IED Torino students Andrea Bianco and Lucrezia Goria.


Birra Peroni and IED Roma started a collaboration caled Obiettivo Impresa: 5 national and international emerging talents in photography telling the company’s places, people and moments through a story made out of images from the daily work. The shots are by Andrea Santamaria, Ivan Cerasia, Thiago Andres Gnessi, Elena Durante e Ivana Bianco, who dedicated their Final Thesis’ work to Birra Peroni.

The factories in Rome, Padoa and Bari opened their gates to the students who developed their creative ideas under the guidance of the photographer Massimo Siragusa and the contribution of the photoeditor Daria Scolamacchia. The project became an exhibition within IED Roma and a soon-to-be-published catalogue.


One hand’s building is a photographic book merging architecture and still life, that are combined through a minimal style. The work originates from the will to underline the value of the project for aesthetic and functional equalization between centre and suburbs applied to the city of Copenhagen. Take a look to tghe Thesis Project developed by the IED Milano student bruna Pellegrino.

another fashion magazine

Fashion photography is characterized by constant change and for being reactive in its visualizations and reflections of consumer society. The body of work is about the process of creation of fashion style as it is, the development of cool-hunting ability and gathering of references as a part and parcel of every fashion photographer way. In a broader sense, the subject is the transformation that every fashion photographer has to undergo, in order to enlarge the space between fantasy and reality and the desire to explore the medium’s flexibility and extremes. The digital tools heavily used in fashion photography nowadays showed the power of postproduction to render an image and take away the excitement that happens on a fashion shoot. The fashion photographers were among the first who explored the possibilities of the Web for photography, answering the question of what a fashion magazine with editorial vision could become in the age of the Internet. The editorial direction based on cool-hunting or fashion intuition and established references gives the hope for further authenticity and vitality of fashion photography in general. The independent magazines as well as digital platforms give a chance for aspiring fashion photographers to build their own style and develop personal vision.

A SPECIAL TEACHER: Steve Mc Curry’s Lectio Magistralis

The worldwide known photographer Steve Mc Curry, during his European tour to promote the book India, held a lectio magistralis for Photography students at IED Milano. Interview by Visual Arts Director Rossella Bertolazzi and Photography Department Coordinators Carlotta Cattaneo Carter and Roberto Tomesani.


This documentary and photojournalism project, realised by Denis Vorobiov Ied student in Photography, consists in the visual documentation of one of the most important problems that we’re facing today: the mass migration from the Middle-East Countries to Europe. This visual investigation focuses on the critical condition of refugees and the political perspective of governments. At the same time, it builds a bridge between the European community and the new Arabic society, by showing their most intimate sides and sharing the words they used to describe their feelings.

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Coordinators of the courses

IED Milano: Roberto Tomesani and Carlotta Cattaneo Carter

IED Roma: Antonio Barrella

IED Torino: Bruna Biamino and Roberto Maria Clemente


The professional world requires a highly qualified and cross-disciplinary preparation. For this reason, IED suggests its students to keep themselves informed and updated through courses that are complementary to those they followed during their undergraduate pathway.

See the list of IED Master courses held in Italy, in English language: learn more.



Among the best architecture photographers of the moment there is Hélén Binet, graduated in Photography from IED Roma. She worked with the world greatest architects such as Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Alvar Aalto. Read the article on Elle Decor Italia (italian).



Elena Pegurri, Photography student at IED Milano, developed the project Temporarium as a reflection on the phenomenon of neuroplasticity, that is to say brain’s capacity to reconfigure  itself, and this characteristic recalls the topic of identity and its fluidity. To express this concept through photography Elena chose the metaphor of the natural world, but re-contextualising the elements in studio. Final products will be a book inspired to herbariums and scientific researches and an exhibition of the same elements pictured in the book, but crystallised.


IED Torino students have taken part in the Michelin Worldwide Video Challenge, creating four video clips which explore “the puncturing of a tyre and the consequences for the driver and the passengers”. The videos won the first and third prizes in the “Waste of Money” category. Teacher: Vincenzo Greco Students: Gabriele Bertotti, Fabrizio Chirico, Francesca Nepote, Mattia Zaia, Fabio Gubetti, Andrea Cantore, Andreas Rosso.