VII Photo Agency
Davide Monteleone (b. 1974) started his photographic career in 2000, when he became an editorial photographer in Contrasto. The next year he moved to Moscow as a correspondent. This decision determined his ensuing career. Since 2003, Monteleone has lived between Italy and Russia, pursuing long-term personal projects. He published his first book "Dusha, Russian Soul" in 2007, followed by "La Linea Inesistente", in 2009, and "Red Thistle" in 2012.
His projects have brought him numerous awards, including various World Press Photo prizes and several grants like "Aftermath" or European Publisher Award. In recent years he is carrying out projects for leading international magazines, foundations and cultural institutions, exhibiting and teaching. Since 2011 Davide is a member of VII Photo.
"Even though I come from the tradition of documentary photography, my goal is not only to inform, but to create images that are the interpretation of an idea. I want the audience of my work to get curious about the subject of my research and to start investigating themselves."
In-depth on-the-ground reporting from Chechnya reveals how the idea of a modern Chechen identity is precarious: apparently normal by outward appearances but fractured by fundamental contradictions within.