Sebastiano Tomada was born in 1986 in New York City. After growing up in Florence, Italy, he returned to New York to attend Parsons University and the New School, graduating with a double major in media studies and photography in 2010. It was during his time in college that he began to develop a personal style, focusing strongly on documentary and portrait photography.
Traveling extensively for publications in both the United States and Europe, Sebastiano’s work focuses on war-torn conflicts in some of the world’s most volatile regions, particularly the Middle East and Asia. His client list include The Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Zeit, The Atlantic and Businessweek.
Sebastiano has received several prestigious honors, including a World Press Photo Award a POY and the The 2013 Humanitarian International Red Cross (ICRC) Visa d’or.
Portraits and stories from several women who are part of an all-female fighting unit in war-torn Aleppo, Syria.
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