Stefano De Luigi (Cologne, 1964) is a professional photographer since 1988. His photographs have been published in the most important international magazines, including: Stern, Paris Match, Le Monde 2, Time, The New Yorker, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Geo ,Vanity Fair, El Pais, Sunday Time Magazine. In 1998 he completed the project Celebrities, about the fashion world. During these years he exhibited internationally in collective exhibitions: Edinburgh, Paris, Arles and in personal exhibitions: Braga and Savignano. In 2000 he received the Honorable Mention of Leica Oskar Barnack Award. That same year he started the project Pornoland, a photographic journey on pornographic film sets around the world. In 2004 Pornoland became a book with a text by Martin Amis, published by Thames and Hudson, Knessebeck, La Martiniere and Contrasto. This work was exhibited at REA gallery (Paris 2004), Santa Cecilia gallery (Rome 2005), Lanificio (Naples 2006), Festival Transphotographiques (Lille 2007), New York Photo Festival (NY 2011). Personal exhibitions in these years include: WHO (Geneva 2010), VII Gallery (New York 2010), 10b Gallery (Rome 2010), MART (Rovereto 2011), Photofestival (Athens 2012), Fondazione Stelline (Milan, 2013). From 2003 to 2006, he worked on Blindness- a photographic project on the blindness condition in the world. Blindness received the patronage of Vision 2020- WHO and won the W.E. Smith Fellowship Grant in 2007. In 2006 Stefano De Luigi embarked on the project Cinema Mundi, a World Cinema exploration on the alternative cinematographic scene external to the Hollywood dream factory including China, Russia, Iran, Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea and India. Cinema Mundi has been also transformed in a short 7 minutes movie projected at Locarno International Film Festival on August 4, 2007. Stefano De Luigi has won the World Press Photo contest four times in different categories (1998-2007-2010-2011). In 2009 he won the Moving Walls of Soros Foundation and his work was exposed in Washington and New York. In 2010 he won the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award and the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. Also in 2010, Blindness became a book: Blanco (Trolleybooks). Blanco won the POYi Best Photography Book Award 2011. In 2013, Stefano De Luigi has won the Days Japan (Special Jury Prize) and Prix du Festival de St-Brieuc. Stefano De Luigi is a member of VII agency since 2008 and lives in Milan.
“Real” weddings in Campania, Italy are choreographed and produced to look as lavish and over-the-top as an Italian soap operas or American reality TV. Stefano De Luigi's photo series captures the wedding fantasy industry in action.