Luca Santese

Luca Santese (1985) is an Italian photographer. He was born and grew up in Milan area. He studied at Monza’s Art  institute and at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan.  While attending academy he worked like assistant in Alex Majoli’s studio. In 2008 he launches and became a member of Cesura group. Cesura are a photographers group representing projects.   The concept of the project is to create a strong and independent group capable to work on quality and artistic research. In 2009 he won Photolucida Critical Mass International new talent photographers Award. In 2010 he was selected by the World Press Photo prize with the project “Detroit 2009-2010” and in the same year he exposed for the first time the project “Found Photos in Detroit” at Le Bal Space of Paris, to which followed exhibitions at Kulturhuset of Stockholm, at the OGR of Turin and at the MoCP of Chicago and numerous further exhibitions in many countries in the world. In 2012, Found Photos in Detroit book was published. This book has collected seven nominations as “the best photographic book of the year” and in 2014 was put in the volume “Photobook: A History Vol: III”, edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Parr and Badger consider the book as one of 200 best books of photography post world war two. His work has been published in numerous international magazines and his projects have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and United States.

Luca Santese, 1985, Monza (MB)
Luca Santese è un fotografo italiano. Ha studiato all’Istituto Statale d’Arte di Monza e all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera a Milano.
Nel 2008 ha fondato il collettivo Cesura: gruppo indipendente di fotografi uniti nell’intendo di produrre progetti documentari e di ricerca.
selected exhibitions
2016. Found photos in Detroit by Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese – MWW – Wroclaw Contemporay Museum
2015. Cambiamenti Exhibition MuFoCo – Museum of Contemporary Photography, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy
2014. Archive State Exhibition Jan 21 – April 6, 2014, MoCP, Museum of contemporary Photography, Chicago
2012. Found photos in Detroit by Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese Kulturhuset, Stockolm cultural centre – Sweden
2011. Revolution(es) Istituto Cervantes, New York city Curated by Julien Jourdes and Matthew Craig
2010. Anonymous Exhibition Le Bal Space, Paris – France, curated by D. Campany and D. Dufour.
selected pubblications
2016. Italy&Italy by Pasquale Bove, Luca Santese, Cesura Publish
2014. Photobook: A History Vol: III by Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, Phaidon
2012. Found Photos in Detroit Arianna Arcara, Luca Santese Cesura Publish
2010 . Anonymes. L’Amérique sans nom : photographie et cinéma David Campany, Diane Dufour, Steidl.
selected awards
2012. Best photographic book of the year selected by Gerry Badger, Philippe Azoury, Erik Kessels, Michael Kominek, John Gossage
2010. World Press Photo Contest Daily Life: 3rd Prize Singles Winner