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Michele Di Donato

Michele Di Donato - photographer
"I decided to take pictures to express myself but above all, to remind others to never stop seeing"

Michele Di Donato is an Italian photographer based in Sicily.  Growing up, his family was accustomed to using photography to document their everyday lives in a leisurely manner however Donato took this a step further by pursuing a career in the field. He has travelled around the world, to countries as far as Japan to display his work.  

Nostalgic Inspirations

Di Donato recalls memories from repeated gestures or timeless old movie scenes he finds on a daily basis and applies this to his work, hoping for it to be viewed in the same manner.  He prefers the use of conceptual photography which provides him with a more focused idea of what his finished image will look like. This assures his initial understanding of the image and his vision of the completed photographic piece.

An Emotion Based Process

Di Donato feels that it is common modern society to only associate locations, buildings, and landscape sights as only their literal form, rarely being explored on a more artistic level.  He therefore focuses most of his energy on the emotions that he feels in relation to the setting that he is photographing and the perception that he is trying to depict.  This becomes his foundation in which his creative boundaries including: colour, angle, and structure are easily customisable, allowing him to play with certain elements.

International Presence

Michele Di Donato has exhibited on a global level including The Moscow International Photo Award 2015 as well as being one of the finalists of The Tokyo International Photo Award 2016. In 2017, he was "Commended as Top 50 in the World" at The Sony World Photography Awards.


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  • 2017
    SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2017- Commended as Top 50 in the World - categoria Open Architecture– London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD 2016- 2nd place– Tokyo, Japan
  • 2016
    TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD 2016- 3nd place– Tokyo, Japan
  • 2016
  • 2016
    DOBOJ Triennal International Photo Salon 2016- Gold Medal– Doboj, Serbia

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    non luoghi / Mondadory Art Gallery – Palermo, Italy
  • 2017
    Napoli / Dom Literatury – Lodz, Poland
  • 2017
    I Siciliani / Szomszed – Budapest, Hungary
  • 2016
    non luoghi / YAAM – Berlin, Germany
  • 2016
    Dell'immaginario, del reale / Colorno Photo Life 2016 – Colorno, Italy


Permanent collection

  • 2016
    Metapolis, Italy
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