neri fadigati

Neri Fadigati

Is an Italian journalist and photographer.

He lectures at Richmond University Florence.

He was born in 1953 in Florence, Italy. He studied Philosophy, with a focus on History of Science, at the University of Florence and Siena, where he got his degree, writing a thesis on Paolo Mantegazza and the introduction of scientific photography in Italy (major: Anthropology; grade: 110 out of 110).

His interest in Documentary Photography began during travels throughout Europe, Africa and North America. In 1979 he drove across the USA, lived in Los Angeles and traveled to Mexico. To gain further experience he worked in Italy and in New York, assisting David Lees and John Dominis, photographers for Life magazine and National Geographic.

Since 1983, back in Florence, he has worked as a freelance professional photographer and journalist. His photographs and articles have appeared in the most important Italian magazines: Panorama, L’Europeo, Epoca, Bell’Italia, Il Venerdì, Sette, Airone, Gardenia, Capital, Class, Focus, Le Vie del Mondo, Primo Piano, A Tavola, Ville & Casali, Vita, Verve international and in some foreign magazine: Figaro Japan, Harpers and Queen, Telegraph weekend magazine.

Collaborations include:

National Geographic

Grazia Neri Photo Agency

TV programs of RAI, the Italian public television and TMC (La7) a commercial channel

The Institute and the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Florence

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

AGF Agenzia Giornalistica Fotografica

Professional Projects:


He covered the Costa Concordia disaster at Giglio Island.


He wrote the forward to the book: Florence at the Time of Giovanni B. Giorgini. Arts, Crafts, and Fashion in Italy and the United States, by Letizia Pagliai.

He was the curator of the exhibition “Moda Italiana 1951-2001, una storia lunga 60 anni”, held in the Castello di Vigevano (Pavia, Italy).


The second edition of his book Il mestiere di vedere, Introduzione al fotogiornalismo (The Profession of Seeing, an Introduction to Photojournalism), was published by Pisa University Press,

(first ed. 2005).

Since February 2009 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the

project The Fashion Archives of the 1900’s, governed by ANAI (National Association

of the Archives). In June he attended ANAI’s meeting held in Florence,

speaking about Giovanni B. Giorgini and his Archive, the Birth of Made in Italy.


He worked on different stories for Ville e Casali Magazine

He took pictures of the Italian fashion designer Roberto Capucci and his dresses, on assignment for Verve International.

He went to Brest (France) to document the “Fetes maritimes de Brest”.


The Marino Marini Museum organised a solo photo exhibition: Neri Fadigati fotografie 1997-2007, showing more than 90 photographs taken in different countries. The images presented were divided in three sections: photographs taken on assignments on color slide film; black and white 30x40 cm prints; digital pictures printed on large format paper.


He took pictures of Zubin Mehta conducting the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra


He drove across Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, focusing on the Europeans.


He went to Iceland to document the Kárahnjúkar Project, a series of huge dams under construction in the North of the country.

He took pictures of the European Gravitational Observatory, located by Pisa, Italy, on assignment for FOCUS Magazine.


He covered the three million people march in Rome, the greatest demonstration ever organized in Italy (3.20.2002).


He covered the European Social Forum, in Florence.

He became the president of the Giorgini Archive, the most important archive and photo collection of early Italian Fashion. He organised The Origin of Success, an exhibition presented in Florence to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Italian fashion. Giovanni B. Giorgini (Neri’s grandfather) started the Italian High Fashion Shows in Florence in 1951.


He flew to Israel on assignment for UNESCO, to document Historical, Archeological and Cultural Heritage.

He went to Bosnia-Herzegovina on assignment for Capital magazine, to document the reconstruction of the city of Mostar.


He traveled around Great Britain on assignment for Capital magazine, to document the Center for Alternative Technologies of Machynlleth (Wales), the Ecovillage of Findhorn (Scotland) and Wind Farms.


He was head of an educational project started to present aspects of contemporary society to children. The result was an interactive CD-ROM on environment, civil rights and duties, cultural interactions, etc., named Developing for the Future. Funds had been given by both the European Union and local Administrations.


He worked for the Lega Internazionale per i diritti e la liberazione dei popoli. He was a member of the Italian committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He started a section of the Society for Threatened Peoples.


He was part of a research project, organised by the Institue of Antropology, on the Taino people who lived in the West Indies when Columbus arrived there. Named 1492-1992, The First Impact, the project consisted of studying the early effects of Spanish colonization. He spent long periods working on location in the Island of Hispaniola.

Teaching Positions:


CAPA, Florence: Introduction to Photojournalism (2011/2012)

FUA, Florence University of the Arts: History of Photography; Introduction to Classic Photography; Intermediate/Advanced Classic Photography; Introduction to Digital Photography (2006/2012).

Richmond University Florence: Photography for the Media (2006/2012).

Florence Academy of Fine Arts: Photography applied to Photoengraving (2003).

University of Pisa, College of Political Science, lectures on: Photography in Italian Magazines (2003).

Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence: Photography in Children Education (2003).

The Art Institute of Florence: Introduction to Photojournalism; Introduction to Architectural and Landscape Photography; Introduction to Photography; Advanced Photography (2001/2005).

Photo Exhibitions:

2012 - Veranda Il Demino - Hotel Demo's, Giglio Island: Sea Creatures - Men and Fish from Giglio Island, solo exhibition consisting of eight inkjet prints 50x70 on plexiglass and slide show.

2012 - Tethys Gallery - Fine Art Photography, Florence: maResseri - Sea Creatures, solo exhibition consisting of eight inkjet prints 50x70 on plexiglass.

2007 - Marino Marini Museum, Florence: Neri Fadigati fotografie 1997-2007, solo exhibition consisting of more than 90 color and B&W pictures. Catalog by Polistampa, Florence, foreword by Carlo Sisi.

1997 - National Library of Florence: The reconstruction of the City of Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), with the partnership of the City of Florence and the Tuscan Regional Administration.

1992 - House of Culture, Biasca, Switzerland: The Taino People.

1992 - Public Library, Cantù, Varese: The Taino People.

1991 - Villa Renatico-Martini, Monsummano Terme, Pistoia: Native Americans, past and present.

1990 - National Library of Florence: The Myths of the Taino People.

Furthermore he worked as a skipper, chartering his own 45 ft. wooden sailing boat.

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