“…my goal is to create images that are the interpretation of an idea..”

Davide Monteleone (b. 1974, Italy) is an artist and storyteller using photography and video as his main forms of expression. Since 2003, he has lived between Italy and Russia pursuing long-term independent projects, mainly focusing on the post-Soviet area. He published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, followed by La Linea Inesistente, in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. He is engaged with educational activities, regularly lecturing at universities and teaching workshops internationally.

The photographs in Arctic Coordinates were commissioned for the New Yorker story Polar Express in 2012.


Spasibo, Kehrer Verlag 2013
Red Thistle, Actes sud, Dewi Lewis, Peliti, Kehrer Verlag 2012
Holler, Enel Contemporanea – H+ 2012
La Linea Inesistente, Contrasto 2009
Dusha – Russian Soul, Edizioni Postcart 2007

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Arctic Coordinates, ILEX Gallery at 10b Photography, Rome, Italy 2015
Dusha +Icons, L’ Oiseau Gallery, Paris, France 2015
Borderline Empire, Kehrer Berlin, Berlin 2014
Spasibo, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, Frankfurt Photo Forum, Frankfurt, Germany, Rencontres de Arles, Arles, France, Museo Messina, Milan, Italy, Chapelle de L’ ecole de beaux Artes – Paris, France 2013-2014
Red Thistle, Officine Fotografiche – Rome, Italy, Micamera, Milan, Italy, Rencontres de Arles – Arles, France, VII Gallery – New York, US, Petite Noire Gallery – Paris, France, Freelens gallery – Hamburg, Germany, Castello Estense, Ferrara, IT “Festival giornalismo di Internazionale”, Museo Trento e Rovereto Rovereto, Italy 2010-2012
Dusha, Casa studio Morandi – Modena, Italy, Palazzo Esposizioni – Rome, Italy, Micamera, Milan, Italy, Rencontres de Arles, Arles, France, B gallery, Rome, Italy, Lucca Foto Festival, Lucca, Italy 2007-2013

Selected Collective Exhibitions

Carmignac Photojournalism Award, a retrospective, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK 2015
60 anni de L’ Espresso, Rome, Italy 2015
Spasibo, Kaunas Photo Festival , Lithuania, Tblisi photo festival, Georgia 2014
Harragas, Nobel Prize Center, Oslo, Norway, European Photography Award, House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany 2013
Red Thistle, Rencontres de Arles, France 2012
Ombre di Guerra, MEP, Paris, France 2011
Red Thistle, Lumix Festival , Hannover, Germany 2010


Spasibo, Shortlisted Best Book of the Year, Paris Photo, book awards 2014
Spasibo, PDN Best Book Award 2014
Spasibo, Aperture Portfolio Prize, honorable mention 2014
Spasibo, The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, best book award 2014
Spasibo, Foundation Carmignac Photojournalism Award 2014
Multimedia Nordic Odyssey, POY Multimedia 2nd prize 2013
Reversed see series, Awaking award, Tehran art project, Iran 2012
Red Thistle, European Publisher Award 2011
Milan Fashion Week –World Press Photo, 2nd Prize Art single 2011
Daghestan, 2nd prize Contemporary Issue, Sony World Photography Awards 2010
Abkhazia, 1° Prize General news stories, World Press Photo 2009
Israeli bombing in Lebanon – 1° Prize Spot news stories, World Press Photo 2007