Letizia Battaglia was born in Palermo in 1935. She has three daughters.

She started photographing in Milan in 1971. From 1974 to 1991 she was photography director of the daily newspaper,  L’Ora.

In 1985, Letizia Battaglia became the first European and the first woman to receive the W. Eugene Smith Award for social photography (New York) and in 1999 she was honored with Mother Jones’ Lifetime Achievement Award (San Francisco). In 2007 she was awarded the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize by the German Society for Photography (DGPh) (Cologne), and in May 2009 she won the Cornell Capa Infinity Award at the International Center of Photography (New York).

Letizia Battaglia is a film director, an environmentalist, editor for Edizioni della Battaglia and served as local councellor for the Green Party with Leoluca Orlando’s administration during the period known as the “Spirit of Palermo” and as a member of Sicily’s Regional Assembly. She participated in the creation of the “Giuseppe Impastato” documentation centre and co-founded Mezzocielo, a bi-monthly journal made only by women.

Letizia Battaglia has been included in the list of 1000 women candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize and has been nominated by the PeaceWomen Across the Globe.


Her photographs are exhibited all over the world.