Biography

Fabio Ponzio was born in Milan in 1959.

His interest in photography began in 1976, during a trip to the Balkans.

Europe, travel, photography, were to form the three main threads of life in the years to come.

2012 - Great Britain

In 1977 he made his first photographic journey across northern Europe,

travelling on a scooter.  Between 1977 and 1980 Ponzio continued his travels in Germany and Great Britain.

He worked for the Italian and international press from 1980 to 1987,

and also founded two photojournalism agencies.

1979 - Germany

1977 - Germany

In 1987, returning from a trip to Istanbul, he made the decision to embark on a lengthy photographic project in search of the other Europe, eastern Europe.

He set out on a series of journeys to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Albania.

In 1989 he was in the East to document the fall of the communist regimes.

1992 - Romania

In 1991 he was awarded the "Grand Prix Européen de la Photographie de  Arles" in France, in 1993 the "Mother Jones Foundation Award for documentary Photography" in the United States, and in 1998 the "Oskar Barnack Award" in Germany.

Year after year, Ponzio returned to eastern Europe, searching out and capturing the many faces and stark differences of the other Europe, in search of the elements that make up the shared destiny of the peoples of eastern Europe.

2006 - Armenia

2006 - Armenia

2006 - Armenia

In 2003 he travelled to Georgia with his friend, the writer Rocco Carbone.
Thus began a series of trips to the southern Caucasus. In the rough and desolate lands of Georgia and Armenia he encountered the furthest reaches of the European continent, where the ideals, traditions and aesthetic codes of Europe meet and merge with those of Asia.

2010 - Italy

In 2007 he was commissioned by MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo) in Rome to document the Italian landscape. This project gave rise to a series of travels in Western Europe in 2008, in search of the identity of a new continent.
Forty years after making his first trip in 1977, Ponzio visited and documented a considerably changed Europe; a continent that has become secularized, commercialised and standardised.

 

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