Umberto Stefanelli


Italian photographer, developed his artistic skills in New York, where he lived for several years and where he began to express his creativity, with his very own personal style of photography, re-elaborating his images using innovative techniques. Following on from his experience in the USA, he discovered new horizons in Japan, with its colors and light, which conditioned a further transformation in his photographic art, closely tied to the magical instant developing of Polaroid film.

From 2003 to 2008 he held the position of Art Director at the "Orvieto Fotografia" International Festival. In 2010 he participated, as a speaker, at the "2nd FEP European Professional Photographers Congress" in Lyon. He collaborated, as a teacher, with public and private institutions and companies, including the University of Milan, the Rome IED, the MiMa of Verona. He also collaborated to several artistic projects with POLAROID, LEVI’S STRAUSS, L’OREAL, NOKIA, EPSON, GREY GROUP, YOUNG & RUBICAM, NIPPON TELEVISION, ZOOM MAGAZINE.

He was one of the first Italian artist to obtain the DIGIGRAPHIE® by EPSON certification. 

A selection of his work is included in the Polaroid Collection U.S.A., in the Brescia National Museum of Photography, in the Civic Gallery of Modena, in the CIFA – Italian Center of Author Photography, in the Lishui Museum of Photography, in the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art and in other public and private, national and international collections.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

March 1999: UMA GALLERY (New York – USA) - OUT OF FASHION 

May 1999: A.A.C. (Rochester – USA) - OUT OF FASHION

September 1999: YOUNG & RUBICAM GALLERY (New York - USA) - ARTVERTISING

October 1999: GREY GALLERY (New York - USA) - OUT OF FASHION

 May – June 2002 : SIRIUS AIDEM PHOTO GALLERY (Tokyo – JAPAN) “MAY 30th 69”

 March – April 2003: ICEBOX GALLERY (Minneapolis – USA) - SKIN 2003

 June 2003: ECHO GALLERY (Chicago – USA) - SUGAR & SPICE

 July – 2003 – August 2004: PIX-DO BUILDING (Tokyo – JAPAN) - “MAY 30th 69”

 July - August 2004: MONTEREGIO CASTLE (Massa Marittima - ITALY) - UN SASSO NELLA SCARPA

 April – May 2004: KIUNKAKU EXHIBITION HALL (Atami - JAPAN) CELEBRATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZOOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

 October – November 2004: NIPPON TELEVISION TOWER & NETWORK (Tokyo – JAPAN) CELEBRATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZOOM INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

 January – February 2006: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY (Brescia – ITALY)“…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Revelation 3,20)

 April – May 2006: SALA MARCONI – VATICAN RADIO (Vatican City – ITALY)“…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 November 2006: PALAZZO VALENTINI (Rome – ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 December 2006 – January 2007: CASTEL DELL’OVO (Naples – ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 March – April 2007: SCUDERIE ALDOBRANDINI (Frascati – ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 August –September 2007: CIVIC MUSEUM (Anzio – ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 October – November 2007: CHURHAUS WIEN (Wien – AUSTRIA) “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 March 2008: PALAZZO DEI SETTE (Orvieto – ITALY) - TEN YEARS OR A LITTLE MORE

 April 2008: BASILICA MARIA AUSILIATRICE (Turin – ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 May 2008: LE VENEZIE (Treviso– ITALY) - “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 May – June 2008 : ESPACIO VERSATIL GALLERY (Shanghai – CHINA) - ROUTE EIGHT 0 NINE

 September 2008: ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE GALLERY (Tokyo – JAPAN)  “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 October 2008: H.A.C. GALLERY (Tokyo – JAPAN) “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 September 2009: LISHUI MUSEM OF PHOTOGRAHY (Lishui – CHINA) - TEN YEARS OR A LITTLE MORE

 February – April 2010: ICEBOX GALLERY (Minneapolis – USA) - ROUTE EIGHT 0 NINE

 December 2010: DUOLUN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (Shanghai - CHINA)  UNNAMED ELAN, RELIEFLESS SUFFERING AND PASSION WITHOUT ANSWERS

 October 2011: AVVOCATURA DELLO STATO – SALA VANVITELLI (Rome – ITALY)  UNNAMED ELAN, RELIEFLESS SUFFERING AND PASSION WITHOUT ANSWER

 November 2015: EM NISHIAZABU (Tokyo - JAPAN) – A MOMENT OF INATTENTION GIVEN TO LIFE

 April 2018: AUDITORIUM TUSCANY REGIONAL COUNCIL (Florence – ITALY) “…I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK” (Rev. 3,20)

 February – March 2020: MUEF ARTGALLERY (Rome – ITALY) “pHOTogeisha one night stand in Osaka” As part of the Rome Photography 2020 Eros Photo Festival


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