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Giovanni Troilo, Italy

2015 Sony World Photography Awards - Winner, People, Professional Competition


Giovanni Troilo, 39, was born in Putignano. He graduated in Economics with a degree on Geography of Development. Director and photographer, Giovanni Troilo moves between the world of cinema, television, publishing, and advertising. Troilo’s work has been published in Newsweek Japan, Der Spiegel, D La Repubblica, GQ Italy, CNN, Wired Italy, Wired UK, Wired Corea, Wired Germany, Ventiquattro, Wallpaper, GQ Spain, Io Donna, Flair, Sport&Street, Velvet and Urban. In 2011, he directed Fan Pio, his first feature length film, and published in Germany his first book, Apulien, awarded as best photographic book at the IPA in 2012.

Between 2012 and 2015, Giovanni Troilo directed three series of documentaries about famous Italian photographers and several documentaries for Sky Arte. In 2015 with the project La Ville Noire, he was awarded as People Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards. In 2016 Triumphs and Laments, his film documentary about the artist William Kentridge was at Rome International Film Festival and Coeurope was in competition at IDFA.

Giovanni is currently working on a new series for Sky Arts, on his second feature length film and on several photographic projects.