• Emanuele Satolli


War in Ukraine 2023

A selection of images shot by Emanuele Satolli during the war in Ukraine since the beginning of the year 2023. Most of the images have been shot in Bakhmut, which has an important political significance for both Ukraine and Russia.

War in Ukraine 2022

A selection of images shot by Emanuele Satolli during the war in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict.

The New Sultan

Since moving in Turkey, Emanuele Satolli has been working on a photographic essay entitled The New Sultan, photographing the historic changes taking place there under the leadership of PresidentErdogan. He uses a collection of black-and-white photographs to examine the current political, social, and economic turmoil in the Republic of Turkey. With these images, he shows how the Turkish President Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have changed the nation, inciting a wave of radical nationalism and promoting demonstrations of ultra-conservative Islamic religious beliefs in order to increase their political power. Some of the photos illustrate the views of the country’s Secularists, who oppose Erdogan and are devoted to the proposition that the Turkish government should remain separate from all religious influences. The New Sultan includes a wide variety of images that describe the conflicting and political, social, and economic climates of modern-day Turkey under the leadership of President Erdogan.

The Battle for Mosul

After a battle of approximately nine months, on the 10th of July 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally claimed victory over IS in the city of Mosul. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the city, much of which has suffered heavy damages. According to AP reports, between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians have been killed in the battle, and tens of thousands had to abandon their houses. They are the so-called IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). Amnesty International released a report, “At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul”, accusing Iraqi forces of violating international law all along with the fight. The government’s victory in Mosul may unleash revenge attacks and revive old resentments between Sunni and Shiites, a sectarian divide that tipped Iraq into civil war after the 2013 US-led invasion.

Gaza Border Killings

A six-week campaign of protests launched at the Gaza Strip has resulted in the deadliest days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza War. More than 111 Palestinian protesters have been killed and 12,733 wounded. Protests and military violence escalated significantly on Monday, 14 May, as the United States formally opened its Embassy in Jerusalem. At least 60 Palestinian demonstrators were killed in one day as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel. More than 2,700 others were wounded.

Krokodil’s Legacy

The Krokodil is a home-made drug produced with highly toxic chemicals such as iodine, hydrochloric acid, solvents and phosphorus. Those who use it shut themselves up in the house and engage themselves in a continuous cycle of preparation and getting high, reaching even 50 injections in one day. The desomorphine that is "cooked" is highly impure and has devastating effects on muscle tissue, brain cells and organs. In most of Russian cities the Krokodil is widespread in the suburbs as an alternative to heroin. According to local activists in Yekaterinburg more people died because of Krokodil than from heroin.

U.S. War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

Djibouti, a French colony until independence in 1977, is a politically stable nation that hosts the U.S. military base Camp Lemonnier. What began as an 88-acre Marine Corps outpost is now a vast combat hub, home to around 5,000 U.S. troops, civilians and contractors who train regional militaries, collect intelligence and deploy to combat zones in the neighborhood countries. The military base serves as a launching pad for U.S. operations against al-Qaeda in the region, especially against the affiliate terrorist group al-Shabab.


Born 1979 in Fabriano, Emanuele Satolli has specialized in photojournalism, after he earned a Master in Journalism from the University of Turin.
A frequent contributor to TIME Magazine, Emanuele works extensively in the Middle East where he has photographed such pivotal events as the battle to free the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS and the fall of the Islamic State in the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
In 2018, Satolli documented the protests in Gaza as the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
His base in between Milan and Istanbul, a city that provides him with ready access to the Middle East and a view of the social, economic, and political tensions in Turkey. Currently, he is documenting these tensions, which extend from radical politics to revolutionary turmoil to the attempted integration of Syrian refugees living throughout the country.

Istanbul, Turkey – Milan, Italy

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2018. Visa d’or Paris Match News – Finalist
2017. Premio Ponchielli – 1st Place
2017. Lodi – World Report Award, Short Story – 1st Place
2017. Visa d’or Paris Match News – Finalist
2017. Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award – Finalist
2016. POYi award ‘Impact 2016 – Islamic State Conflict’
2015. Sony World Photography Awards – Finalist
2015. Premio Ponchielli – Finalist
2014. LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism – Finalist in both photo and multimedia
2014. Kontinent Photography Awards Editorial/Documentary category – 1st Place
2013 POYi Magazine Editing Portfolio, TIME Magazine – 1st Place

Exhibitions & Screenings

2021. Photolux Lucca – L’Inizio del Futuro
2019. Complesso le Conce Fabriano – La Battaglia di Mosul
2019. Galleria Forma Meravigli Milano – Di Fronte a una Guerra
2018. Istanbul Sanat Fuarı ARTİST
2018. Visa Pour l’Image Perpignan – projections
2017. Gallery 46 London – Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation
2017. Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Palermo – Io Sono Persona
2017. Festival della Fotografia Etica Lodi
2017. Visa Pour l’Image Perpignan – projections
2016. LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph – screening
2016. Chennai Photo Biennale
2016. TOZ Artist Run Space Istanbul
2015. Delhi Photo Festival
2015. ‘Rendering a Nation’, The Nationless Pavilion, 56th Biennale di Venezia
2014. Festival della Fotografia Etica Lodi
2014. LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism