• Lorenzo Cicconi Massi


I remember Mario Giacomelli

A documentary dedicated to the great master of photography. The work of Lorenzo Cicconi Massi is an intimate reportage, a story in images and words that develops through the memory of Giacomelli's friends and of people who together with him have written an important page of the last fifty years of art history . Memories and anecdotes of an artist who indelibly linked his name to the great tradition of photographic art are thus proposed in a long series of interviews.

The land of the giant children

The Mthunzi center in Lusaka was created together with the Koinonia Community, a non-profit organization based in Kenya, Zambia and Sudan. It was inspired by the Comboni missionary Father Renato Kizito Sesana who is committed to saving street children and adolescents from the streets. The welcoming of children has since become the heart of the activity and that first home, begun in the 1980s, is today the heart of the center, where dozens of children live and try to build a future through acrobatic gymnastics. They are communities, they are a team, they are young people who are living and who finally have future prospects.


The project is a search for a synthesis between collective history and personal memories. In the double role of director and actor, I staged myself and the objects that filled my days in an attempt to sublimate the scary feelings, whether those of today or of all time; because, following in the wake of the tragic theatre tradition, only through representation can catharsis take place.


Lorenzo Cicconi Massi was born in Senigallia (Marche) in 1966.
In 1991 he graduates in Sociology, defending the thesis “Mario Giacomelli and Misa group in Senigallia”. He starts his research on black and white photography.
After a long series of short film, awarded in many festivals, in 2003 he makes his first appearance on theatres with the feature film “Prova a volare”, with the debuting Riccardo Scamarcio, Ennio Fantastichini and Antonio Catania in the cast. In the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the great photographer, he shoots the film “I remember Mario Giacomelli”.
In 2012 he takes part at the Altagamma “Italian Contemporary Excellence” project, portraying some of the most important Made in Italy companies.
In 2013 TOD’S museum foundation entrusts him with the realization of photographs about “handmade”; the Italian rock star Elisa chooses him as official photographer of “L’anima vola” tour, and the Marche Region designates him to photograph and film the places of religious spirituality of the territory.

Senigallia, Italy

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A Disegnar le vigne. Marsilio. 2021
In Aria. Capponi. 2018
La liquidità del movimento. Fondazione Capri. 2018
New Perspective. SilvanaEditoriale. 2018
10 fotografi, storie, anni, premio Ponchielli. Contrasto. 2014
Il Calzolaio prodigioso, Salvatore Ferragamo. Skira. 2013
Italian Contemporary Excellence. Rizzoli International. 2012
Lo stato dell’arte. Skira. 2011
Solo in Italia. Contrasto. 2008
Viaggio intorno a casa. Contrasto. 2007
Solo in Italia. Contrasto. 2008
Eurogeneration. Contrasto. 2003


2021. MFI maestro della fotografia italiana prize
2017. Scanno dei Fotografi prize
2007. Word press Photo. 3° prize “sport features singles” category
2007. Amilcare Ponchielli GRIN prize
2002. Premio città di Verona
1999. Canon prize, best portfolio

Exhibitions & Screenings

2019. “Racconti di volo e di danze”, Museo Civico. Foggia, Italy
2018. “n Aria”, Rocca Roveresca. Senigallia, Italy
2017. “Le Donne Volanti”, Palazzo Montecitorio. Rome, Italy
2016. “Le Donne Volanti”, Nori De’ Nobili Ripe museum. Ancora, Italy
2015.“10 fotografi 10 storie 10 anni. Premio Ponchielli 2004-2014”, Fondazione Marangoni. Florence, Italy
2013. “Il calzolaio prodigioso”, Salvatore Ferragamo. Florence, Italy
2012. Altagamma exhibition “The Italian Contemporary Excellence” triennale Milano, Shanghai and Tokio
2011. ParisPhoto with Forma gallery. Paris, France
2010. Anthological exhibition, Teatro dei Dioscuri. Rome, Italy
2009. “Quando il cielo si fa bianco”. Leggermente Fuorifuoco gallery. Salerno, Italy
2008. Grin prize exhibition, Fnac. Milan and Naples, Italy
2005. Treffpunkt Galerie. Stuttgart, Germany
2003. “Eurogeneration”, Palazzo Reale. Milan, Italy