• Simone Donati


Apennines passage

Varco Appennino (Apennines passage) is an exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines, those hidden, remote, away from the clichés and chronicles that often characterize this part of the country. The work is a dialogue with the "Apennine Vocabulary" of the Irpinian poet and writer Franco Arminio, it develops from the often repeated phrase addressed to me too many times by the inhabitants of the small villages I visited: "There is nothing here! Why do you come here? "

Hotel Immagine

From politics to religion, going from music, sport and television, between 2009 and 2015 Simone Donati crossed his country in search of myths and icons of the Italian contemporary imaginary. This project, which became a selfpublished book in 2015, provides a glimpse into the Italian society with an ironic but also purely documentary look.

The endless tide

In Italy the hydrogeological instability is partly natural, since the country has an high hydrogeological risk and partly is the poisoned fruit of decades in which the land has been systematically abused: an emergency always less exceptional and more and more happening on a daily basis. 3,671 municipalities are within a high risk, 45% of the total. Only in the last 10 years there have been 12,993 problematic hydrogeological events, including six catastrophic landslides and floods with at least 50 billion euros of damage.


Simone Donati (Italy, 1977) completed the three-year course in photography at the Studio Marangoni in Florence in 2005. After an internship at Magnum Photos in New York, in 2006 he started working in the field of documentary photography.
During the years 2009-2015 his attention has focused on the political and social situation of Italy which resulted in “Hotel Immagine” his first self-published book. His latest body of work, “Varco Appennino”, an exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines, was published by Witty Books in Spring 2021. Simone was selected as one of the three finalists in the portrait category of the Sony World Photography Awards and received the 3rd place at the Ponchielli prize with “Welcome to Berlusconistan”. With “Valley of Angels” was a finalist at the OjodePez Award. His photographs have been part of solo and group shows in Italy and abroad and have been published in the main italian and international magazines. Simone is one of the founders of TerraProject collective, which has been working on social, political and environmental issues in Italy and abroad since 2006.

Florence, Italy

More info


Varco Appennino. Witty Books. 2021
Hotel Immagine. TerraProject. 2015


2011. Shortlisted at Fotografia Festival Roma, Voies Off in Arles and OjodePez Award for Human Values
2010. Amilcare Ponchielli prize – 3rd place
2009. Fujifilm Distinctions Awards – Merit Winners
2008. Chosen as one of 3 finalists in the portrait category at Sony World Photography Awards
2007. Honour mention at the Yann Geffroy award

Exhibitions & Screenings

2020. Virtual exhibition – “Security Landscape”
2019. Rencontres Arles official program – Arles – “Walls of Power”
2017. Cortona on the Move Festival, Cortona – “Non solo gol”
2017. European Parliament – Bruxelles – “Land Inc.”
2017. MAST, Bologna – “Un anno, quattro storie”
2016. DOCfield 2016, Barcelona – “Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man”
2016. MAXXI, Rome – “Extraordinary visions”
2016. MAST, Bologna – “A tile, some milk, a machine and logistics”
2015. Vittoriano, Rome – “Our history, 60 years of Italy in the images of l’Espresso”
2015. SiFest, Savignano sul Rubicone (FC) – “Hotel Immagine”
2014. Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza – “Wu Ming + TerraProject = 4”
2014. Cortona on the Move Festival, Cortona – “Land Inc.”
2013. Le Murate, Florence – “Wu Ming + TerraProject = 4”
2011. Backlight 2011 festival, Tampere, Finland – “Valley of Angels”
2011. Oulu, Finland – Northern Photographic Centre – “Tempi Osceni”
2011. Washington DC, USA – American University Museum, E.CO. 2010 – “Fuoco Amico”
2010. Rome – “Fotoleggendo 2010 – Italian Party”
2010. Madrid, Spain – E.CO. 2010 – Fuoco Amico – Ritorno nei Balcani”
2009. Dudelange, Luxembourg – Centre d’art Nei Liicht “Tempi Osceni”
2008. Shenyang, China – “TOPS World Photojournalism Festival”
2008. Cannes, France – “Palais des Festival”, Sony World Photography Awards
2007. Rome – “museo MAXXI”, Atlante Paesaggio 2007 prize