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"It is beautiful to take pictures "

- Alex Majoli

b. 1971


Based in New York, USA


Available for commissions
& assignments

At the age of 15, Alex Majoli joined the F45 Studio in Ravenna, working alongside Daniele Casadio. While studying at the Art Institute in Ravenna, he joined Grazia Neri Agency and traveled to Yugoslavia to document the conflict. He returned many times over the next few years, covering all major events in Kosovo and Albania.

Majoli graduated from art school in 1991. Three years later, he made an intimate portrayal of the closing of an asylum for the insane on the island of Leros, Greece, a project that became the subject of his first book, Leros.

In 1995 Majoli went to South America for several months, photographing a variety of subjects for his ongoing personal project, Requiem in Samba. He started the project Hotel Marinum in 1998, on life in harbour cities around the world, the final goal of which was to perform a theatrical multimedia show. That same year he began making a series of short films and documentaries.

After becoming a full member of Magnum Photos in 2001, Majoli covered the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and two years later the invasion of Iraq. He continues to document various conflicts worldwide for Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Granta and National Geographic.

Majoli, in collaboration with Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin, and Ilkka Uimonen, had an extremely successful exhibition and installation Off Broadway in New York in 2004, which travelled to France and Germany. He then became involved in a project for the French Ministry of Culture entitled BPS, or Bio-Position System, about the social transformation of the city of Marseilles. His project, Libera Me, is a reflection on the human condition.

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Alex Majoli

With his first book, Alex Majoli creates an intimate study of the psychiatric hospital located on the Greek island of Leros

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Upcoming Exhibition
Paris, France

Alex Majoli “Scene” in Paris

Alex Majoli
Feb 22 - Apr 28

Current Exhibition
Moscow, Russia

Magnum Live Lab, Moscow

Magnum Photographers
Until Mar 4

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2018 at Magnum Photos

Arts & Culture

ULTIMATE: A Chance to See and Collect Unique Magnum Works

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

Alex Majoli: A Place to Call Home

Alex Majoli


The Magnum Digest: October 19, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
Milan, Italy

Home, Milan

Magnum Photographers
Until Oct 28, 2018

Past Exhibition
Köln, Germany

Home, Photokina

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 29, 2018

Arts & Culture

Exploring Notting Hill Carnival Through the People That Make it Happen

Alex Majoli

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On Photobooks

Past Exhibition
Hong Kong, China

Home, Hong Kong

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 27, 2018

Theory & Practice

Invisible Cities: Alex Majoli Leads Students to Discover Milan

Alex Majoli

Past Exhibition
Tokyo, Japan

Home, Tokyo

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 30, 2018

Past Artist Talk
Milano, Italy

Alex Majoli in Conversation in Milan

Alex Majoli
Jun 7 2018

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Home, Paris

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 19, 2018 · Free

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos at Photo London 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until May 20, 2018

Past Exhibition
Ravenna, Italy

Andante: An Exhibition by Alex Majoli in Ravenna, Italy

Alex Majoli
Until Jul 8, 2018

Past Workshop
Milano MI, Italy

Urban Transformation Masterclass with Alex Majoli during Milan PhotoWeek

Alex Majoli
May 20 - Jun 7