About Lorenzo Meloni
Lorenzo Meloni is known for his searing, artfully drawn photography covering conflicts in the Middle East. Though he is often working on the frontline—he has covered some of the most pivotal battles in the war against the Islamic State—he is also concerned with deeper themes, such as history and post-colonialism.
Meloni was born and raised in Rome. After having worked as an IT security engineer for several years, he decided to follow his passion for photography. In 2008, he began studying photography and was initially interested in documenting local gangs, rappers and raves. However, his focus soon moved to the conflicts in the Middle East. He worked for TIME magazine, L’Espresso and Internazionale, covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2009, Yemen’s rapid decline in 2010 and the Arab Spring in 2010.
In 2011, he finished his photography studies and immediately joined Contrasto, a major Italian photographic agency. He lived in Beirut from 2012 to 2014 and dedicated himself to long-term projects regarding the aftermath of the fall of Gaddafi in Libya, the conflict in Syria (specifically the area of Rojava) and its impact in Lebanon, between 2014 to 2016. His work currently focuses on the consequences of the Sykes-Picot agreement and the military and political intervention of the West in the Middle East.
Meloni’s work has been exhibited in festivals worldwide including the Venice Biennale, Visa pour L’Image, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Boutographies and Fotoleggendo and has been featured in global publications including The Telegraph, TIME, Le Figaro, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, L’Espresso, La Repubblica.
See a recent conversation between Peter van Agtmael and Lorenzo Meloni on Magnum’s IG channel
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