Matteo Bastianelli (b. 1985) is a freelance documentary photographer, filmmaker and video editor based in Rome, Italy. He is a member of Italy’s National Order of Journalists since 2009. Above all he works on long-term projects related to social, environmental and human rights issues, focusing on the theme of memory and identity. He was a member of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent till 2014. His images and videos have been published and commissioned by a number of media outlets, NGOs, national and international magazines, such as Al Jazeera, Burn, CNN, Der Spiegel, Discovery Channel Interactive, D- La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, International Committee of the Red Cross, Internazionale, International New York Times, Lens – The New York Times, L’Espresso, L’Europeo, L’Oeil de la Photographie, La Repubblica, La Stampa, MSNBC, National Geographic Italia, Newsweek Japan, PDN, RTL News, Rhythms of Taipei, TIME Lightbox, among others. His projects have been shown in Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, The Netherlands and USA. He has received various significant awards for his work, among which PDN’s Photo Annual, AP32- American Photography Awards, Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, Canon Young Photographers’ Award, Italian Doc Screenings Development Award for best documentary, Honorable Mention from the NPPA- Best of photojournalism, finalist for the Emerging Photographer Fund Grant, Fotovisura Grant, PixPalace-Visas ANI and the Lumix Multimedia Award.


  • Souls of Syrians (in development)
  • MaldiMare, 71′ Italy 2014
  • The Bosnian Identity, 52′ Italy 2013
  • Home sweet homeless, 5′ Italy 2012
  • A silent scream for life, 5’ Italy 2011
  • Back and forth, 5’ Italy 2010

Awards and recognitions

  • FC Barcellona Photo Award, Finalist 2017
  • AP32- American Photography Awards, Winner 2016
  • Tokyo International Photo Award, silver winner 2016
  • Life Framer Award, Honorary Winner 2016
  • 5th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Multimedia Award Finalist 2016
  • Italian Doc Screenings Development Award for Best Documentary Film, Winner 2015
  • CineEco International Film Festival, Official Jury Honorable Mention 2015
  • CineEco International Film Festival, Youth Jury Honorable Mention 2015
  • Photocrati Fund, Finalist 2014
  • PixPalace-Visas ANI award, Shortlisted 2014
  • Doc/it Professional Award, Finalist 2013
  • Emerging Talent Award, Reportage By Getty Images, Winner 2013
  • Marco Bastianelli Prize for the Best First Book, Winner 2013
  • Vittorio de Seta Prize for the Best Documentary Film at BIF&ST, Winner 2013
  • IPA, Deeper perspective category, Honorable Mention 2012
  • Institute for Research Genocide, Honorary membership 2012
  • 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, Multimedia Award Finalist 2012
  • Fotovisura Grant, Finalist 2012
  • Gomma Award, Shortlisted 2012
  • IPA, Feature Story category, Honorable Mention 2011
  • IPA, Environmental category, Honorable Mention 2011
  • IPA, People category, Honorable Mention 2011
  • NPPA-Best of photojournalism, Honorable Mention 2011
  • Multimedia Photojournalism Award (MEI), Honorable Mention 2011
  • Sodalitas Award for Social Journalism, Finalist 2011
  • Freedom to Create Prize, Highly Commended Artist 2011
  • Amilcare Ponchielli Award-GRIN, Shortlisted 2011
  • Connect Slide Show Contest, Finalist 2011
  • Canon Young Photographers Prize, Best project, Winner 2010
  • Emerging Photographer Fund- Magnum Foundation, Finalist 2010
  • JFF -Blur magazine, Winner 2010
  • PDNs Photo Annual, Winner 2010
  • Foiano Fotografia, Winner 2009
  • Fotografia-Roma, 2nd prize, 2009
  • Fotoleggendo, 3rd prize, 2009

Clientsclienti loghi

Collective catalogues

  • 5th Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, 2016
  • Blacklie, Limes Images, 2014
  • 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, 2012
  • Metropolis, Noorderlicht Photography Foundation, 2011
  • Voices of courages, Freedom to Create Prize, 2011
  • The Dreamers, Foiano Fotografia, 2010

BookCOVER UK bosnian_cor2_Layout 1

The Bosnian Identity

ISBN: 978-88-86795-99-9
Author: Matteo Bastianelli
Graphic Design: Daniele Zendroni
Editing: Tiziana Faraoni
Preface: © Gigi Riva
Pages 208
English Edition | cm. 18 x 24
118 B&W pictures
Released: October 2012


Exhibitions and screenings


2016 – Souls Of Syrians Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalist. Hannover, Germany

2015 – Maldimare CineEco- International Environmental Film Festival. Seia, Portugal

2015 – Maldimare PerSo- Perugia Social Film Festival. Perugia, Italy

2015 – Maldimare Filmambiente International Film Festival. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014 – The Bosnian Identity Crime and Punishment Film Festival. Istanbul, Turkey

2014 – Maldimare Maxxi- National Museum of XXI Century Arts. Rome, Italy

2014 – Maldimare BIF&ST, Bari International Film Festival, Italy

2014 – The Bosnian Identity Solo exhibiton, “Bepi Savioli” Gallery. Riccione, Italy

2014 – The Bosnian Identity Solo exhibiton, Porta Napoletana. Velletri, Italy

2014 – The Bosnian Identity Artemisio Theater. Velletri, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Cinema Verite, Iran Int Doc Film Festival. Teheran, Iran

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Tagliacozzoinfilm. Tagliacozzo, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Umbria World Fest. Foligno, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Roma 3 Film Festival, Palladium Theatre. Rome, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Cineteca di Rimini, Interazioni Festival. Rimini, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Bellaria Doc Film Festival. Bellaria Igea Marina, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity Cinema Piccolo Apollo. Rome, Italy

2013 – The Bosnian Identity BIF&ST, Bari International Film Festival. Bari, Italy

2012 – The Bosnian Identity Fotoleggendo Photo Festival. Rome, Italy

2012 – A silent scream for life Bursa Photo Fest. Istanbul, Turkey

2012 – Volontariamente Cultural center Altinate San Gaetano, Padova, Italy

2012 – Volontariamente Collective exhibition. Bgallery. Rome, Italy

2012 – A silent scream for life Lumix Festival. Hannover, Germany

2012 – Volontariamente Festival Orvieto Fotografia. Orvieto, Italy

2012 – Home sweet homeless Solo exhibition, WSP photography. Rome, Italy

2012 – Volontariamente Collective exhibition, Casa Ildefonso Schuster. Milan, Italy

2011 – New European Romans Collective exhibition, Subway line A. Rome, Italy

2011 – The Bosnian Identity Noorderlicht photofestival. Groningen, The Netherlands

2011 – Back and forth Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum. California, USA

2011 – The Bosnian Identity Canon Award, Fiera Milano City. Milan, Italy

2011 – The Bosnian Identity Canon Award, FORMA Foundation. Milan, Italy

2010 – The Bosnian Identity Collective exhibition. Foiano della Chiana, Italy

2010 – Castles made of playing-cards Collective exhibition. Abruzzo, Italy

2010 – The Bosnian identity Collective exhibition. Atelier de visu, Marseille, France

2010 – Living quarters Chiostro degli Agostiniani. Bracciano, Italy

2010 – The Bosnian identity Solo exhibition, Officine Fotografiche. Rome, Italy

2009 – Una foto per Collective exhibition, Officine fotografiche. Rome, Italy

2009 – Living quarters Collective exhibition, Casale de Merode. Rome, Italy

2009 – Home sweet homeless Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Rome, Italy

2009 – Home sweet homeless Collective exhibition. Avellino, Italy