I was born in Aosta in 1986. After a bachelor's degree in industrial design at the Politecnico University of Milan, I have devoted myself completely to photography. After covering Italian news, now I work mainly on personal long-term projects, reportage and editorials.

In 2012, I have been published on the book Mono vol. One alongside renowned photographers such as Daido Moryiama, Anders Petersen and Antoine D’agata. In 2016 I've been selected by the British Journal of Photography in order to be part of The Talent Issue: Ones to Watch and in 2020 I've been nominated for the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie.

My pictures have been published on national and international magazines and newspapers and my projects have been exhibited worldwide in collective and solo exhibitions.

My first book The Flood, published by Void, will be launched in 2020.

I'm member and coordinator of Prospekt Photographers and I'm based in Milan.







Financial Times, Le Monde, Internazionale, L’Espresso, Corriere della Sera, Wired, Gq, Die Welt, La Stampa, Sette, Rolling Stone, D La Repubblica, Greenpeace Magazin, Flash Art, Gazeta Wyborcza, Tageszeitung, AD, British Journal of Photography, Blow Photo Magazine, Der Grief Magazine, American Chordata, Black+White Photography, Annabelle, Le Mile Magazine, Foto Cult, Archivo Zine, Beyond, Il Fotografo Magazine, Witty Kiwi Magazine, Maison Francaise, Domus, Dienacht Magazine, Bad to the Bone, Shots Magazine, Diorama Mag, Pizza Magazine, Milano Città Aperta, Chrismon, Zero.






The Washington Post, Time Lightbox, Gup Magazine, Conscientious Photography, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, Dazed, Corriere.it, Publico, Vogue Italy, Photographic Museum of Humanity, King Kong Magazine, Fotoroom, LensCulture, Fotografia Magazine, C41 Magazine, Fototazo, Urbanautica, The Heavy Collective, Vogue UK, Lens Culture, Gomma, Aserica, Augenblicke, The Independent Photographer, Perimetro, Don't Take Pictures, Phases Magazine, Tank Magazine, Marie Claire Italy, Lines Magazine, Dodho Magazine, Emaho Magazine, La Boita Verte, Life Framer, Unless You Will, Bird In Flight, Fotopolis, Wayneford's Posterous, One Giant Arm, Everyday Italy, Monovisions, Mimik Magazine, Dry Magazine, Lamono Magazine, Fotovisura, Deer Brains, Swide, Devora Ran, Artwort, Mutantspace.


2020 - Solo exhibition - Balance, Marsèll Paradise, Milano, Italy
2020 - Group exhibition - Animalia, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2019 - Projection - Photo Is:rael Festival, Azrieli Sarona Tower, Tel Haviv, Israel
2019 - Solo exhibition - The Flood, Art Mall, Milano, Italy
2019 - Projection - Photolux Travel Photography Award Finalists, Lucca, Italy
2019 - Group exhibition - Now, for the Future, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2019 - Projection - Festival diecixdieci, Teatro Comunale, Gonzaga, Italy
2019 - Group exhibition - Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Sorakuen Garden, Kobe, Japan
2019 - Online exhibition - Embracing Complexity and Uncertanity, Photographic Museum of Humanity 
2019 - Group exhibition - Palm Photo Prize, Theprintspace, London, UK
2019 - Projection - Head On Portrait Prize 2019, Paddington Town Hall, Sidney, Australia
2019 - Group exhibition - Break a leg, Sugar Gallery, Fayetteville, USA
2018 - Group exhibition - Momentum, Comodo 64, Turin, Italy
2018 - Group exhibition - Switch On, Spazio OnOff, Milan, Italy
2018 - Group exhibition - In Vivo, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Heerenveen, Netherlands
2018 - Group exhibition - Momentum, Minimum Studio, Palermo, Italy
2018 - Solo exhibition - Farang, Galleria Quasi Fotografo QF3, Verona, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - God Hates Us all, Berg, Paris, France
2017 - Group exhibition - Immagini Indifese, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - La Ballade des Pendus, Plasma Plastic Modern Art, Milan, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - Conceal/Reveal, Photo Oxford Festival, Oxford, UK
2017 - Group exhibition - Capri: un’isola per la fotografia, Festival di Fotografia di Capri, Capri, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - Italianism 2017, Farnesina, Rome, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - Out of Tune 3, Santeria Social Club, Milan, Italy
2017 - Group exhibition - Buried Reflections in the Silo, Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival, Georgia
2017 - Group exhibition - Le 247 at What's Up Photo Doc, Paris, France
2017 - Solo exhibition - Farang, Le247 gallery, Paris, France
2016 - Projection - Angkor Photo Festival, Angkor, Cambodia
2016 - Projection - The Smell of Dust III, Photohaus Paris/Berlin, Arles, France
2016 - Projection - Photonic Moments, Month of Photography Festival 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016 - Projection - BJP Ones to Watch 2016, Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain
2016 - Projection - BJP Ones to Watch 2016, Photo London, London, UK
2016 - Projection - The Smell of Dust II, The Bizarre Bushwick, New York City, US
2016 - Group exhibition - Life Framer, Menier gallery, London, UK
2015 - Group exhibition - Life Framer, Oberkampf gallery, Paris, France
2015 - Group exhibition - Il nuovo vocabolario della moda italiana, La Triennale, Milan, Italy
2015 - Group exhibition - Life Framer, Think Tank gallery, Los Angeles, US
2015 - Projection and talk - Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine, Lodi, Italy
2014 - Projection - Circulation(S), Festival De La Jeune Photographie Européenne, Paris, France
2013 - Solo exhibition - Fabriek store, Genova, Italy
2013 - Group exhibition - Stupefy, The Apothecaire Gallery, Bristol, UK
2013 - Projection - Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France
2013 - Projection - Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2013 - Group exhibition - Padova Fotografia Festival, Padova, Italy
2012 - Group exhibition - Carnem, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
2011 - Group exhibition - Menotrentuno Giovane Violenza Festival, Tempio Pausania, Italy


2020 - The British Journal of Photography. Portrait of Humanity - Winner
2020 - Fotografia Europea Open Call - Winner

2020 - Prix HSBC pour la Photographie - Nominee

2019 - Fotoroom Open | Void Edition - Winner

2019 - Shutter Hub. Now for the Future - Selected artist

2019 - Photolux Travel Award - Finalist

2019 - Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival - Selected artist

2019 - Palm Photo Prize - Winner

2018 - Momentum by Minimum and Der Greif - Selected artist

2018 - Noorderlicht International Photo Festival | In Vivo - Selected artist

2017 - Conceal/Reveal. Photo Oxford Festival - Selected artist

2016 - Angkor Photo Festival - Selected artist

2016 - Photonic Moments. Month of Photography Festival - Selected artist

2016 - The British Journal of Photography. Ones to Watch - Selected artist

2015 - Conscientious Photography Portfolio Competition - Winner


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© 2020 By Francesco Merlini