Mattia Balsamini

Born in Pordenone – Italy. Balsamini moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where he began his studies at Brooks Institute of California with a concentration in advertising photography. In 2010 he began working at David LaChapelle's studio as a studio assistant and archivist. In 2011, after obtaining a BA with honorable mention, he returned to Italy. Since then, he has been teaching photography at IUAV University of Venice as well as photographing extensively technology and its sociological implications – focusing his attention on work as a factor of identity of man. Over the years he has carried out personal and editorial projects for institutions such as MIT, NASA and the Institute of Forensic Medicine University of Zurich. His images reveal an interest in people and their stories, the functional aspects of technology and the graphic elements of the ordinary. His images have been exhibited at the Milan Triennale, the MAXXI, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco. He is currently represented by the photo agency Contrasto.

Selected clients and publications include:

Apple, Architect Magazine, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Communication Arts, Die Zeit, Domus, Enel, Eni, Esquire, Fendi, Financial Times, Fondazione Prada, GQ, GEO, Icon, IL Intelligence in Lifestyle, Internazionale, Liberation, M Le Magazine du Monde, M&C Saatchi, Mercedes Benz, Moncler, Monocle, Nike, TIME, The New York Times, The Observer, Tyssenkrup, Politecnico di Milano, Puma, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Sky, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wallpaper*, WIRED.

Books and Self Publishing:

In Search of Appropriate Images, SKINNERBOOX, 2021
Work – Osservatorio Mobile Nord Est, Lettera 22, 2018
Cuore di Pietra – Sinaglossa, SKINNERBOOX Notes, 2018 The IL Magazine, Franchi – Rocca, Gestalten, 2016
The West Family, BOLO Paper, 2015
Una Storia Elettrica, Italo Rota, Quodlibet, 2015
The Best Family, BOLO Paper, 2014
Modern Portraits of Old Craftsmanships, La Voce, 2012

Selected exhibitions:


Marsèll Paradise – Milano, Italy
June 2021


Spazio Punch, Giudecca – Venezia, Italy
May 2021


Cortona On The Move, Cortona, Italy
July 2020


Photolux, Lucca, Italy
November 2019


Fonderia Napoleonica, Milano, Italy
October 2019


Ferrara, Italy
March 2019

Step, Touch, Kneel, Look, Rub, Grasp, Repeat

Page Blanche, Paris
November 2018

Available Resources / OMNE

Casa Giorgione, Castelfranco Veneto
October 2018


Corte di Genova, Prato
July 2018

Olivetti World

Istituto Italiano Cultura, San Francisco
June 2018

Lei non sa chi sono io

Leica Galerie, Milano
February 2018

Wow – Immagini dal Futuro

May 2017

Wow – Immagini dal Futuro

La Triennale di Milano, Milano
April 2017

Premio Friuli Venezia Giulia 2017

Centro di Ricerca ed Archiviazione Fotografica, Spilimbergo
July 2017

100ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia
December 2016

Passo Dopo Passo

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
May 2016

Elementi Utili – Show & Tell

T14 Gallery, Milano
April 2016

99ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia
December 2015

Typos, Convivio

Riva Grumula / Stazione Rogers, Trieste, Italy
September 2015

Food Loop

Boutek, Milano, Italy
June 2015

All Access Nowhere

Parco 2, Pordenone, Italy
May 2015

Vedere Meglio

Villa Manin, Udine
September 2014

Palinsesti - S(u)ono

S. Vito al Tagliamento, Pordenone, Italy
October 2012

Terragona Food Photo Festival

Terragona, Spain
October 2010

Arte Laguna

Tese dell'Arsenale, Venice, Italy
January 2010


Due Fiumi, Sacile, Italy
December 2009