Mattia Balsamini was born on September 24th in 1987 in Pordenone, Italy.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where he began his studies at the Brooks Institute of California with a specialization in advertising. In 2010, he worked at David LaChapelle’s studio as a studio assistant and archivist. In 2011, after obtaining a Bachelor’s with honorable mention, he went back to Italy. Since 2012, he has been teaching photography at the Interactive Media Master for Interior Design of the IUAV University of Venice. In 2015, together with the graphic designer Lucia Del Zotto and the sociologist Gabriella De Domenico, he founded the Fernweh collective, with which he won the 99th edition of the Young Artists Collective Exhibition at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation.
He focuses his attention on issues related to the territory of origin, the concept of home and the one of work, seen as a factor of man’s identity. His images reveal an interest in people and their stories, the functionality of technology and the graphic elements of the ordinary.
Mattia is currently represented by Contrasto; his images have been exhibited at the Milan Triennale, the MAXXI, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Villa Manin and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco. He collaborates with newspapers and clients including: Apple, Esquire, Fendi, Financial Times, Prada Foundation, GQ, GEO, Icon, Mercedes Benz, Nike, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Wallpaper*, WIRED.
About ‘Future soldier’ – words by Mattia Balsamini:
In an undisclosed location in the outskirts of Rome, the Italian Army is testing new technologies developed by Finmeccanica needed to turn soldiers into live sensors on the battlefield. The project was shot for a commissioned story by WIRED Italy, that brought him to spend a day with the army, having the opportunity to give a closer look at the manner through which we will most likely fight in the future.