Francesco Di Benedetto is a photographer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Francesco was born and grew up in Italy where he earned a BA in Media Studies from the Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis in Cultural and Queer Studies. The core of his research was the analysis of a counterculture artistic project based in Rome that, by revisiting and distorting the mainstream culture of the LGBT community, gave birth to an alternative imaginary characterized by the use of new and unconventional aesthetic forms.
Since relocating to New York in 2012, Francesco has devoted himself to investigating the medium of photography, attending advanced classes at the International Center of Photography and at the Pratt Institute. Photography has allowed him to satisfy both his academic interests and his need for creative expression. This multidisciplinary approach has led him to develop a distinctive style strongly focused on storytelling, documentary and portrait photography. His work aims at analyzing our society and, by emphasizing aesthetics, at highlighting the poetic and dramatic aspects that permeate reality.
In November 2017 Francesco began working on a photo-essay titled And so it happened which consists of a series of portraits and interviews of people either living with HIV or on PrEP. Besides New York City, he also spent time in Baltimore, Washington D.C, San Francisco, and Los Angeles with the intent of documenting this crucial moment in the history of the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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