Truth lies in memory. Those who have no memory have no life.

Gianluca [dʒanˈluka] was born and raised in a sunny seaside town in Tuscany. After eternal years gone by in the sweet languor of seemingly endless summers he moved north to study Slavic Languages in Berlin and Photojournalism in London. He spent the best time of his university years travelling and photographing around four continents and more than seventy countries. During his journeys Gianluca fell hopelessly in love with the complex geopolitical and cultural heritage of a vanished land that used to be called Soviet Union. After many a trip to almost every corner of the former Evil Empire he is now loosely based between Berlin and the Caucasus, where he spends most of his time engaging in photographic, linguistic and gastronomic discoveries.

Gianluca's reportages from the most diverse and remote corners of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe have been featured in major newspapers, journals and magazines around the world. 


Currently in Berlin, Germany
Fluent in Russian, English, German and Italian.
Getting by in Dutch, French, Arabic and Spanish.
Available for assignments in Europe, Africa, Asia and the former USSR. 



May – July 2014 Where the Mountains Are, UAL Gallery, London, United Kingdom

June – July 2014 Zwischen Stillstand und Gewalt, FiS, Heidelberg, Germany

August 2014 Where the Mountains Are, Dalston Gallery, London, United Kingdom

August 2015 Encounters Along the Road, Calafuria, Livorno, Italy

April – July 2017 Babushkas and Bazaars, Aroma Galerie, Berlin, Germany

April – May 2017 Weltanschauung, PhC, Capalbio, Italy

June - July 2017 Space, Littlefield, Brooklyn, NYC, United States

June 2018 Gute Arbeit, WZB, Berlin, Germany 


June 2014 Stalemate and Violence: Frozen Conflicts in the Former USSR, Heidelberg College of Education, Heidelberg, Germany

May 2016 Travelling Through the Wild Caucasus, Schropp Library, Berlin, Germany

November 2016 Eight Years as a Photojournalist in the Conflict Regions of the Caucasus, Department of History of the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

December 2016 North Korea: a Journey Across the Hermit Kingdom, Four Seasons Hotel, Florence, Italy

January 2017 In the Lost Heart of Asia, Schropp Library, Berlin, Germany

January - November 2017 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: Beginner and Intermediate Course, Berlino Schule, Berlin, Germany

August 2017 North Korea: a Journey Across the Hermit KingdomSchropp Library, Berlin, Germany


Regular article and photo publications in several journals, magazines, guidebooks and newspapers.

Inter alia: The Conway Bulletin (UK), The Guardian (UK), The Calvert Journal (UK), Russia Beyond the Headlines (RU/DE), The Post Internazionale, (IT), DJ-Mag (IT), Huck Magazine (USA), Decoded Magazine (UK/USA), La Nazione (IT), Il Tirreno (IT), Emerge Magazine (DE), Berlino Magazine (DE) C41 Magazine (IT), Float Magazine (UK), Freunde von Freunden (DE), Viaggiare i Balcani (IT), Reise Know-How (DE), Africa Rivista (IT), Il Tascabile (IT), Post Pravda (CA/GE), CTRL (IT)


2009 All Roads Lead to Kabul, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran + Central Asia

2009 Indian Shadows, India + Nepal

2010 Shades of Africa, Mali, Burkina-Faso

2010 Splinters, Russia + former USSR

2010 – 2012 Living Rooms, Hungary + Slovakia

2010 – 2016 Babushkas and Bazaars, Russia + former USSR

2011 Cyrenaica, Eastern Libya

2012 – 2014 Chechen SoulMemories of a Broken Dream, E. Europe + Caucasus

2013 Hermit Moments, North Korea

2014 Lia’s Dream of Apes, Rwanda

2014 Caspian Depression, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan

2016 Albania Mon Amour, Albania

2016 Tabula Rasa, Tuva, Altai, Mongolia

2017 Sovietscapes, South + North Caucasus 

2018 Traces of an Empire, Eritrea

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