Alessandro Cosmelli


Alessandro Cosmelli is an Italian-American documentary photographer. He has traveled and worked in over 50 countries and across the United States during the Obama and Trump eras, focusing on issues relating to human rights, conflict aftermath, and identity.

More in general, Cosmelli’s research is inspired by the dynamics and forces that shape our contemporary society and the interactions between individuals and their communities in a globalized world.

Cosmelli has published five monographic books, including Oltrenero (Contrasto, 2009) and Brooklyn Buzz(Damiani, 2012), both awarded by Pictures of the Year International among the best photography books of the year.

His images have been featured in leading publications around the world, including Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, TIME, New York Times, L’Espresso, Corriere della Sera, and la Repubblica. They have also been exhibited internationally and broadcasted across major multimedia platforms, including CNN, Yahoo! News, RAI, and Sky.

In addition to Pictures of the Year International, Cosmelli has been honored by PHotoEspaña, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and the Tokyo International Foto Awards.

Cosmelli and Gaia Light are the creators of The Buzz Project, a multi-city photo-reconnaissance ongoing project, inaugurated in 2010, which represents a symbolic portrait of the contemporary metropolis and its inhabitants, as seen through the moving frame of a public bus window.

He is currently based in Miami.