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A camera is just a tool. The eye makes the photo

Gianluca Mortarotti is a London-based self-taught photographer from Italy known for his compelling street photography. In his work, he experiments with visual techniques weaving together abstraction and storytelling.

With his photography, he attempts to capture life in the streets and the connections between people that can seem strange and unusual. He explores these themes without turning down the intriguing presentation of street scenes or the visual appearance of images. His persona behind the camera brings out his life philosophy of looking for the exceptional in the ordinary and makes it visible through a consistent aesthetic that is both narrative and metaphorical in its meaning.


2023: The Independent Photographer – Editors’ pick in the Street Photography Awards

2023: Lens Culture – Editors’ pick for the category “Street”

2023: All About Photo magazine – 2nd place winner category “Shadows” AAP Magazine #30

2022: Paris International Street Photo Award – Winner of the category “Classic Street” Series 

2022: British Photography Awards – Finalist in the category “Street”

2022: Lens Culture – Editors’ pick in the category “Street”

2021: Life Framer – Finalist in the category “World Travelers”

Publications and Press:

Fisheyelemag - La ville de Gianluca Mortarotti, entre abstraction et narration

Perimetro with the project “FRAMMENTI”

Hintology Issue #1

Uncommon Studio with the project “Unseen Paths”

The Street Rover on the series “Final Farewell”

The Pictorial List gallery and interview by Melanie Meggs

DocuMagazine Vol.9

Book "LSD - Lockdown Street Diary" (self-published)

Book "Make it Red" by BEEX Project


2022: London Photo Show, London, UK

2022: Hastings Open, Hastings, UK

2020: Three Lands Journey, Delft, NL


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