Born in Italy in 1955, he migrates at the end of high school to the UK where he graduates in Economics (University of London, 1981) and in Agricultural Economics (University of Oxford, 1982). He lives for six years in Ecuador and Venezuela and two years in Algeria. He returns to Italy in 1990 to work in Rome as an Agricultural Economist. He has travelled to more than fifty countries.
He starts taking photographs in 1995. His main projects include: a street-photography project “Traits d'union” in Tunisia; “Losers of a forgotten conflict”, a reportage in Azerbaijan and Armenia on refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh; a reportage in Peru “Atrapados [No way out] - Family violence and juvenile deviant behaviour in Lima” (2005-2008), which combines photographic images with testimonials written by boys and girls met in gangs, drug-rehabilitation centres, family houses and prisons; and “Wrestlers and Wrestling”, a personal view on the world of Olympic wrestling (2006-2008).
He has received international awards and has published various books (http://olivioargenti.it/index.php/books) which can be bought directly from the author. His work has been exhibited in China, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Peru, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Tunisia.
His work «Wrestlers and wrestling» was awarded the Associateship Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS - Contemporary) and «Atrapados» received the Fellowship Distinction (FRPS - Contemporary). His book “Atrapados” and related video are part of the Royal Photographic Society’s Collection held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
He is Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Organizer of the “Italian Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RPS.Italy/). He also organizes Distinctions Advisory Days in Italy where he discusses portfolios.
© Olivio Argenti FRPS | 2017