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 with the Food and Agricutlture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) from where he retires in 2015. He has travelled to more than sixty countries.
He starts taking photographs in 1995. His 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; “Wrestlers and Wrestling”, a personal view on the world of Olympic wrestling (2006-2008); and “”La bellezza della memoria” [The beauty of memory], which deals with the artistic aspects of the way people relate to their dead, in the cemeteries in Honduras and Lima.
He has received international awards and has published various books (see the “Books” section of his website). His work has been exhibited in China, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Switzerland and Tunisia. Both the exhibitions “Atrapados” and “Wrestlers and wrestling” were included by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the “Year of Italy in Latin America” (2015) promotion programme.
He is “Fellow” of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) of the United Kingdom and President of the Italian Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society (CIRPS - www.rps-italy.org). He organizes "Distinctions Advisory Days" in Italy where he is portfolio reader.
© Olivio Argenti FRPS | 2016