Luca Massaro is an artist and photographer working with Images and Words.
His projects have been published internationally (FOAM, Aperture, Purple, M Le Monde, i-D, Danilo Montanari, Skinnerboox, Art Paper Editions) and exhibited in collective and solo exhibitions: among others, the Italian Cultural Institute (Montevideo), Viasaterna (Milan), MAR Museum (Ravenna), Museo Degli Eremitani (Padova), BACO Contemporary Art (Bergamo), Peckham 24 (London), Matèria (Roma), Printed Matter (New York), Photo Weekend (Dusseldorf), Triennale Museum (Milano), Palazzo Del Governatore (Parma Europe Culture Capital), Fotografia Europea Festival (Reggio Emilia). His work is present in private and institutional collections, such as Regione Emilia Romagna, Benetton Foundation (Nascimben Prize), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montevideo and recently won the public commission Triennale Museum x Gibellina Images.
From 2020 he is represented by Viasaterna, in which he will present his second exhibition with the gallery, consisting of images and sculptures taken from the book "Dizionario Vol.1" (2012-2022) published in November 2022 by Art Paper Editions.


My work focuses on the invisible space that separates an image from its caption, photographs from words, in their different forms of production, translation and transmission.

I’m interested in the intrinsic duality of the photo-graphic medium, and its tie to the performative construction of identities. I’m looking for possible convergences between the new uses of photography and the long tradition of image-text interplay, the creation of a cohesive body of work and its decontextualization by internet distribution and immediacy.

Via photographs, words, sculptures, artist books, and through advertising techniques of manipulation borrowed from the urban and online accelerated mediascape – as the proliferation of backlit devices, the repetition of graphic logos and leitmotifs –, my work is an open research on the paradoxes of language, a portrait of the conflicting hybridization of iconotexts today, questioning the cultural, social and political value of the images that stick to our psyche and shared worldview.



Degree in Literatures, Communication, Media at Università Cattolica Milano and Université Sorbonne Paris IV
Thesis: “Foto Grafia - il rapporto tra immagine fotografica e parola nell'era contemporanea, dalle arti visive alla comunicazione” 


Foto Grafia - Danilo Montanari Editore, 2015


L'Aquila e La Rana - Gluqbar Editions, 2014
Ukiyo-e - Edizioni PulcinoElefante, 2014
Ukiyo-e -, 2013



Metafotografia Vol.2 - Skinnerboox (curated by Mauro Zanchi & Sara Benaglia)
222 Artisti Emergenti Su Cui Investire 2021 - Exibart Edition (curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi)
Looking On - MAR Museum (curated by Osservatorio Fotografico)
2016 Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana - Viasaterna (curated by Fantom)


Aperture PhotoBookReview, D La Repubblica, FOAM Magazine, Flash Art, InsideArt, M Le Monde, Purple Magazine, Rivista Studio, Rolling Stone, Sali & Tabacchi..


AnOther, Aperture, Artribune, ATP, Bullett, Creative Review, Dazed, Domus, Flash Art, Fotocrazia Blog LaRepubblica, Generazione Critica, HERO, i-D, Lampoon, Living Corriere, M Le Monde, Paper Journal, Rolling Stone, SPBH, VICE,, W Magazine, YET,



See Both Sides - Viasaterna Milano
The White Room The Black Room - Spazio Duale Roma
Darkroom - Centrale Festival (curated by Marco Paltrinieri)


Gluqbar - Chiostri di San Domenico Reggio Emilia (curated by Daniele De Luigi and Ilaria Campioli)

COMME des GRENOUILLES - Edicola Radetzky Milano
La Tendenza - Marsèlleria Milano


Seeing Double - Metronom Modena 


Foto Grafia – F4 Festival Treviso/Pieve di Soligo (curated by Carlo Sala and Gianpaolo Arena)
Quasi-Quasi – Matèria Gallery Roma (2 days installation)



Emergenze Contemporanee, Museo della Città di Rimini
Abbecedario Fotografico, 
Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì
Viasaterna Milano


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, IIC Montevideo Uruguay
Photo London 2021 Viasaterna Digital Booth 
Abecedario d’Artista, 
Palazzo del Governatore Parma
Premio Fabbri,
Villa Brandolini Treviso


Photo Open Up, Museo Degli Eremitani / Cappella Degli Scrovegni Padova (curated by Carlo Sala)
Metafotografia, BACO Arte Contemporanea (curated by Mauro Zanchi & Sara Benaglia)
Spazio Libero Public Billboards Reggio Emilia (curated by Ilaria Campioli & Daniele De Luigi) 


Centrale, The Others Fair Torino (curated by Luca Panaro)
Future Shock, Fonderia Napoleonica (curated by Francesca Marani & Marco Gehlhar)
Dancing in Peckham, Peckham 24 (slideshow selected by Photoworks UK, Webber Gallery & Der Greif)

Looking On, Sguardi e Prospettive sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana, MAR Museum (curated by Federica Chiocchetti,

project by Osservatorio Fotografico)


Confotografia - Triennale di Milano
Mōmentum - Minimum, Comodo64 / Nesxt / Torino
Comrade Animal - Villa Vertua Milano 

(Gluqbar – curated by Parasite 2.0)

Telemarket, Gluqbar - Photo Week Milano

Mōmentum, Mo[t]us Operandi - Minimum Manifesta collaterals, Palermo (curated by Minimum, selected by Marina Paulenka)

Retina, Gluqbar, Milano


Finissage, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milano
Narrativa / Visual Essays, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milano
Premio Francesco Fabbri, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo


Sideways, Palazzo Casotti Fotografia Europea Festival Reggio Emilia (curated by Daniele De Luigi & Ilaria Campioli)
2016 On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna publishing selection (curated by Fantom)
Last but not least New Italian Photobooks, JEST Torino


Little Big Press, FotoGrafia Festival, MACRO Roma (curated by Tre Terzi)
On Landscape #2, Matèria Gallery Rome (book selection)


Uno Sguardo Lento, MIA (curated by Danilo Montanari)
Confotografia Travelling exhibitions, Urban Center Bologna, Scuola Architettura Siracusa, Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma
Premio Francesco Fabbri, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo
Premio Nascimben, Fondazione Benetton Treviso (curated by Carlo Sale and Gianpaolo Arena)
Confotografia, SI Fest #23 Savignano
Fotografia e Parola Premio Prina, Galleria Ghiggini Varese
Fotografia e Parola Premio Prina, Triennale Milano
Mo(nu)ment, ARCI Fotografia Europea OFF, Reggio Emilia
Ukiyo-e, Free is Free, Galerie du Point Ephémère, Paris


Triennale x Gibellina Images Public Commission 2022
Energie Diffuse Grant Reggio Emilia 2019
Cosmos Award shortlist, Rencontres Arles 2018
Metronom Summer Residency - "Seeing Double" 2017
Premio Francesco Fabbri - Shortlisted,  2016
Giovani Artisti Italiani - Fotografia Europea, 2016
Portfolio Review Düsseldorf - Shortlisted, 2016
Premio Francesco Fabbri - Shortlisted, 2014
Premio Nascimben - Winner U25 Prize, 2014
Premio Prina @ Triennale - Shortlisted, 2014
Confotografia, Residency - L'Aquila, 2013
Urban Center Nuoro, Residency - Nuoro, 2012


Triennale Museum - Tonight We Are Young
Gluqbar Studio Talks -
Various Workshops
Roche Portrait Photography -
Workshop Immagine-Parola - 
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montevideo
Viasaterna Milano - in conversation with Federica Chiocchetti
Vietnik Workshop & Book Launch - Chiostri Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia LiveStudio #3 - Galleria Civica Modena x Metronom, Februrary 2017
2016 - On New Italian Photography / Publishing - Viasaterna Milano
The Life of Vietnik - NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, February 2016
Foto Grafia - Università de L'Aquila, September 2013
Foto Grafia - Urban Center di Nuoro, November 2012


A Cold Wall, Adidas, Alla Carta,, Aperture, Dazed Digital, D La Repubblica, FOAM, GQ, i-D, M Le Monde, Max Mara Group, PIG Quarterly, Purple Magazine, Retrosuperfuture, Rivista Studio, Rolling Stone, Sali & Tabacchi, Vice, Vogue, W Magazine


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Montevideo
Collezione Regione Emilia Romagna Arte Contemporanea
Premio Nascimben Fondazione Benetton
Private Collections
Enquire @ Viasaterna


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