about

SIMONA BONANNO was born in Messina, Italy, in 1974, to a family firmly entrenched in the arts. As a result, her passion for all things creative was in many ways predestined.

After obtaining her artistic High School degree in 1992 she studied in Paris, at the Atelier Peninghen, ESAG. She received a Bachelor of Arts, in 1999, at the School of Arts in Italy, where she started photographing with film.

She presently lives and works in Italy and France.

Download the cv (updated on 4/2016)

 

incoming exhibitions

2016

 

The Mind's Eye

THE MIND's EYE - the Jules Maeght Gallery (San Francisco, USA)

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19th, 6-9pm

Exhibition on view: May 17th - May 28th

2016 kolga

KOLGA AWARD 2016 EXHIBITION (Tblisi, Georgia)

Opening Time: Thursday, May 12th, 8pm

Lekhaindrao Production. Former Silk Factory/ 53Str. Kostava

honors & awards

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The Mind's Eye - All About Photo | 5th Place Winner

Neutral Density Photography Awards | Honorable Mentions Fine Art/Abstract, Nature/Wildlife

Moscow International Foto Awards - MIFA | 1st prize Travel/Tourism

International Photography Awards | Honorable Mentions People/Lifestyle, Special/Travel/Tourism (2), Fine Art/Abstract

PX3 2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris / Portraiture, Others | Honorable Mention

PX3 White Competition / Abstract - Prix de la Photographie Paris | Honorable Mention

Kolga Award 2015 The Best Photos of the Year / One Shot / Geocell Mobile Series / Geocell Mobile Single | Finalist

3rd Zebra Awards / People & Animals| Finalist

IPA's One Shot: Home / Place, Person, Perception - International Photography Award | 3 Honorable Mentions

Moscow International Foto Awards - MIFA | 3rd prize People/Lifestyle

Annual Spring Photography Contest - Photographer's Forum Magazine | Honorable Mention

Kolga Award | Winner Geocell Mobile Photo One Shot | Shortlisted Documentary series and Geocell Mobile Photo Series

GoPix Awards | Honorable Mentions People&Animals and Landscape&Nature

IPA's One Shot: One World / Places - International Photography Award | Honorable Mentions

Grand Prix de Découverte - International Fine Art Competition | Winner Abstract > press release> interview > Competition website

Annual Spring Photography Contest - Photographer's Forum Magazine | Finalist

Rosso Piccante Contest - Massenzio Art | Finalist

IPA's One Shot: Spaces / Outside - International Photography Award | Honorable Mention

Grand Prix de Découverte -International Fine Art Competition | Finalist

International Photography Awards | Honorable Mentions People/Lifestyle and People/Others, Non Professional

The Art of Photography Show | Finalist

Annual Spring Photography Contest - the Photographer's Forum Magazine | Finalist

Rosso Piccante Contest - Massenzio Arte | Finalist

Amateur Photographer of the Year | Winner

Digital Photographer of the Year | Finalist Action&Movement

Julia Margaret Cameron Award | Winner

Julia Margaret Cameron Award | 1st prize Street Photography and Honorable Mention Fine Art Non-Prof

Rosso Piccante Contest - Massenzio Arte | 2nd Prize

National Geographic International | 4th Place People

Obbiettivo Donna International Contest | 2nd place Digital Editing

Premio Nazionale Massimo Piccione | Winner

publications

Books

 

Monografie Simona Bonanno e Luigi Broccio Fotografi

the Julia Margaret Cameron Book 2010

the Urban & Country Landscape BookAmateur Photographer (UK)

Catalogues

Kolga Tblisi Photo 2014, 2015

SNAP! 2014

Photographer's Forum Magazine

Best of Photography 2012, 2013, /2014

Art of Photography Show 2012

International Fine Art Competition Grand Prix de Découverte 2012, 2013

Lens Culture FotoFest catalogue 2012, 2013

  Grand Prix de Decouverte
Magazines

APOY

Fotografare in Bianco e Nero - Accademia della Fotografia (IT)

Digital Camera Bookazine Black&White vol2 (UK)

43 mm Magazine Issue 4 by Tzipac (USA)

Digital Camera Magazine Fotografare in bianco e nero - Accademia della fotografia (IT)

Fotografia Reflex (IT)

Il Fotografo (IT)

BETA developements in photography - issue 7 (AUS)

Fotoblur | Drome Magazine

Amateur Photographer Magazine - Issue January 2012 (UK)

solo exhibitions

2016 focale exhibition

"Chains of Silence"

La Bottega di Fotografia (Messina, Italy)

press release (in italian)

 

2013

focale exhibition

"Chains of Silence"

Galerie Focale (Nyon, Switzerland)

press release (in french)

gallery website

group exhibitions

2015 focale exhibition

FOTOFEVER ART FAIR

Galerie Charlet Photographies

stand A3

13-16 November / Opening on Thursday 12

Fotofever website / gallery website

2015

focale exhibition

"In the Mood - Photography and Everyday"

Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, University of La Verne (La Verne,CAL, USA).

Curated by Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw.

exhibition catalogue

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"Kolga Award 2015 Exhibition: The Best Photos of the Year" Kolga Tblisi Photo (Tblisi, Georgia)

"The Best Photo of the Year " Kolga Tiblisi Photo (Tblisi, Georgia)

"SNAP! 2014" Arta Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

"Femme" The Collective & The Collection, LaunchPad (New York, USA)

"Grand Prix de Découverte" International Fine Art Photography, Salon de la Photo (Paris, France)

"Hisptagram FTW" Copenaghen Photo Festival (Copeanghen, Denmark)

"Camera con Vista" The Collective & The Collection (Rome, Italy)

"Grand Prix de Découverte" International Fine Art Competition NoFound Photo Fair (Paris, France)

"The Art of Photography Show" San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, USA)

"Photo Contest Exhibition" Bursa Photo Fest (Bursa, Turkey)

"Fuoco… mediterraneo" Massenzio Arte (Diamante, Italy)

"The Collective & The Collection"Art Gallery (Bat-Yam, Israel)

"International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography" WPGA, Borges Cultural Center (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

"Camera Oscura" ArteOltre (Roma, Italy)

"Rosso... piccante" Massenzio Arte (Diamante, Italy)

photos & interviews

focale exhibition cnn POTD
 

14&15Mobile Photographers / A talk with Simona Bonanno

CNN.com / All aboard: Life on a cruise ship

Resource Magazine / Photographer of the Day: Cruise Ship Anonymity in Simona Bonanno's "Aboard" Series

University of La Verne - Campus Time

Sashay blog

Dodho Magazine

BETA - developements in photography - issue 07

Lens Culture

Meet the winners of the Grand Prix de Découverte: The power of exceptional photographs

La Pouce à l'Oreille - tv program - RTS tv - February 21, 2013

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2011 / Winner Interview

2nd edition Julia Cameron Award winners

Area Zinc

ClickBlog / Il Linguaggio delle Emozioni di Simona Bonanno

 

 

 

projections

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"Projections Programs of BIFB'13" The Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Art Gallery of Ballarat (Victoria, Australia)

"Photography Open Salon" Galerie Huit (Arles, France)

"La condition féminine" Salon de Riedisheim (Riedisheim, France)

works in collections

 

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The Collective & the Collection

works in auctions

2014 THE 2014 SNAP! Live Auction. AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Andrew Richard Design (Toronto, Canada)