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Alex Majoli was born in 1971 in Ravenna, Italy. He joined the f45 studio in his native city, working alongside Daniele Casadio when he was just 1… Read More
Alex Majoli was born in 1971 in Ravenna, Italy. He joined the f45 studio in his native city, working alongside Daniele Casadio when he was just 15 years old. In 1989 he became a full-time photojournalist and joined the Grazia Neri agency the year after, where he remained until 1995. In 1992 and 1993 he traveled to Yugoslavia to document the conflict there, and in the following years followed the strife into Kosovo and Albania. In 1994 Majoli dedicated himself to a long-term project on the insane asylum on the Greek island of Leros. This notoriously brutal institution, a former political prison, housed the outcasts from the country's psychiatric hospitals. Majoli documented the closing down of the asylum and the introduction of the inmates to island society, the result of the pioneering work of Dr Franco Basaglia, from Trieste. Majoli's Leros was published in 1999, as well as other photo essays on the closing of psychiatric hospitals throughout the world. In 1995 he worked in South America where he began his personal project Requiem in Samba. The project is now focused on Brazil, where he has traveled every year since 1996. He began work on another personal project Hotel Marinum in 2001, covering the life of maritime port cities worldwide. In 2004, together with Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin and Ilkka Uimonen, he conceived and produced the exhibition and installation Off Broadway, shown in Soho, New York. Majoli joined Magnum Photos in 1996 and in 2001 he became a full member. In that same year he documented the conflict in Afghanistan and subsequent conflict in Iraq. He continues to document conflicts worldwide for several major magazines including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, and National Geographic. Alex Majoli's books include: One Vote (Filigranes Editions, 2004) and Leros (Trolley, Italy & Phaidon, UK, 1999/2003) Read Less
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