Fabio Ponzio

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Fabio Ponzio
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Fabio Ponzio in Saint Petersburg, Russia (1995)
Born (1959-09-11) September 11, 1959 (age 64)
Milan, Italy
OccupationDocumentary photographer
AwardsLeica Oskar Barnack Award (1998)

Fabio Ponzio (born September 11, 1959) is an Italian photographer, winner of the "Leica Oskar Barnack Award" 1998.


Ponzio was born in Milan in 1959.

He worked for the Italian and international press from 1980 to 1987.[1]

In December 1987, Ponzio "embarked on a photographic odyssey across central and eastern Europe and the Caucasus". [2]. He photographed Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Albania, traveling by car, "with a tent and a stove and a sleeping bag in the back of his car, along with three Nikon cameras and 100 rolls of film".[3]

In 1989 Ponzio was in Central and Eastern Europe to document the fall of the communist regimes. On 28 June 1989 he was in Kosovo to listen to Slobodan Milošević give the famous Gazimestan speech, which laid out the ideology and programme that would lead to the tragedies of the Yugoslav wars.[4] Following 1989, Ponzio documented the transition from communism to the consumer free-for-all that followed the first flush of freedom.[5]

In 2003 he travelled to Georgia with his friend, the writer Rocco Carbone. Thus began a series of trips to the southern Caucasus.[6]

In 2007 he was commissioned by MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo) in Rome to document the Italian landscape.[7] This project gave rise to a series of travels in Western Europe in 2008,[8] in search of the identity of another Europe.

East of nowhere

In April 2020, East of Nowhere, synthesis of twenty-two years of work, will be published by Thames & Hudson in the UK and the USA, and by Actes Sud in France. The preface is written by Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.


  • 1991 – European Kodak Award of Photography, Arles (France)[9]
  • 1993 – Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, San Francisco (CA, United States)[10]
  • 1998 – Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Arles (France)[11]


  • Ponzio, Fabio. East of Nowhere. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-54520-1. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  • Ponzio, Fabio. Città amara: Reportage Nord Europa 1977/1979 : il Fotogramma (in italiano). Il Fotogramma Centro Culturale dell'Immagine. Retrieved 28 October 2020.


  1. Ponzio, Fabio (April 2, 2020). East of Nowhere (1st ed.). Thames & Hudson. p. 155. ISBN 978-0500545201.
  2. "Les Rencontres Arles. Fabio Ponzio - Exhibitions". rencontres-arles.com. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  3. Adams, Tim (March 29, 2020). "The big picture: on the road in post-Ceausescu Romania". The Guardian. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  4. Ponzio, Fabio (April 2, 2020). East of Nowhere (1st ed.). Thames & Hudson. p. 14. ISBN 978-0500545201.
  5. "Winner 1998: Fabio Ponzio - LOBA". Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Retrieved April 3, 2020. It is a portrait of a society that hardly changed over the two decades following the upheavals of 1989, when market economies and freedom were big words – but words with little reality.
  6. Official website Biography
  7. Italia Va in Vacanza, MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo), Rome, 2007.
  8. Mormorio, Diego (January 1, 2017). Storia essenziale della fotografia. Postcart. p. 445. ISBN 978-8898391790.
  9. Arles Rencontres de la Photographie: L'Album des Rencontres
  10. "The Mother Jones Photo Fund Winners", Mother Jones, January–February 1994, p. 15. (Here at Google Books.)
  11. "Winner 1998: Fabio Ponzio – LOBA". Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Retrieved October 28, 2020. He first became interested in photography during a trip to the Balkans in 1976.

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