Biography

Carlotta Cardana
Carlotta Cardana is an Italian portrait and documentary photographer based in London.

She took on photography while working as a producer in a circus academy and eventually moved first to Argentina and then to Mexico City, where she started freelancing as an editorial and commercial photographer.

Her recent personal work explores the issues of belonging and community, whether among young Italians living abroad, couples from the Mod subculture or modern American Indians. Her approach to portraiture privileges the subject’s experience and stresses the relationship between people and their environment.

In 2013, she was named “Discovery of the Year” at the Lucie Awards. She was also among the winners of the New York Photo Awards, the PDN Photo Annual, the LensCulture Exposure Awards and the Association of Photographers Open Awards. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.

Cardana’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world – among others FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, The Powerhouse Arena – and publications such as The Guardian Weekend, The New York Times T Magazine, Marie Claire, D Repubblica, Rolling Stone, L’Espresso, and GQ.

More about Carlotta and her work here:

Slate, The Young 21st-Century Mods of London

World Photography Organization, The Red Road Project

Fotoroom, The Red Road Project

NBC Universal, The Red Road Project

Awards

2016Honourable mention, Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize

2016Finalist, LensCulture Portrait Awards

2014Finalist, Call For Entry, FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma

2014Winner, PDN Photo Annual, Personal projects

2014Winner, New York Photo Awards 2013

2014Shortlisted, Sony World Photography Awards, Portraiture

2014Finalist, LensCulture Exposure Awards

2013Winner, Discovery of the Year, Lucie Awards

2013Winner, Association of Photographers Open Awards

2013Winner, International Photography Awards, People – Portrait category

2013Runner-up, PDN Faces Portrait Award

2013Winner, Lens Culture Student Photography Award

2012Honourable mention, Hotshoe Photofusion Award

Exhibitions

2016LuganoPhotoDays, Lugano, Switzerland (catalogue)

2016, Collection Isabelle Darrigrand, Landskrona Fotofestival, Sweden

2016The Fence, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Santa Fe, USA

2015The Red Road Project (solo exhibition), Fonderia XX.9, Verona, Italy

2015Flash Forward, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)

2015ImageSingulières Festival, Sete, France

2014Portrait Salon, various venues, UK

2014Call For Entry, FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma, Roma, Italia

2014Emerging European Talents, Officine Fotografiche, Roma, Italy

2014An Ocean of Possibilities | Subcultures, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Holland

2014Encuentros Abiertos, Soirées Fotograficas, various venues, Argentina

2014The Fence, Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta, USA

2014The Fence, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, USA

2014Best Photos of the Year, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia

2014MOPLA Group Show, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Basecamp, Los Angeles, USA

2014A Year in Development, Labyrinth Photographic/Four Corners Gallery, London, UK

2014The Eyes Collection #1, Galerie Intervalle, Paris, France

2014LensCulture Exposure Awards, London College of Communication, London, UK

2014New York Photo Awards, The Powerhouse Arena, New York, USA

2013AMPS: Photofusion Salon, Photofusion, London, UK

2013Portrait Salon, Four Corners, London; White Cloth Gallery, Leeds; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh; Miniclick, Brighton, UK (catalogue)

2013Association of Photographers Open Awards Exhibition, B3, Truman Brewery, London, UK

2013From There to Now, Learning Photography, MiCamera, Milano, Italy

2013New York Photo Awards, The Powerhouse Arena, New York, USA

2013156 International Print Exhibition, Royal Photographic Society, various venues, UK (catalogue)

2013Photofusion Select/13, Photofusion, London, UK (catalogue)

2013A Year in Development, Labyrinth Photographic/Four Corners Gallery, London, UK

2012AMPS: Photofusion Salon, Photofusion, London, UK

2012A Year in Development, Labyrinth Photographic/Four Corners Gallery, London, UK

2011London Independent Photography, The Strand Gallery, London, UK (catalogue)

Clients and publications


The New York Times Style, Guardian Weekend, Marie Claire, GQ, L’Espresso, D Repubblica, Flair, Rolling Stone, Royal Photographic Society Journal.

Filmography


Robert Downey Jr. (music video; 2014; co-director, cinematographer), The Van Houtens, Metatron

Official selection: Bornshorts Film Festival

My Sam Montana (music video; 2013; co-director, cinematographer), Alan Rossi, Ego Italy

Phone Box (short film; 2013; cinematographer), directed by Marcos Villaseñor

Winner: Best Short Film, Terracotta Film Festival
Special mention: London Short Film Festival
Official selection: Lakecity International Short Film Festival

Bottled up (short film; 2013; cinematographer), directed by Marcos Villaseñor

Official selection: London Short Film Festival

I Want To Tell You (music video; 2013; co-director, cinematographer), The Van Houtens, Face Like a Frog Records

Official selection: Raindance Film Festival, Timecode:Nola, Williamsburg International Film Festival.

As Seen Through a Telescope (music video; 2012; co-director, cinematographer), The Piatcions, Blame The Parents Records

Winner: Best Technique, PIVI – Italian Prize for Independent Music Videos
Official selection: Raindance Film Festival, Timecode:Nola, Williamsburg International Film Festival, The Smalls, BBC Music Video Festival.

Ivan (music video; 2010/2011; co-director, cinematographer), Leika Mochan, Discos Intolerancia

Winner: Silver Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival
Official selection: Chicago REELS, Tucson Film and Music Festival, Other Venice Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, HDFest, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Flatpack Festival Birmingham, London Independent Film Festival, Musiclip Barcelona.

Teaching

2010 Lecturer in History of Photography, Universidad de la Comunicación, Mexico City