io e patti

Professional Photographer

Alessandro d'Urso

Born in Naples, Italy I have been working as a professional photographer for 30 years. I am a pure portraitist, hopelessly attracted to the faces of people and the stories they tell, throughout my life I have drawn out the soul and true essence of my subjects via the art of photography. Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to collaborate with national and international magazines and journals such as Io Donna, Sette del Corriere della Sera, Il Venerdi di Repubblica, Moda, King, Sport Week, Max, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Stern, NewsWeek. Also shooting major advertising campaigns for clients such as American Express, Mondadori and fashion catalogues such as those I did with the Andy Warhol Foundation collection "Andy Warhol by Kultura" which gave me the chance to explore new ways of expressing my artistic emotion. My passion for music has taken me around the world photograping artists such as Bjork, Patti Smith, Pat Metheny, David Sylvian, Blondie, Luciano Pavarotti, Vasco Rossi, Paolo Conte, Miles Davis, Pino Daniele, Paul Auster, Ken Follett and many others. Travelling has always been my second passion, utilising it to explore the faces and souls of the people of other cultures, this is the driving force that has taken me to China, Japan, Palestine, Nepal, Brazil, Thailand, just to name a few of the wonderful places I have visited and from which I have drawn my artistic inspiration for reportage. Over the years, I have been represented by major international agencies such as Grazia Neri, Sigma Paris and Contrasto, my work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Rome, Naples, Paris,Valencia and I have also published five photo books. The release of ´My thousand artistic lives´made me a videographer, having directed among others, 14 video clips for the the late, great singer, songwriter and musician Pino Daniele. As a past lecturer on the History of Animated Cinema at the Institute of European Design ´I.E.D´ in Rome and a lover of animated films I am the creator and director of the prestigious short animated film festival 'Cortoons', which currently resides in Spain and is in it´s 19th edition. In February 2023 I added a new dimension to my artistic career, becoming a crypto artist, launching my first collection of artistic NFTs: 'BottegaDurso'. I continue to challenge my self by developing new ideas and artistic endeavours from behind the camera.