Luca Santese (1985) is an Italian photographer.

He was born and grew up in Milan area. He studied at Monza’s Art  institute and at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan.  While attending academy he worked like assistant in Alex Majoli’s studio. 

In 2008 he launches and became a member of Cesura group. Cesura are a photographers group representing projects.   The concept of the project is to create a strong and independent group capable to work on quality and artistic research.

In 2009 he won Photolucida Critical Mass International new talent photographers Award.

In 2010 he was selected by the World Press Photo prize with the project “Detroit 2009-2010” and in the same year he exposed for the first time the project “Found Photos in Detroit” at Le Bal Space of Paris, to which followed exhibitions at Kulturhuset of Stockholm, at the OGR of Turin and at the MoCP of Chicago and numerous further exhibitions in many countries in the world.

In 2012, Found Photos in Detroit book was published. This book has collected seven nominations as “the best photographic book of the year” and in 2014 was put in the volume “Photobook: A History Vol: III", edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Parr and Badger consider the book as one of 200 best books of photography post world war two.

His work has been published in numerous international magazines and his projects have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and United States.

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