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REPORTAGE AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY PRACTICE TEACHERS


Scott Typaldos


Scott Typaldos

Léonard Pongo


léonard Pongo

Scott Typaldos was born in Switzerland in 1977. He is a member of the Prospekt agency. Coming from a filmmaking background, he turned to photography at the end of his studies in 2001. His first active years were dedicated to diary and intimate projects. In 2005, his documentary on oil searchers in Gabon shifted his focus outside of his close circle. Since 2010, he has been extensively photographing and researching the topic of mental illness through his long term project called “Butterflies”. Scott Typaldos’s work has been awarded numerous times: The Sony contemporary award in 2015, the Swiss photo award in 2014, Barcelona International Photo Awards 2016 , Il Reportage photo award 2016, the Proof award 2012 among others. His work has been exhibited in numero countries and festivals around the world and been published in the Washington post, Le Temps, Il Reportage, Internazionale and Huffington post among others. His photographic career is shared between his documentary projects, his NGO work and the creation of a documentary and photojournalism school (IRDI).

Scott Typaldos’ web site


Léonard Pongo started photography in a documentary fashion, which he gradually merged with snapshot and diary styles. His long-term project “The Uncanny” has earned him several international awards and world- wide recognition. Pongo’s work has been featured in numerous and published in WSJ, The Guardian UK, CNN, National Geographic and several other publications. He was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2016. His work is also part of institutional and private collections. His photographic career is shared between his long term projects in Congo DR, his involvement with the Congolese art scene, teaching and assignment work. Pongo is a member of the Noor agency and a recipient of the Vocatio Grant 2016.

Leonard Pongo’s web site

Gaia Squarci


Gaia Squarci

Gaia Squarci is a photographer and cinematographer who divides her time between Milan and New York, where she teaches multimedia at ICP (International Center of Photography). She’s a contributor of Prospekt agency and Reuters. With a background in art history and photojournalism, she leans toward a personal approach that moves away from the descriptive narrative tradition in documentary photography and video.
POYi awarded Gaia’s cinematography and photography work respectively in 2014 and 2017. Her installation Broken Screen has been selected for the exhibition reGeneration3 at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. She’s an IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation) fellow and PDN included her in her Emerging Photographer issue in 2016.

Clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, VICE.us, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Washington Post, De Spiegel, Internazionale, Io Donna, Il Corriere della Sera, among others. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, UK, Mexico and China.

Gaia Squarci’s web site

Cyril Costilhes



Cyril Costilhes was born in France in 1977. After years of traveling and a brief publishing aventure with body hacker Lukas Zpira under the name « Hors Editions » in 2005, he felt ready to fully immerse himself in photography. He began experimenting with various styles and techniques which he incorporated later in his practice. In 2007 his meeting with a female to male transexual in a fetish club in London, led to a documentary on the underworld S&M, queer and transexual community. In 2009 he met Antoine d’Agata who helped him to a better understanding of the medium. He started working on a project based around a gay cruising pond in his hometown, Saint-Raphael in the South of France.
His work is deeply rooted in the documentary genre and process, while taking the freedom to pervert, mould and decontextualise reality to create sacred, impalpable and magical worlds, closer to the subconscious. End of 2012 was the start of «Grand Circle Diego», a project about his father’s dementia in Diego Suarez, Madagascar. Grand Circle Diego was featured in numerous publications and festivals and was published by Akina Books in 2015. The book received international recognition and was shortlisted for Le Prix du Livre in Arles. Since 2016 he’s been traveling frequently to Benin and Haiti following the Voodoo/slave route.

Francesco Merlini



Francesco was born in Aosta in 1986. After a bachelor’s degree in industrial design at the Politecnico University of Milan, he has devoted himself completely to photography. 
After covering Italian news, now he works mainly on personal long-term projects, corporate works and editorials. In 2012, his work have been published on the book Mono vol. One alongside renowned photographers such as Roger Ballen, Daido Moryiama, Anders Petersen and Antoine D’agata. In 2015 Francesco has won the Conscientious Photography Portfolio Competition with his long-term project Farang and later he has been selected by the British Journal of Photography in order to be part of The Talent Issue: Ones to Watch 2016. His photographs have been published on international magazines and sites including: The Washington Post, Time Lightbox, Gup Magazine, Financial Times, Le Monde, Rolling Stone, L’Espresso, Wired, Gq, Die Welt, Internazionale, La Stampa and D La Repubblica.
Francesco regularly collaborates with the agency Prospekt as photographer, photo editor and sales manager working with its award-winning photographers and renowned magazines all over the world.

Francesco Merlini’s web site

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