Lorenzo Pesce’s education as a photographer has taken him through some of the West’s greatest cities. After completing his education in Rome in 1992, Lorenzo spent the following decade between Los Angeles, New York and London. An interest in photography grew into a passion in 1995 when Lorenzo moved to New York, where he took courses at ICP and SVA.
He eventually became Stephen Barker’s assistant and went on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Lorenzo held his first personal exhibition, “Chiaroscuriamericani” in 2001. Since then, his photographs have appeared in The Face, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Seventeen, My Generation, The Economist, Time, Dwell and Men’s Journal.
In 2003, the year he returned to Rome and joined the Contrasto agency, Lorenzo was named one of the most interesting young photographers in the industry by the professional photography magazine, PDN At Contrasto, Lorenzo has focused on intimate portraits, with some of his most notable work contained in his feature story “Eurogeneration”, documenting the latest generation to come of age in Europe.
In the summer of 2006 he went to China to do a reportage on the daily lives of Chinese families. This project was called “Ikea Generation” and was part of a group show entitled “Beijing in and out”. The following year, Action Aid sent Lorenzo and his colleague Francesco Cocco to Cambodia to illustrate the book “La ruota che gira”.
In 2008, along with Magnum photographer Alex Majoli, Lorenzo participated in the Project Migrart, which was shown in Milan and then published as a book. Lorenzo Pesce now lives in Rome with his wife Giulia and their daughter Arianna, where he teaches photography at the American university of Rome, while continuing to collaborate with Contrasto and working on personal projects.