Francesco Neri

‘I find it very interesting to take photographs in my own home. I’ve discovered that there are no “significant situations”, but rather just photographs that become significant moments.’

born 1982 in Faenza, Italy. Lives and works in Faenza.

Francesco Neri studied photography with Guido Guidi at the Academy of Fine Art in Ravenna. In 2014, he became a member and tutor at the AA School of Architecture in London.

In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious August Sander Award from Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur of Cologne (DE) for his series Farmers (2009 - ongoing). Francesco Neri’s photographs are part of International public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; SK Stiftung Kultur Museum, Cologne (DE); MAXXI Museum, Rome (IT); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (ES) and Fondation A Stichting, Brussels (BE).

Neri has produced a number of monographs, including ‘Farmers’, (Hartmann Books / Fondation A / SK Stiftung Kultur Museum, 2020); ‘Trophy and Treasure’ (Snoeck / Stiftung Kultur Museum, 2017), and his most recent is ‘Porto Tolle’, just published by Hartmann Books.

Selected Exhibitions:
‘Di Roccia, fuochi e avventure sotterranee’, MAXXI Museum, Rome, IT (group, 2021); ‘Contadini e paesani’, Fondation A Stichting, Brussels, BE (solo, 2020); ‘European Photography Commissions’, Fundacion ICO, Madrid, ES (group, 2019); ‘Farmers’, August Sander Award, SK Stiftung Kultur Museum, Cologne, DE (solo, 2018); ‘Facing the camera’, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, US (group, 2018); ‘Red Desert Now!’, Linea di Confine, Rubiera, IT (group, 2017); 15. Biennale Architettura, Venice, IT (group, 2016); ‘Portraits’, Museo Casa Giorgione, Castelfranco Veneto, IT (group, 2013).



Financial Times Magazine: ‘Gallery, Photograph by Francesco Neri’, Baya Simons, 24/25 February 2024

Le Vif/L'Express, Francesco Neri ‘Prétextes paysans’, Michel Verlinden, 23 Jan 2020

Drake’s blog, ‘Three Italian Photographers: Marcello Galvani, Francesco Neri, Luca Nostri’, David Chandler, 16 Sep 2022

Aperture 231, ‘The Red Desert Effect: Contemporary Italian Photography after Antonioni’, Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Summer 2018