Michele Palazzi





Documentary photographer






Michele Palazzi is an Italian documentary photographer.

Born in Rome in 1984, he gained a master degree in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia at 23 years old.  In the beginning of his career he has worked on the project Migrant Workers Journey recipient of the Project Launch Award 2011 at Center Santa Fe. Afterwards he started working on Black Gold Hotel a long-term project about the modernization impact in Mongolia, recipient of the First Prize of Environmental Photographer of the Year Award. In 2015 the project has also been awarded with the First Prize in the Daily Life category – Stories of the World Press Photo.  At the moment he’s currently pursuing his long-term project in the Chinese rural areas.  He lives in Rome and he’s represented by Contrasto agency.


He is the youngest photographer in Italy who has won one of the World Press Photo categories this year. Just thirty years ago, Michele Palazzi received the most prized award in the world of photography - in the Daily Life section, Stories - for a reportage on Mongolia's modernization process. Palazzi then entered the rose of the ten Italians selected for the Dutch competition.