Tommaso Bonaventura (Rome, 1969) studied Art History at La Sapienza University and Visual Arts at the European Institute of Design in Rome. Since 1991, he has been dedicated to long-term projects and explorations at the intersection of photography and text. His work has been featured internationally, and prizes include World Press Photo and the Sony Photography award. He is a regular contributor to various publications around the world, including “M” Le Monde’s weekly magazineVanity FairL’Espresso, Stern and IO Donna. His photographs have been exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums including Biennale di Architettura in Venice, MAXXI – Museo nazionale della arti del XXI secolo in Rome and PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan.

Bonaventura currently lives between France and Italy, where he also teaches photography, both university lectures and professional workshops.



Immediate surroundings, Ragusa Foto Festival, Ragusa

Corpi di Reato, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano

 If I Were Mao, Avesta Art, Avesta (Stockholm)

Holy Sfogline, Munich Airport, Munich


Fondo, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia

Immediate Surroundings, Extraordinary Visions, MAXXI, Rome

Immediate Surroundings, Spazio 32, La Spezia


Immediate Surroundings, Extraordinary Visions, MAXXI, Rome


Corpi di Reato, Italia Inside Out, Palazzo della Ragione, Milano

Corpi di Reato, Kunsthaus, Kaufbeuren

Corpi di Reato, Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Museo Riso, Palermo

If I Were Mao, Worth Remembering!, Galeria Asymetria, Warsaw


Immediate Surroundings, Monditalia, Biennale Architettura, Venice

Corpi di Reato – Tat /Ort, Zephir, Mannhenim

Corpi di Reato, Il Delitto Quasi Perfetto, PAC, Milano

Corpi di Reato, Laboratorio Italia, SIFEST, Savignano sul Rubicone

If I were Mao, Galeria Asymetria, Warsaw


Corpi di Reato, Le Gallerie di Piedicastello, Trento

Corpi di Reato, Galleria Belvedere, Milan

Real Woman Photo Shop, Fotogalerie, Wien

If I Were Mao, Paris Photo, Paris

Urban Story Tellers, Forma, Fondazione per la Fotografia, Milano


Corpi di Reato, ICCD, Palazzo San Michele, Rome

Cenere, MACRO, Rome


If I Were Mao, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm

If I Were Mao, European Centre for Culture and Debate,


If I Were Mao, Officine Fotografiche

Sony World Photography Awards, Shortlisted


Sony World Photography Awards, 1st Prize, Portraits


Paths of Faith, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen

Beijing in and out, Triennale di Milano


World Press Photo, First Prize, Arts and Entertainment

Paths of Faith, SIFEST, Savignano sul Rubicone


Eurogeneration, Palazzo Reale, Milano

Fnac Prize New Talent

Scholarship Marco Pesaresi