Photography - IED Alumni Interview: Davide Bertuccio

The photographer is a IED Milano Alumnus. Recently one of his shots was published on Washington Post. Meanwhile, he is working on a project with National Geographic

INTRODUCE YOURSELF: the IED School you attended, the year and the Course you graduated in. 
I'm Davide Bertuccio, I'm a IED Alumnus of Milan, I graduated in Photography in 2016.

YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on. 
I'm a freelance photojournalist. It means that I produce works independently or commissioned by magazines. I'm based in Milan, where I collaborate with several people, but obviously I travel a lot for work. From a working perspective, I am focused on issues concerning man and his bond with the surrounding environment. In this regard, lately I have been following the trend of the new normal by documenting how humans are adapting to the pandemic. In the future I would love to combine my career as a photojournalist with that of a teacher. I would love to be present in the growth of a student.

CREATIVITY: IED means creativity, culture, projects and planning. Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
I chose the IED because I wanted to turn my passion into work. At school I learned how important it was to collaborate with students from other courses in order to improve myself as a photographer. I have always thought that learning graphics or videos was essential both to sell your work and to have a methodology in the field. All those friendships have now turned into real business contacts. And it's nice to find yourself working with friends. An example of this is my active collaboration with Jacopo Marzi, also a former IED student. Just recently we have created a multimedia work in collaboration with National Geographic.

Across The River's Flow

IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose the city you went to and what role it played in your student and future life.
I was already living in Milan when I chose to study in IED and I consider it a suitable city to work because it feeds on "perspective". Studying and working here is highly stimulating. 

MEMORIES: let us know of a particular episode during your studies in IED, that you remember fondly and is a moving or funny experience. 
I always remember with pleasure the first shots of my life taken in collaboration with a former graphics student at the time. I had just started IED, I barely knew how to use the camera and we had to make a homemade still life from a project of this friend of mine. We assembled a set with lamps brought from home, chairs. It seemed that we were about to change the world. We were delighted with the result. Today every time we meet again we laugh because in reality it was one of the ugliest works ever among those done together. Now he has his own agency and I have become a photojournalist. It's always amazing to think where we started.

Dove tramonta il mare

CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we're living affected your professional life? 
This pandemic has given me the opportunity to reflect and think about how to document this time. I didn't necessarily identify it as a time of weakness from a working point of view, but I decided to use it as a time to refine my research, both thematic and stylistic. So I recently made a book with the shots taken during the first lockdown (you can find it on my website) and started writing a project concerning the new normal, of which I have already made three chapters in collaboration with National Geographic.

ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
The only advice I can give to those who are still studying is to turn their dreams into goals. It's the only way I have to think nothing is impossible. The first question I ask myself every time is: "Where do I start?" and never: "I can do it?".

Il respiro del vento

MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work. 
You can follow my website ( and my Instagram profile (

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: what was the activity that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your thesis project?
I still believe that having your own authorial style, as a photographer, is something more. My thesis project had nothing to do with reportage. I had written a book on how man's relationship with the reality he lived was changing, I tried to give a new definition of non-place. Now that I think about it, my attraction towards the theme of the relationship between man and his environment, perhaps comes from my thesis project.

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