Davide Monteleone, who was born in 1974, is an artist and photographer who works on long-term independent projects, using photography, video and text. He focuses on social issues, exploring the relationship between power and the individual. He’s also known for his interest in the former Soviet Union and his publications include: Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, La linea inesistente in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. His projects have earned him prestigious accolades such as three World Press Photo Awards (in 2007, 2009 and 2011), the Aftermath Grant, the European Publisher Award for Photography and the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. He has created installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries all over the world, including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the Saatchi Gallery in London, MEP in Paris and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. In 2019 he was appointed a Fellow of the National Geographic Society.