Carlotta Cardana is an Italian portrait and documentary photographer based in London.
After obtaining a degree in Theatre and Performing arts and a photography diploma, she lived in Argentina and Mexico City, where she started freelancing as an editorial photographer.
Her recent personal work explores the issues of identity, belonging and community, whether among young Italians living abroad, couples from the Mod subculture or modern American Indians. Her approach to portraiture privileges the subject’s experience and stresses the relationship between people and their environment.
In 2013, she was named “Discovery of the Year” at the Lucie Awards. She was also among the winners of the New York Photo Awards, the PDN Photo Annual, the LensCulture Exposure Awards and the Association of Photographers Open Awards. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.
Cardana’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world – among others Noorderlicht Photofestival, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, The Powerhouse Arena – and publications such as The Guardian Weekend, Marie Claire, D Repubblica, Rolling Stone, L’Espresso, and Flair.
Parallel to her photographic practice, she works in the moving image as music video director and cinematographer in short films and commissioned social documentaries.