Marco Di Lauro was born in Milan on 31 October 1970.
He takes his first photograph at the age of 14, during a vacation in Egypt. His mother teaches him how to use the Olympus OM10 and frame his first landscapes.
The attraction he feels for beauty as the truest expression of every form of life (and its reason for being) leads him to dream of a future as an art critic and to study Italian literature and art history at the State University of Milan and to the United States, where he enrolls in a course in journalism at Boston University in Massachusetts. In 1995, he returns to Italy and obtains a diploma in photography from the European Institute of Design in Milan.
His decision to be on the scene at the most explosive armed conflicts of the 21st century is arrived at gradually. Between 1990 and 1994, Marco Di Lauro prefers using his Nikon to document the social issue of abused and abandoned children in India or the poverty of the inhabitants of Peruâ€™s Andes mountains. At the same time covers fashion shows in Milan and Paris as assistant photographer and working as a photo assistant-editor at Magnum photos in Paris.
In July of 1998, he pays his own way to the Kosovo, where he is one of the few photo-reporters on hand when the ethnic cleansing begins, just months after his arrival. His pictures from the front, selected every day from among thousands and printed every evening in a makeshift darkroom, meet with the approval of the Associated Press (AP).
After the Kosovo, Di Lauro becomes a member of the AP staff and covers the 2000 Jubilee of the Catholic Church from Rome. He moves to the city, serving as photo editor for the Rome office.
In July of 2001, he covers the G8 summit in Genoa, and in October of the same year, two weeks after the attack on Manhattanâ€™s Twin Towers, he decides to leave on his own for Afghanistan, entering the country on foot from the north, over mountains that reach five thousand meters in altitude. For the second time in three years, he finds himself in the right place at the right time: he is one of the first Westerners able to cover the fall of Kabul from the inside, under the fire of the troops of the Northern Alliance, who take over the city on 13 November 2001. On that same day, a Taliban guerrilla fighter shoots at Di Lauro from behind during an ambush.
In September of 2002, Marco Di Lauro begins working under an exclusive contract for Getty Images, covering the Middle Eastern conflict in the Gaza Strip and then he spends almost all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, documenting the American invasion and the drama of the Iraqi people.
Along with his wartime coverage, Marco Di Lauro is on hand for more traditional, though no less hard-fought, clashes, such as the Palio of Siena horserace and the battle of the oranges that breaks out every year in the city of Ivrea in Italy at Carnival time. He also covers religious events, such as the Easter processions in Sicily, the procession of the snake-handlers in the Town of Cocullo and the Easter Processions in Seville or the religious life in Italy and the Vatican City.
In all the stories he photographs, whether large or small, in Italy, Peru, India, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Gaza, Egypt, Kenya, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Uganda, Chad, Sudan, Jordan, Bosnia, Spain and West Bank, Marco Di Lauro always attempts to capture the sacred side of life and its deeper meaning.
International News, Conflicts, Religion and Social Issues Reportage, Photojournalism
In the last 10 years is work appeared in all the main publications including:
Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times,Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Fortune, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Irish times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Paris Match, Le Monde, Nouvel Observateur, Lexpress, Liberation, Internazionale, Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, Panorama, Lâ€™espresso, Elmundo, El Pais
2002- World Press photo Award 2nd Prize
2004- Antonio Russo Award for War Reportage
2005 – Editor & Publisher Photo of the Year Award
2005 â€“ Gran Premio Nazionale di Fotografia, Benevento
2006 – The China International Press Photo Contest, Picture of the year Award
2006 – The China International Press Photo Contest, Gold Medal Award in the category of War & Disaster News Stories with â€œWar in Lebanonâ€
2006 – The China International Press Photo Contest, Honorable Mention in the category of War & Disaster News Stories
2007 – PDN’s (Photo District News) Photography Annual Photo Journalism category Award
2007- IPA, International Photography Award,1st place Editorial/Feature story
2007- IPA, International Photography Award, Honorable Mention, Editorial Feature story
2007- Communication Arts, Award of Excellence
2007- DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award, Special Prize by jury with â€œThe war in Lebanonâ€
2007 â€“ PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, 3rd palce in the Human Condition Award with â€œChad Refugeesâ€
2008- The First International Biennial of Photography in The Islamic World in Thehran â€œCollection Photo, Superior Photographers" Award withâ€ The consequences of the wars in Afghanistan,Iraq and Lebanonâ€
2008 – IPA, International Photography Award, , Editorial/War,Conflict 2nd place
2008 – IPA, International Photography Award, Editorial/War,Conflict 3rd place
2008 – PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention in the Feature Story category award with â€œChad Refugeesâ€
2008 – PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention in the General News category award with â€œBritish Troops in Afghanistanâ€
2008 – PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention in the Feature Story category award with â€œKosovo Divided Soulâ€
2009 – FIOF Professional Photography Awards Orvieto 2009, Bronze Award, reportage category.
2009 – FIOF Professional Photography Awards Orvieto 2009, Bronze Award, portrait category with â€œThe Good Will Ambassador Angelina Jolieâ€
2009 – American Photography 25 Anniversary Annual with â€œBritish Troops in Afghanistanâ€
2009 – PDN’s (Photo District News) Photography Annual Photo Journalism category Award with â€œBritish Troops in Afghanistanâ€
2009 – PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2nd palce in the Photojournalism – People/Personality category award with â€œThe Good Will Ambassador Angelina Jolieâ€
2001 â€“ Italy, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni â€œAfghanistan Fermo Immagineâ€
2002 â€“ United States, New York, George Eastman House â€œAfghanistanâ€
2003 â€“ United Kingdom, London, Proud Gallery, â€œIraqâ€
2007 â€“ United States, San Francisco, Academy of Art University â€œOnly Human, a photographic narrative of the shared human experienceâ€
2007- Switzerland, Zurich, Kunsthaus Glarus "Photographers in Conflictâ€
2008- Iran, Tehran, The First International Biennial of Photography in The Islamic World – “The consequences of the wars in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan from 2001 to 2006”.
2002 â€“ Italy, Milan, UNUCI (National Union of Retired Military Officers), Afghanistan, La Speranza di un nuovo volto.
2008 â€“ Italy, Rome, Rome International Photo Festival "Fotografiaâ€ Mo.Ca studio â€“ â€œCasualties of the Namelessâ€ Exhibition about civilian victims of the Coalition bombing campaign in Afghanistan.
2008 â€“ Italy, Foiano della Chiana, Foianofotografia2008 Photo festival, â€œCasualties of the Namelessâ€ Exhibition about civilian victims of the Coalition bombing campaign in Afghanistan.