Raffaele Petralla was born in Matera, in 1981. After graduating in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia, he starts focusing on social and anthropological issues.
In 2007 he wins the San Lorenzo Fotofestival with the project “Jonny Bangla”, a photographic work about the double life of an immigrant in Rome. In the following years he works as director of photography and focus puler to several film productions.
In 2008 he is in Tibet to cover a story regarding the city of Lhasa.
In 2010 he works on a project, “The Strenght of Saharawi Women” in the refugee camps of the Saharawi people. Then he is in Russia to report the daily life of the animistic community of Mari people, the last pagans of Europe.
In 2011 his photographs are in the scenes of the film “Qualche nuvola”, presented at the Venice Film Festival.
in 2012 he collaborates to the book “Vite insieme, dalle comuni agli ecovillaggi ed oltre” published by Derive e Approdi.
In 2012 he makes a reportage titled “Pantano” about underage immigrants that live in shelters of Rome. This work is in co-operation with “Roma,naked city project”.
Also author of video documentaries like Pomodoro nero (black tomato) about a slum of africans in Italy that work in tomatoes countries in slavery conditions. The first version of the video, “Caponero,Capobianco”, wins the “Festival nazionale di video corto Nettuno”.The second version of the documentary called “Pomodoro Nero” is published by Repubblica in the investigative report “Africa d’Italia”. Pomodoro nero was awarded the 1st prize and special mention to Visioni Doc 2014. Finalist on RPS international 157 International print exibition 2014. Honorable mention on IPA international photography awards 2014. Bronze award and honorable mention on MIFA, Moscow international foto awards 2014.