Raffaele Petralla was in born in Matera, in 1981. After graduating in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia he started focusing on social and anthropological issues.
In 2007 he won 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 worked 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 Lasha. 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 Marisky. At the moment he is working on a project about the reception centres for young immigrants.
On September 2012 his pictures are in the book “Vite insieme: dalle comuni agli ecovillaggi ed oltre” published by Derive e Approdi. On october his work in Russia is exhibited in Fotoleggendo 2012. Actually is focus is on under eighteen years old immigrantS in Rome and with this work he is in co-operation with “Rome,naked city project”.