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 Marisky.
In 2011 his photographs are in the scenes of the film “Qualche nuvola”, presented at the Venice Film Festival.
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 Festival.
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”.
In the same year he makes a video documentary titled “Pomodoro nero”, 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”.
Pomodoro nero is published by Repubblica in the investigative report “Africa d’Italia”.