Michele Di Donato was born in 1968 in San Severo (FG) in a family accustomed to historicalizing with images the various moments of life. His father photographed everything with his Voigtländer VITO C and filmed in Super 8 with a Ricoh camera. When he was nine years old, Michele received his first camera: a Diana F. Since then he has not stopped "searching" for images.
He loves reportage photography and conceptual photography, he expresses himself in black and white, a formula more suited to his way of understanding the image. Do not disdain the use of color, always very tenuous, barely sketched, when necessary.
With his photographs Michele has participated and excelled in numerous national and international awards. A few examples: Winner at the 16th CHINA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXHIBITION 2016 in the categories "Documentary BW" and "ART" Colour with the portfolio "The Infinite Instant"; Gold Medal at the DOBOJ TRIENNAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SALON 2016 category "Child"; Bronze Medal at DOBOJ TRIENNAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SALON 2016 "City Life" category; Honorable Mention for the portfolios "Airports","Nightlife","No Places" and "Life in nowhere land" at MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARD 2016;
Honorable Mention IUP and Special Jury Award at INTERNATIONAL SALON OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY 2016, in India.
Silver Medal at TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD 2016, Book-Fine Art category with the "Metaphysical Town" project.
Bronze Medal at TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD 2016, Book-Fine Art category with the project "Lomo on the beach".
"Commended as Top 50 in the World" at the SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2017, Open Architecture category, with "Octagon" photography.
Honorable Mention at the 4th GOLDEN ORCHID INT. PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS USA 2017, "Fine Art" category with the "Fautographie" project.
Honorable Mention at the 4th GOLDEN ORCHID INT. PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS USA 2017, "People" category with the image "I'm sorry".
Honorable Mention at the 1st PABA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION USA 2017 category "People" with the image "I'm sorry". Honorable Mention at the 6th China International Digital Photography Exhibition Art Exhibition 2017 in CHINA.
He has exhibited in numerous group and personal exhibitions. These include the personal exhibition with the Non luoghi project, from 18 to 30 June 2016, PB Project, Cinisi (PA) and the exhibition entitled "Dell' immaginario, del Reale", Colorno Photo Life 2016, Martignana Po (CR), from 6 to 27 November. The last in order of time, in Italy, however, is the one done at the Mondadori Gallery, 20 May - 1 June 2017 with the project "non-places", Palermo.
Abroad he exhibited at URBAN16 in Warsaw (POLAND),
with Rapid Eye Movement; during the 16th CIPAE, in Zhengzhou (China) with the project The ongoing moment; at MIFA 2016, at ArtGallery NaKashirke in Moscow (RUSSIA), with the four winning projects (including REM and Nonplaces). During URBAN16, September 2016, with the Rapid Eye Movement project, at the Relax Cafe Bar, Zlota 8a, Pasa Wiecha, Warsaw.
(POLONIA). In 2017, then, in July in Lodz (POLAND) with the project "Naples" and in August in Budapest (UNGHERIA) with the project "I Siciliani" and at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens (GRECIA), from 6 to 31 October 2017. The last exhibition, in order of time, took place during the 6th China International Digital Photography Art Exhibitio 2017 in China, in Lishui, with the project "non-places".
His images have been published in numerous international magazines such as Reflex, FotoCult, Die Angst, L' Oeil de la Photographie and are to be found in many private collections and prestigious art galleries, including PUTIA ART GALLERY in Castelbuono, MAMECA PICTURES in Berlin, SINGULART in Paris and INARTE WERRKUNST in Bergamo/Berlin.