Simone Donati (Italy, 1977) completed the three-year course in photography at the Studio Marangoni in Florence in 2005. After an internship at Magnum Photos in New York, in 2006 he started working in the field of documentary photography.
During the years 2009-2015 his attention has focused on the political and social situation of Italy which resulted in "Hotel Immagine" his first self-published book. His latest body of work, “Varco Appennino”, an exploration of the inner areas of the Italian Southern Apennines, has been released by Witty Books in 2021.
Simone was selected as one of the three finalists in the portrait category of the Sony World Photography Awards and received the 3rd place at the Ponchielli prize with “Welcome to Berlusconistan”. With "Valley of Angels" was a finalist at the OjodePez Award.
His photographs have been part of solo and group shows in Italy and abroad and have been published in the main italian and international magazines, among which Der Spiegel, D - La Repubblica, Geo, IL, Internazionale, Io Donna, L’Espresso, Le Monde Magazine, Monocle, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Panorama, Sette and Vanity Fair.
Simone is based in Florence.