Alessandro Grassani (b.1977, Italy) graduates in photography at the Riccardo Bauer Institute of Milano, where he lives. His work has appeared in numerous international publications including Sunday Times, New York Times, Time, El Pais, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, Mare, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, D of La Repubblica and Sette of Corriere della Sera. Grassani’s corporate clients have included Enel SPA, Lufthansa, Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian State railway company), CommerzBank and ICE (Italian foreign trade institution).
He goes to Albania in the period of the landslide of the pyramidal societies and the clandestine immigration towards Italy, travels in the Balkans, around South America, Asia and Middle East, covering international events and stories in more than 30 countries in the world. In 2004 with the funeral of Yasser Arafat he started to cover the ongoing conflicts in Israel and Palestine. He is in the Gaza Strip before and during the clearing out of the colonies and again returns after the Hamas election victory and the military operation by the Israelis called “Summer Rain”. He also works in Iran, where he goes for the first time at the end of 2003 to record the effects of the Bam earthquake. He returns many times after the election victory of the conservative president Ahmadinejad: he investigates the situation of the Hebrew-Iranian Jews and he works on a long-term project about the complex Iranian society. In 2011 he begins a new long-term project entitled “Environmental migrants: the last illusion” documenting around the world the life of the people forced to migrate because of climate changes and with no alternative to the illusion of a better life in the city.