Silver / 2016 / Portraiture / Family

Daniela, portrait of my mother

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Family, Silver in Portraiture/Family
  • Photographer
    Niko Giovanni Coniglio

I started photographing my mother to learn how to use a camera. I continued doing it in order to spend some time with her. I'm still photographing her to witness and tell our story. Photography is a sort of bridge in our relationship and helps me to know her. The project "Daniela, portait of my mother", it's not only my mother's portrait. In this work I represent her life's situations or events, but also the ones that directly impacted on me, as well as my own family experiences. Sometimes I simply try to stage situations that become real, and a memory in the very moment I shoot them. "Of course, some painful cracks developed in my soul and I lived away from reality for who knows how long". This is one of the sentences my mother wrote in her diary, which offers an important reference point for this work.

I was born on October 26th, 1987 in Poggibonsi, a small town near Siena (Tuscany, Italy).

In 2009 I graduated with honors from UniveritĂ  degli studi di Siena, with a bachelor in Media Studies.
On October of the same year I moved to Milan, where I started my studies in photography.
Two years later I graduated from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, with a master in Photography.

In 2012 I began to work as a freelance for Jazzit magazine (
In 2014 I started collaborating with Sony Music Italy and International Music & Arts (
In 2015 I started collaborating with Sugar Music ( and Picicca Records (