Matteo Luciani was born and raised in Rome in November 1988.
Being fascinated by nature’s beauty and its complexity since an early stage of his life, he decided to study Ecology both for his Bachelor and Master Degree.
In order to better comprehend what he read from university books and field guides, he would often visit the Central Apennines. During one of these field trips, he felt the need to portray the immense diversity and beauty he was surrounded by; therefore he decided to buy his first camera, without knowing that photography would soon become an essential part of his life.
As a result, the art of photography allowed him to develop an holistic perspective which would result in various academic fields ranging from Anthropology to Ecology, from Art to Economy, therefore becoming the groundings of his photographic projects.
One of his main objectives represented in all of his projects is the aim to reconcile humans, through a curious, respectful and enthusiastic approach, with the natural and social context that he depends on.
It is difficult to explain what the art of photography means to Matteo, but if he can express it in simple words it would represent the search for the “real” in all the things we are surrounded by, from joy to sadness, from amazement to emptiness and melancholy, with a vision and perspective of beauty.
In 2017 he published his book “Errant Keepers. Men and wolves in comparison” (Pandion edition) and presented it all over Italy in historical museums (in Rome, Venice, Turin, Florence et c.), National Parks, cultural organizations, universities, on national radio stations and on “Rai Tre” (“GEO&GEO”) and “Rai Cultura” television channels.
Some of his photos, along with his scientific and educational articles, have been published by a number of papers, such as "Terre Sauvage", "Biological Conservation", “Mammalian Biology”, "Asferico", "Gazzetta Ambiente" etc., and received several special mentions, among which “Le Coup de coeur du Jury” in the ambit of the “Nature Images Awards 2016” of IUCN (“International Union for Conservation of Nature”).