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2022 edition

Me, Myself and Eye
july 14th / october 2nd 

Director Veronica Nicolardi
Artistic Director Paolo Woods

Curatorial Statement

What happens when we turn a camera on somebody? Is photography a weapon or a spotlight? Who is entitled to shoot what? Is consent necessary? Are we still photographing windows or are we just lost in a giant hall of mirrors, endlessly looking at ourselves? Issues that are at the core of the medium, that have been debated for decades, have recently resurfaced with a new vigor, propelled by the identity warfare that has engulfed us. The reckoning our world is going through on race, gender and class is upending unwritten rules and writing new ones.

At this crucial moment, when photography is more relevant than ever and has become a universal language––produced, shared and consumed in a ravenous manner––Cortona On The Move comes to reflect on authorship, point of view and legitimacy, on how subject and object intersect, collide and finally coexist.

“Me, Myself and Eye” is the theme of the festival for this 2022 edition, where photography will engage in soul searching, never escaping controversy but always verging towards the poetic. Like daring astronauts, we will explore the medium’s outer limits and, like meticulous archaeologists, we will unearth its buried stories.

Curated by Paolo Woods


Jacob Holdt

I DO (Sì, lo voglio)

Jojakim Cortis e Adrian Sonderegger

Stacy Kranitz

Gregory Halpern

Walter Niedermayr

Martin Parr & The Anonymous Project

Izaak Theo Adu-Watts

Martina Bacigalupo

Jan Banning

Alexander Chekmenev

Alessandro Cinque


Carlo Rainone

Niccolò Rastrelli

Nicolas Righetti

Christian Lutz

Lucas Foglia

Cortona On The Move AlUla

Jessica Auer

Stories of Humanity

Gabriele Galimberti

Nicolò Filippo Rosso

Tomeu Coll

Cortona On The Move Award:

Among the 1529 photographic projects received, the jury selected the three winners presented below
In first place Zed Nelson with “The Anthropocene Illusion”, who wins the cash prize of € 5,000 and will have the opportunity to exhibit his project at the next edition of the festival. In second place Rima Maroun with “While standing my ground”, a work that will be published on the Lens Culture platform together with the third classified Gleeson Paulino with “Batismo”.

Portfolio reviews:

Martina Bacigalupo – Picture editor of 6 Mois
Manila Camarini – Picture Editor, D La Repubblica, DLUI
Renata Ferri – Chief picture editor of Io Donna
Claire Grafik – The Photographer’s Gallery
François Hébel – Director Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Nathalie Herschdorfer – Director Photo Elysée
Lara Huck – Deputy chief of Photography of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT
Nicolas Jimenez – Director of Photography Le Monde
Andrew Katz – Deputy Photo Editor, The New Yorker
Beppe La Rosa – Digital Content and multimedia specialist MSF Italy
Lars Lindemann – Director of Photography and deputy visual director GEO and PM
Emanuela Mirabelli – Photo Editor Marie Claire
Lucille Reyboz – Co-founders and Directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE
Kathy Ryan – Director of Photography at NYTMAG
Arianna Rinaldo – Photography Curator PhEST
Laura Sackett – Creative Director of LensCulture
Mohamed Somji – Director of Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) and co-curator of BredaPhoto Festival
Stefano Stoll – Director Festival Images Vevey
Marie Sumalla – Photojournalist & Photo Editor Le Monde
Narda van ‘t Veer – Founder of the Ravestijn Gallery
Jamie Wellford – Senior Visual Editor/Producer National Geographic
Claartje Van Dijk – Head of exhibition Foam

Summer school:

In collaboration with Canon Academy, the Summer School offers the opportunity to attend auteur lectures, with 2 dedicated workshop.

Lighting techniques applied to portraits with Paolo Verzone
Photographing the invisible with Massimo Sestini