Manuel Cosentino (b.1980) is an Italian artist working with photography. His work has focused on the role of the individual—and collective responsibility—in contemporary society, and on the function of art as an agent of change. He graduated from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, and moved to London where he worked as a visual effects artist in the film Industry. After contributing to several movies, including Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and Narnia Prince Caspian, he returned to Italy to focus solely on his art practice. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Galerie Huit during “Les Rencontres d’Arles” (France), the Museo Diocesano Gonzaga (Italy), the Museo Civico Fattori (Italy), the Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), Festival de la Luz (Buenos Aires), The Fence (Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC), Head On Photo Festival (Sidney), Klompching Gallery (New York), the Royal Photographic Society (UK) and has been featured on L’Espresso (Italy), Wired (USA), The Huffington Post (USA), Blink Magazine (S. Korea), Lens Culture (Netherlands), iGnant (Germany), the Colossal (USA), Lenscratch (USA) and L’Oeil de la Photographie (France). In recognition for his work, he has received several international awards. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Premio Combat Prize for contemporary photography (Italy). His work resides in several private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.         


Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

Griffin Museum of Photography, USA

Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC

Blob Art, Italy


2016  Head On Photo Festival, Landscape Prize, State Parliament of NSW, Sydney

2016  100 Jay Street, Behind a Little House, New York City

           Curated by United Photo Industries, NYC

2015  Griffin Museum of Photography (LCC), Sky, Boston

           Curated by Paula Tognarelli, (Executive Director/Curator) Griffin Museum of Photography

2014  XVIII Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz, 25 Visiones Internacionales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014  Voies Off Festival, new discoveries from the Lens Culture Emerging Talent Awards, Arles, France

2014  United Photo Industries/Photoville - The Fence - Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

2014  Atlanta Celebrates Photography - The Fence - Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta

2014  Griffin Museum of Photography, Behind a Little House, Boston (solo)

           Curated by Paula Tognarelli, (Executive Director/Curator) Griffin Museum of Photography

2014  Photonic Moments Festival, Month of Photography, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia

2013  Klompching Gallery, Fresh, New York

           Curated by W.M. Hunt and Darren Ching

2013  Museo Civico G. Fattori, Premio Combat Prize, Livorno, Italy

2013  Pantheon di Mirafiori, Quelli di Franco Fontana, Torino, Italy

           Curated by Franco Fontana

2013  Viridian Artists Inc, 3rd International Photography Exhibition, New York

           Curated by Nat Trotman, (Curator) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

2012  Garage Turenne, Grand Prix de la Découverte, Paris

           NoFound Photo Fair, in conjunction with Paris Mois de la Photo

2012  Palazzo Massarani, Arte per Arte, Mantua, Italy

2012  Photo Center NW, Equivalents, Seattle, USA

           Curated by W.M. Hunt

2012  Royal Photographic Society, 155th International Print Exhibition, London, UK

2012  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, International Photography II, USA

2012  Museo Diocesano Francesco Gonzaga, Franco Fontana e Quelli di Franco Fontana, Mantua, Italy

           Mantova Creativa Festival

2012  Galerie Huit/China House, Transience, Penang, Malaysia

2011  The Gallery in Cork Street, Cork Street Open Exhibition, London, UK

2011  Galerie Huit, Open Salon Arles 2011: Transience, Arles, France

           During and alongside Les Rencontres D’Arles 2011


2019  Premio Combat Prize, Livorno, Italy: Recommended by the Jury | Catalogue published by Sillabe

2016  Photolucida Critical Mass 2016: Finalist

2016  Head On Photo Festival, Landscape Prize, Sydney: Finalist

2015  Kunas Photo Festival, Lithuania: Folioport Top 25

2014  Photolucida Critical Mass 2014: Finalist

2013  Premio Combat Prize, Livorno, Italy: Winner | Contemporary Photography Grant Recipient

2013  Lucie International Photography Awards, Los Angeles: Awarded 2nd place in Self-Published Photo Book

2013  Huston Center for Photography Fellowship 2013: Top 10

            Juried by W.M. Hunt

2013  International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Shortlisted with the Jury’s Appreciation

2013  The Print Center’s 87th Annual International Competition: Printmaking & Photography, Philadelphia, USA: Shortlisted

            Juried by Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director & Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe

2012  Photolucida Critical Mass 2012:  Finalist

2012  Photo Center NW, 17th Annual Photo Competition, Seattle, USA: Awarded 2nd Place Award

            Juried by W.M. Hunt

2012  Royal Photographic Society, 155th International Print Exhibition, London:  Finalist

2012  Grand Prix de la Découverte, Paris:  Finalist

2012  Black & White Spider Awards, London: Awarded 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Nature

2011  International Color Awards, London: Awarded 2nd Place Merit of Excellence in Nature

2011  Lucie International Photography Awards, Los Angeles: Awarded 1st and 3rd Place in Architecture and Fine Art

2011  Prix de la Photographie, Paris: Recipient of Silver Award


Elle Decor Italia, Nuovo Stile Italiano "Casa dolce casa". Year 29, Issue 9 | September 2018. Valentina Raggi and Filippo Romeo

A New Nothing (USA), W.M.Hunt in image-based conversation with Efrem Zelony-Mindell, 26 August 2016 (link)

Photo Distric News (USA), "The Universal Home." 19 March 2015. Jacqui Palumbo (link)

ImageMag (Italy), "Quelli di Franco Fontana." Year IV, Issue 1 | February 2015.

Lens Culture (France), "13 Favorite Conceptual Photography Series from 2014." 24 December 2014. (link)

Lens Culture (France), "Behind a Little House." 04 September 2014. (link)

L’Oeil de la Photographie (France), “Manuel Cosentino, Behind a Little House.” 19 July 2014. (link)

Urbanautica, Naturae (Italy), “Behind a Little House Project.” 9 June 2014. Steve Bisson

Vida Simples Magazine (Brazil). “Entre o céu e a terra.” Issue 136 | October 2013. Ricardo Ampudia

iGnant (Germany). “Behind a Little House.” 10 September 2013 (link)

L’Espresso (Italy). “La vita che scorre, dietro a una piccola casa.” 31 July 2013. Filippo Brunamonti (link)

Wired (USA). “8 Epic Photographs Showing the Same Tiny House.” 31 July 2013. Kyle Vanhemert (link)

Gooood (China). “艺术摄影天气风景摄影互动意大利Manuel Cosentino.” 27 July 2013

The Huffington Post (USA). “Behind A Little House: Photo Series Pays Homage To A Tiny Home And Its Larger Than Life Surroundings.” 26 July 2013 (link)

Animal - New York (USA), “The Sky’s Sublime Transformations Behind A Little House” 26 July 2013. Julia Dawidowicz (link)

My Modern Met (USA), “A Small House Set Against Impressively Dramatic Landscapes” 26 July 2013. Katie Hosmer (link)

The Colossal (USA). “Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House.” 25 July 2013. Christopher Jobson (link)

Lenscratch (USA). “Klompching Gallery Fresh Exhibition.” 17 July 2013. Aline Smithson (link)

Blink Magazine (Korea). “Fresh 2013.” Issue 25 | July 2013


World Photography Organization (UK), “THE FENCE: Manuel Cosentino” November 2014. Kristine Bjørge (link)

At Length Magazine (USA), “Manuel Cosentino” August 2013. Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching (link)

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