Mattia Vacca is a freelance photojournalist and a documentary photographer.
He graduated with a BA in Science of Communication and completed a MA in Cinema and Journalism at USI/Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. He was selected for two editions of the Masterclass FSS Film Studies and Documentary Filmmaking in Locarno.
For ten years, he was a daily contributor for Il Corriere della Sera covering the breaking news stories in Northern Italy. At this time he is working on various personal projects focused on social issues and the consequences of the armed conflicts around the world.
He is the founder of the independent publishing house Delicious Editions. His first photobook “A winter’s tale” came out in 2014, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. In 2018 he published the photobook “Confine”; a collective narrative about how the city of Como, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, became a refugee camp.
His work was featured on New Republic, GEO, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Indipendent, ZEIT, Wired, De Standaard, Esquire, L’ Espresso, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, BBC, VICE, Sette, Vanity Fair, Jyllands-Posten, Publico, France Soir, Daily Mirror, Elle Decor, Domus, Private Photoreview, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, il Fatto Quotidiano, il Giornale, il Messaggero, Libero, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Etiqueta Negra, Sportweek, Wu Magazine, Bak, Fstop, Bild der Frau, Mercure Liquide, I Meridiani.
He received numerous awards, including Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Awards, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, Renaissance Prize, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Foto 8 Summershow, Phodar Biennial.
His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide. He was also a TEDx speaker. In 2018 he joins Prospekt Agency.