Italo Rondinella (Italy 1974) is an Italian documentary photographer, journalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul.
He graduated in law. After spending almost a decade working as a lawyer, he decided to focus entirely on documentary photography. This had been his passion ever since he was a teenager. Later, he added video to his narrative languages, and developed personal visuals for storytelling.
His main interests are social issues related to the conflicts and challenges of contemporary global society: migration, minorities, and the environment.
For fifteen years he has been working with both international media outlets and cultural institutions. These include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Union, the Venice Biennale Foundation, and the RAI (Italian national public broadcasting company) foreign correspondents’ office for Turkey and South-Eastern Europe.
He currently collaborates regularly with the RSI (Italian-speaking Swiss public broadcasting organisation).

  • Since 2016 he has been a contributor, as a video producer, video editor and journalist, of RSI (Swiss Radio and Television).
  • In 2023 he collaborated, as a video producer and video editor, with RAI ISTANBUL, the Office of Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana S.p.A.) in Turkey and South Eastern Europe.
  • In 2017 and 2018 he worked as a contributing photographer for UNHCR Turkey.
  • He was one of the official photographer of the Venice Biennale Foundation, for the International Art Exhibition, in the 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019 editions and for the International Architecture Exhibition in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions.
  • In 2016, on assignment for the European Union, he was the official photographer of the Election Observation Mission to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Parliamentary elections 2016.
  • In 2015 he collaborated, as a video producer and video editor, with RAI ISTANBUL, the Office of Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana S.p.A.) in Turkey and South Eastern Europe.
  • In 2014 he joined the American photo agency Polaris Images.
  • In 2009 he moved to Barcelona to specialise in photojournalism at the UAB. From then on, he collaborated with el Periódico de Catalunya and with the reporting department of the Cordon Press/Corbis photo agency.
  • In 2007 he began his career as a daily news photographer for Corriere della Sera.

Istanbul, Turkey + 90 5434549090
Bologna, Italy + 39 3282026139
Barcelona, Spain + 34 655273186 (WhatsApp)
mail@italorondinella.com
Skype: Italo Rondinella (cheech65)

Italian Press Card n. 139844

Turkish Press Card n. 304337