Gian Marco Benedetto (La Spezia, Italy 1986) is an independent Barcelona-based photojournalist making work in daily news and long term projects about identity and human rights.
Member of Photographic Social Vision, he works as a freelance, contributor photographer for Anadolu Agency, Getty. His work has been published on Time, The Time, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, De Morgen, 5w, Abc news, L'Espresso, El Pais, La Vanguardia, el Faro de Vigo, Ara, Expansión, El Periodico, La Razon, among others. Graduated in law (Bocconi, Milano) after specializing in new journalism (Lacoonte) studied photojournalism and documentary photography (IEFC, Barcelona).
Benedetto feels the urgency to tell the stories focused on the human rights of people who are rendered powerless from the modern world. Gian Marco is an author known for his documentation of the Catalan independence process and the humanitarian consequences of migrations. He spent the last years covering events in Turkey, Mexico, and Europe reporting from Istanbul after Gazi Park about conscientious objectors to compulsory military service - from Europe, during the humanitarian emergency about migration - from south Mexico border with Guatemala and Chiapas after Donald Trump's wall - from Catalonia during the referendum for Republic and independence process from Spain. From Ucraina, Poland and Moldova during Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
Before becoming a photographer in 2013 Benedetto received a degree in law from Bocconi of Milan. In 2015 he wrote "Dica pure ai suoi che possono spararmi, obiezione di coscienza al servizio militare". In the same year, Benedetto founded Marsia onlus, a non-profit association for the abolition of prison and collaborated with the book "Morti di cie". Then left his work as lawyer and the association was dissolved. He devotes himself to journalism and entirely to photography. In 2017 Benedetto wrote "Fughe impazzite dal sogno europeo" a testimony in a journey from Turkey to Melilla, from the Balkans to Calais, from Lampedusa to Brussels.
Since 2017 affiliated as International Journalist with the card E6622.
Benedetto's images have been exhibited, with solo and group exhibitions, in galleries worldwide. In 2021 he participate in Festival de cine y derechos humanos (Barcelona), International short Film Festival Kalmthout (Belgium), Afrika Film For Impact (Nigeria), Barciff, Anatolia film festival, Archivo Covid, Catalunya miradas solidaries, Terra Gollut. In 2020 participate in Biennal Internacional de Fotografia (Olot, Spain) and was selected to the final stage of the Siena International Photo Awards competition, px3 2020 (Paris), selected SOTW 2020, 2018 participate in Lumix n 6 (Hannover), 2019/2018 Strip art (Barcelona), among others.