Gian Marco Benedetto
(La Spezia, Italy 1986) is a Barcelona-based photojournalist making work in daily news and long term projects about identity and human rights.
Member of Colegi de periodistes de Cataluña and contributor photographer for Polaris Images and la Periférica magazine, he has published on Abc news, L'Espresso, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Europa press, el Faro de Vigo, 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 five 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.
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, storie di ordinaria detenzione amministrativa". 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 with Doctor K, publishing a video for L'Espresso magazine between others.
Since 2017 Gian Marco was affiliated as a member of UPIFC and Journalist college of Catalonia with the journalist card 1434-B.
In 2019 Benedetto started working as a contributor photographer covering breaking news for the International agency Polaris in Spain. Benedetto's images have been exhibited, with solo and group exhibitions, in galleries worldwide. In 2020 was selected to the final stage of the Siena International Photo Awards competition, 2018 participate in Lumix n 6 (Hannover), 2019/2018 Strip art (Barcelona), among others.