Daniele Mattioli was born in Umbria, Italy, started doing photography in Toronto, Canada, and, in 1992, moved to Vienna, Austria. He began frequently traveling to the East and was based for six years in Sydney, Australia. Since 1992, he has represented the Anzenberger Agency. From 2000, he started to work focusing in China and, more precisely, Shanghai, where he still lives and works.
His pictures have been published with many important editorials by the following magazines:
New York Times, National Geographic , Newsweek, Afar, Bloomberg (USA) Vanity Fair Germany, Merian, Marie Claire, GQ, Amica, Focus, Brigitte (Germany),Daily Telegraph Magazine, The Times, The Financial Times (UK), Panorama, Corriere Magazine, D Repubblica, Newton, Internazionale , Wired (Italy),Le Monde (France) Geo Japan, Geo Korea, Silkroad , Discovery (Hong Kong), Quote Magazine (The Netherlands), The Australian Magazine, She Magazine, The Goodweekend (Australia) , Elle Decor China, and others
Mattioli has acquired a significant experience of China. As he always affirms, “taking pictures is often an excuse to explore other places or better, exploring often it is an excuse to take pictures. Traveling is a close part of being a photographer and choosing a headquarters where you get a geographical specialization is the motivation to deepen an argument, a city, a country. My 'photographic target' has been different. As an Italian, I have chosen to live in a place where I was driven by my curiosity to make the decisions that photographical research needs.
Shanghai has been my target, my city, and the place I appointed to develop my career. I had many motivations on my mind, but for sure the speed of growth and change that China has expressed in the last year and more over all of Shanghai that has gotten back the Western habits that for some years have been the motivation for it splitting from the rest of China.”
China is a world of contradiction where the luxury of Nanjing Road and the modern skyscrapers in Shanghai oppose the people in the deep East that are hand-pushing heavy trolleys while using a smartphone to be connected with their family.
Here we report some of Mattioli’s artwork that represents some of the results of his travels and his creativity.
Reportage Festival Sydney (Australia) – Australia(ns) – 2001
Palazzo Trinci Foligno (Italy) – L’Isola di Adesso – 2002
Villa Amoretti Turin (Italy) – Australia(ns) – 2002
Leica Gallery Solms (Germany) – Ping Pong School in Shanghai – 2003
Anzenberger Gallery Vienna (Austria) – Shanghai – 2004
Sanjiangyuan International Photography Festival in Qinghai (China) -Shanghai-2006
Italian Cultural Office in Shanghai (China) – Shanghai 2006
Visa Pour l’Image Perpignan (France) – Screening -Sigma Recycling factory in Shanghai – 2006
PIngyao Photo Festival (China) – Cosplayer in China – 2009
Yonkang Lu Openings Shanghai (China) – Cosplayer in China – Group Show 2010
Epsite Gallery Shanghai – Cosplayer in China- 2010
Zaja Beijing – Danno d’immagine – Group Show 2011
Biennale Venezia,Istituto Italiano di cultura Shanghai ,Padiglione Italia nel Mondo, – “The Graft” work in collaboration with Girolamo Marri 2011
Zuni Art Ferrara (Italy) – Cosplayer in China – 2011
Luoping Photo Festival Yunnan, (China) – Fallen Angels (Cosplayer) – 2012
Viaggiatori sulla Flaminia 8th Edition (Italy) – Foligno, Portrait – 2013
Ray Art Center Shanghai 当真/REAL-LY/本当に -Group Exhibition – 2014
Spello Photo Fest (Italy) – Cosplayer in China – 2014
WhyWhyArt Shanghai – Group Exhibition – 2015