Giacomo Bruno is a self-taught Italian photographer. He was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy on 5th January 1991. After finishing his scientific studies in high school he enrolled at university but dropped out to devote himself to photography, in particular to industrial still life and commercial photography. He became a professional photographer in 2010, and from then on his true vocation of travelling, investigating social issues and telling stories soon became clear. He has travelled to many different countries in Central and South America, North and South Africa, as well as Asia, including India, Sri Lanka and China. His personal interests focus on human beings, their cultures, working traditions and religious vocations. He chooses to shoot posed, yet spontaneous portraits, aiming to enlighten the subjects, their backgrounds and environments, an equally important element for enhancing the character and better telling a story. His personal project “Essential lives” was born from this. It is a collection of images from his travels, a consequence of his interest using the camera to document everything in our planet that is “essential” and perhaps close to extinction. Without claiming to tell of any unseen or unknown places and inhabitants, he aims to represent the beauty that lives within those people and places, underlining the dignity and pride of his subjects.