Alessandro Zenti was born in Melfi (Potenza, Italy) in 1971.
After studying computer science, he worked for years as a reporter before collaborating with local newspaper ‘Il Quotidiano della Basilicata’ for almost a decade; he then decided to devote himself to photography and social reportage, an interest that grew over the years.
As an embedded journalist – attached to the Italian Army – during the Kosovo War, he would witness and report on the long-term damages of war and the unresolved inter-ethnic tension.
Later on, travelling to Morocco with an NGO, he would experience first-hand the harsh living conditions and the complex problems the people in the Tadla-Azilal region were faced with, as well as the concerns related to social inclusion initiatives.
After being awarded the ‘Peacekeeping. Conflitti internazionali e vittime civili di guerra. [Peacekeeping. International Conflicts and Civilian War Casualties]’ scholarship, he committed himself entirely to social reportage.
Zenti is currently working on Migrants, his long-term photographic project on migrants’ lives and all the facets of migration, and on a number of other side projects.
A professional journalist since 2012, he currently works with popular italian media outlets such as Il Fatto Quotidiano, Mediaset, Fanpage and Radici.