Luca Zanetti, Photographer

Luca Zanetti (Mendrisio, 1971) was taken by his photographer mother Pia Zanetti to troubled Nicaragua in the mid–1980s. There, he observed how to approach, provoke, tease, praise, and care for a human photo subject. In 1991, he joined the photographers’ agency Lookat, but felt the need for more education, and thus attended classes for four years at the Photography Department of the Zurich School of Art and Design, today’s ZHdK. His first long term project, «Eighty days around the world,» began in London at the Reform Club in 1998 as a bet that it was possible to go around the world in eighty days like Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg. Recently, Zanetti has been working on stories in Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and the Central African Republic. He lives in Colombia and Zurich, Switzerland.