Biography note


Franco Donaggio
Franco Donaggio was born in Chioggia, a district of Venice, in 1958 and, since 1979, he has been a professional photographer in Milan.
In 1992, Donaggio won the "Italian Grand Prix" for his Still Life photography. In 1993, he exhibited in Sain Paul de Vence in France at the "Lilo Marti" Art Gallery with images of research into French fashion coming from the exhibition prepared for 'Sicof 93'.
In 1994, Donaggio exhibited for Amnesty International at the "Gallery of credito Valtellinese" in Milan (with the exhibition's intinerant passing through Vicenza, Sondrio,Rome and other
Italian cities). Also in this period, the photographer contributed, with one of his images, to the Lanfranco Colombo donation at the Carrara Academy in Bergamo and partecipated in the exhibition of the collection at the same Academy.
In 1995 the Autor has exhibited at the "Patrik Vicqueray" Art Gallery in Brussel and at the "Diaframma Kodak Cultura" Gallery in Milan (Italy).. In same year he held a workshop at "Sicof 95" on creativity, with a projection of personal images.
In 1996, Donaggio exhibited at the "Civic Museum" in Rovigno (Croatia); at the "Cultural Centre" of Pisino (Croatia);; the "Popular Museum" of Albona (Croatia); the "Civic Museum"
of Pinguente (Croatia); the "Melkweg Gallery" of Amsterdam; the "International Exhibition for Advertising Photography" of Seoul; the "French Cultural Centre" Gallery of Palermo (Italy);
at the "Agfa Gallery” of Milan (Italy); "Fiaf Space" of Vicenza; the "Vendemini Palace" of Savignano sul Rubicone; at the "City Hall" of Fermignano (Italy). In same year, he won the "Kodak Gold Award" for his creative portrait.
In 1997, he exhibited at the "Joel Soroka Gallery" of Aspen; at the "Maison des Arts" of Laon (France); at the "Incontri Professionali Mediterranei" City Hall of Polizzi Generosa (Italy).
In 1998, Donaggio has exhibited at the "International exhibition for Photography" of Seoul, at the "Science of the Technique Museum" of Milan (Italy), and at the "Gracco Museum" of Pompei (Italy).
In February 2000 exhibited at the "AIPAD show" in New York. In April-May 2000 exhibited at Netillustra Art Gallery. Internet Web Site ( In March 2001 exhibited at the “Modern Art Museum” of Mantova (Italy).
Sixteen of Donaggio's images are kept in the "Bibliotheque Nationale de France" in Paris, others at the "Artist Space" and the "Center for Photography at Woodstock" in New York.
Many magazine have written about the photographer, dedicating a lot of space to his personal and creative profile; magazines such as "Progresso Fotografico"(Italy); "Zoom"(Italy); "Global"(Italy);
"Living in Milan"(Italy); "Gente di Fotografia"(Italy); "Foto Cine Video"(Italy); ”Il Fotografo” (Italy);
"Fotopratica Immagini" (Italy); "Lineagrafica" (Italy); "Pro Lighting", England; "Vis a Vis", France;
"Agfa Clip Magazine"; International; “Foto Reflex”, Mexico; “Photodom Magazine", Taiwan; "D&D",
Australia; “La Fotografia”, Spain; “PhotoReview”,U.S.A.

Donaggio is represented by "Joel Soroka Gallery" in Aspen.


I don't know how to pray like one usually does.
I try to conceive prayer made out of images.
When I think over the meaning of human existence, I feel lost,
and then I try to work.
Only in this way I live my silence again, the "flight" of the corporal
absence beyond the boundary of reasoning.
Its only way to search for my truth.
Earthly happiness is a short colorfull dash in a long difficult series
of kilometres, a sweet moment of amnesia from the constant
questioning of who we are and where we are going.
We are all together on one journey, on the great train of life, towards
the destination of death, or perhaps to another life, with a ticket in
hand, a ticket of pre-paid time.
Throughout this piece of work, created not by chance in a public
place, I have considered the fact of my existence, thinking about
who we are, and where we are going.