Lorenzo Capellini was born in Genova, Italy. He lived in London from 1958 to 1964 where he began to work as a photographer. He worked for various italian newspapers, reviews and magazines such as “Il Mondo”. In 1959 for an english magazine he was in Spain to report on the bullfights with the greatest bullfighters of the time, Luis Miguel Dominguin e Antonio Ordonez. In Malaga he met Ernest Hemingway. During the years that he spent in London, he also produced documentary films for Italian Television in addition to photography. In 1964 he moved to Africa (Kenya and other countries) where he produced many films and reports on the life and habits of wild animals. At the end of 1968 he returned to Milan, Italy, where he concentrated mostly on sculptors such as Cascella, Cavaliere, Marini, Moore, Pomodoro, Spagnulo, King, Consagra, Ceroli, Mo, Lipchitz. He also produced industrial photographs for PIRELLI, ENI, MAS and others; fashion photographs for Vogue, Amica, end Gioia; and architecture, interior design and arts magazines. Between 1969 and 1972 produced photographic reports in Cuba, Brasil and Mexico. In 1974 an exhibition was held and a book published on the life of Francesco Petrarca: this was the first biography of a part of the Italian literature to have ever been done through photographs. The exibition entitled Itinerari con Francesco Petrarca is still part of the permanent collection in the Poet’s home at Arquà Petrarca (Padua). After the vernissage in Rome at the National Library and in Milan at the Sforzesco Castle, the exhibition toured many european cities, the United States and Japan. From 1974 to 1986 Lorenzo Capellini lived in Venice where he was the official photographer for the Biennale di Venezia. During this period the following photographic books were published: Il segno teatrale, 1974-1978 Cronache di un quadriennio, Carnevale del Teatro and all the books-of-the-year of each Biennale. In 1978 Lorenzo Capellini held a personal exhibition in Venice at San Giovanni Evangelista, and in Milan at La Rotonda della Besana. He later made a documentary on this exibition entitled Immagini della Biennale di Venezia for RAI Italian Television which was commented by the author Alberto Moravia. In 1979 and in the following years he returned to Africa with Alberto Moravia, and published the photographs of this journeys in Corriere della Sera. Between 1981 and 1984 he produced the photographs for the covers of librettos of Fonit-Cetra Records.
In 1982 he published the book L’Italia per Garibaldi and made the documentary for RAI Il segno di Garibaldi, as well as the documentaries on ten years of activity of the Biennale di Venezia, Il Volo del Leone. In 1984 the book Le Città del Silenzio is published with the texts of Alberto Moravia and Paolo Portoghesi. The book talks about the architecture of the new founded cities south of Rome built during the fascist period. From 1984 to 1990 Lorenzo Capellini was the official photographer for the Opera Theatre in Bologna. In 1987 he published the bookVeneto Barbaro di Muschi e Nebbie based on the texts of Goffredo Parise. The book Un’idea dell’Opera, followed in 1989, which tells about five years of operas at the Bologna Opera Theatre. He also held a personal exhibition in Paris in 1989 at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) where he showed over two-hundred photographs. In 1989 he published the following books: L’Autunno di Berlino on the fall of the Berlin Wall and Guida di Architettura di Milano, a chronological architectural guide of the city. These were followed by three books published in the years 1990-1992 respectively: Guida di Architettura di Firenze, Guida di Architettura di Genova, and Architetture Terapeutiche, a book about drug relief comunities.
He spent the month of March in the years 1992-1998 guest of the International Fund for Animal Welfare on the ice in the north of Canada taking photographs of the birth of the seals for italian and foreing magazines. In October 1995 in Todi (Umbria) a retrospective exhibit of over 300 photographs of his work took place. During 1995 his exibition There where the seals are born took place in Rome, Neaples,Padua, Florence,Bologna and Milan; the photographs where teken in the north of Canada on the ice of North Atlantic. From December 1995 to March 1996 his exhibition Luoghi e Persone dell’Arte was housed in the Museum of Milan; in the same year the exihbition was also displayed in Bologna at the Museum of Archiginnasio and at the Civic Gallery in Padua. Lorenzo Capellini works for the Teatro alla Scala of Milan where he takes photographs of Ballet and Opera. In 1997 he published the book La Biennale di Venezia, a report on the Venitian arts exhibitions and also spent a long period of time in South Africa working on a survey on endangered species of wild animals with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. In November of the same year he published a book about the South African textile industry Wooltextile. In february of the following year, the book by Allemandi: Giò Pomodoro/Lorenzo Capellini – Scultura/fotografia, was published and an accompanying exhibition was held in Padua.
In January 1999 a retrospective of his work was displayed in the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. In July 1999 the book La Biennale di Venezia,a report on the Venetian arts exhibitions was published. In the same year in Milan, during the fashion week, the exibition Endless Beauty took place. His exhibition Portraits and Landscape of Arts was held in New York City, October/November 1999, at New York University. In November of the same year the book Guida di Architettura di Torino by Allemandi, was published.
In December 2000 was published the book Guida di Architettura di Padova and from December 2000 till March 2001 took place in Padova-Museo del Santo his exhibition about human backs and the book “Backs” published by Umberto Allemandi & C. In July 2001 with Art Newspaper the book on the art exhibition of the Venice Biennale. In March 2002 his book, with text by Vittorio Sgarbi, Il Prato della Valle: the beautiful 18th century second largest square in Europe. In september 2002 is published by Allemandi & Co. the book “Giotto vis à vis”. The Giotto’s frescos inside the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua were photographed during and after the restore. The text is by Ronald Recht.
In 2004 the Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna invites him, within the large exhibition “Il Nudo fra ideale e realtà”, with a personal exhib of 100 photographs of feminine nudes. In may and june his photographic biogrphy of the poet Francesco Petrarca, on the occasion of the 700° anniversary of his birth, are shown in Bologna and Arquà Petrarca where it will stay permanently.
In 2006 he completed the book on the island of Pantelleria, with text by Giorgio Armani, and produce a book and an exhibition on the twentieth anniversary of the death of well famous italian writer Goffredo Parise: “The Veneto of Goffredo Parise.
In 2007, the centenary of the birth of Alberto Moravia, an ehhibition dedicated to the great writer and a book about my traveling in Africa that I did with him : “Out of Africa with Alberto Moravia”. The exhibition opened in Milan at the Museo di Milano and then went in several other cities. In that year he started working for two books, one about Andrea Palladio with Prof. Paolo Portoghesi and one the equestrian world and they both came out in 2008 for the types of Umberto Allemandi & Co : “The hand of Palladio” and “The charm of the horses”. In the same year he was invited to partecipate in a group exhibition in Russia, St. Petersburg and its exhibition “The hand of Palladio”will be hosted in Milan at Palazzo Reale.
At the end of November in Rome at the Capitol presents the book “The hand of Palladio”, along with co-author Prof. Paolo Portoghesi.
In 2009 his exhibition on the work of world famous theatre director Jarzy Grotowsky was held in Poland, Warsaw in the Museum of Zacheta. In May of the same year, in Rome at the Chamber of Deputies, is hosting the exhibition “Barbarian Veneto and mists of musk”.
On 9th November 2009, twenty years after the event the show on the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Beyond the Wall”, is hosted in Milan at Spazio Oberdan and then went to Padua and Trapani.
In April 2010 an exhibition in Verona Vinitaly dedicated to the vineyards of Sicily and for the all summer in Cortina d’Ampezzo the exhib “Barbarian Veneto and mists of musk”
In 2011 in Padua, Galleria Cavour in his exhibition “Forme Nude – Forms Naked” and in Florence and Rome is held “Italy for Garibaldi” on the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy.
Also in the same year he was invited to exhibit in Venice at the 54th Venice Biennale of arts from June till November.
In 2012 he created a book “The Angel Tower” together with Paolo Portoghesi on the great building designed by the architect (Minerva Edizioni) and an exhibition in Padua at the Altinate Cultural Center with the design drawings of the Portoghesi and his photographs of the Tower . In June goes to Capri with the writer Raffaele La Capria to photograph the island for a publication that will collect the writings of La Capria commented on by his photographs.
In March 2013, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, in March, his “Capri” exhibition and the presentation of the homonymous book with the writer Raffaele La Capria (Minerva Edizioni).
In May, the book “Autumn in Calabria” (Minerva Edizioni), with the text of Marina Valensise, is presented in the Turin Book Exhibition. In the summer he is invited to an exhibition at Corigliano Castle in Corigliano fotografica and in August together with Marina Valensise present the book ‘Autumn in Calabria’ at Rossano in the auditorium Amarelli.
In February 2014, in Cortina, in the context of the literary event, he presented the book ‘Autumn in Calabria’ with Marina Valensis and in March his “Capri” exhibition, with the lyrics of Raffaele La Capria, is invited to the Chamber of Deputies in the Complex of Valdina. In April in Cesena is presented the book ‘The places of memory’ by Paolo Portoghesi (Minerva Edizioni) with his photographs.
In June he was invited by the Mayor of Genoa and by the President of the Palazzo Ducale Foundation with his anthological exhibition “Lorenzo Capellini – a photographer’s life and looks” (catalog Rubbettino Editore) in the Palazzo Ducale of Genoa, open until the end of September. Ends the book on the Victorian Book of Giants with the writer Giordano Bruno Guerri. In 2015 begins the book on Lucania and that on Sicily by Dacia Maraini. In April, MilanPhotoFestival opens its exhibition.
In 2016 he worked on the book on Sicily of and with Dacia Maraini, in the summer he is invited to Milanesiana with the exhibition of the exhibition “Veneto barbarian of mosses and mists” in memory of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Goffredo Parise. The exhibition is hosted in the Franco Parenti theater in Milan. In August he is invited to the United States, Cape Cod, to prepare a seals book. In October, Vittorio Sgarbi, curator of the cultural festival “Babele” in Padua invites him with the exhibition on the Veneto of Parise and the presentation of the new edition of “Venetian barbarian of moss and mists”..During 2017 and 2018 he works on the book about Matera, european capital of culture 2019, and Basilicata. In 2018 he published the book on Gabriele d’Annunzio and his fashion. In 2017 he was invited by Network for Animal to South Africa to document rhinos rescue operation and in 2018 he was again in South Africa for an extraordinary operation to move a group of 28 elephants in danger of poaching in a safe place 100 miles away. In 2018 he began working for a book on the new cathedral of Lamezia in Calabria by uhe architect Paolo Portoghesi. In 2019 he published the book on the Biennal of Venice 1974/1978 by Carlo Ripa di Meana published by Skira. The book was presented in Venice at the Biennale by President Paolo Baratta and in Rome in the Maxxi Museum invited by the President Giovanna Melandri with Paolo Portoghesi, Stefania Craxi, Giuliano Ferrara, Paolo Baratta, Jas Gawronski and Vittorio Sgarbi. In Milan is presented in the Franco Parenti Theater, hosted by Andrée Ruth Shammah.