scan of Luigi Cassinelli self portrait shot on kodak tx400 developed in Dr5 processing

Self-portraits, SWFL, June 2021

I was born in 1962 and was raised in Milan, Italy. From 1988 to 1989, I served as an officer in the Italian Army. In 1990, I earned my Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. After graduating from university, I worked as an engineer in the fields of logistics and energy management. During this time, my job required me to travel to the Far East; there, I built up my first photographic portfolio.

In 1995, I decided to leave my corporate career and become a photographer, leaving Italy for London, in search of assignments. I contacted the art director of the Sunday Times Magazine, who introduced me to the fashion director. She was intrigued by my reportage work and showed my portfolio to a luxury brand; from that contact I got my first job in the fashion industry.

Since then, I have lived in London, Milan, and New York. From locations on every continent, I completed 345 assignments for fashion brands and magazines. I will always be grateful to my first agent, Umberto Corsale, for being my liaison with the fashion industry and for letting me work with outstanding human beings. Thank you, Sandro Fasulo. Thank you, Giorgio Spaterna.

My clients’ list includes: Adrienne Vittadini, Alviero Martini, Amanda Wakeley, American Eagle Outfitters, Annabella, Aurelia PR, Burda Verlag, Charlotte Russe, Chicago Magazine Fashion, Cosmopolitan Italia, Cosmopolitan USA, Cotton Belt, Elle Italia, Grazia, Io Donna, Kiton, Luciano Barbera, Maliparmi, Marella Max Mara Group, Marie Claire Australia, Michael Kors, Red UK, Stefanel, Style RCS, Tatler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Vanity Fair UK, Vogue Australia,Vogue Gioiello.

portfolio of published work, editorials and campaigns

2012 was a pivotal year. I assessed that for the industry retouching what I had seen through my lens was becoming more valuable than honoring it. Thus, I began researching on the reciprocal influence between ethical issues and disparate imaging technologies, namely, silver halide photography and computer generated imaging. It was at this time that I started the draft of "The Photographer's Choice," my assessment on the essence of photography.

In 2014, I edited The Materia et Lumen Criterion, an ethical standard aiming at the discernment of authentic photographic work.

In 2015, I published The Photographer's Choice.

Cover of The Photographer's Choice by Luigi Cassinelli

Since 2015, I have developed a new clientele, from private clients to venture capital firms. One decisive meeting with a friend and professor at Politecnico di Milano inspired my photographic work on architecture. Currently, I am enjoying working for architectural firms.

portfolio on architecture

Throughout my career, I have been seeking union. My professional work and the research I pursue nurture each other; the essays I exhibit on this website are the bedrock of my work as a photographer. To this day, I am still dedicated to see to questions about the human condition that are unheard. I am still dedicated to listen to my clients and deliver my authentic eye. Photography is the spaceship I chose for this adventure.

self-portrait in nyc 2023

Self-portrait, Manhattan, March 2023

Last revision, Venice FL, April 5 2023