Elena Perlino (b. 1972) is an Italian photographer based in Paris. Her work focused on migrations, human trafficking and gender issues.

“I’m interested in focusing on under reported topics and combining different voices on the same subject, trying new ways of storytelling with coherence and unity of vision. I believe photography has a decisive impact on the way we perceive events around the world”.

Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Open Society Foundations, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, lettera27, Le Septembre de la Photographie, Photo Gaspésie and the Institute of Italian Culture of Montréal supported her work.

Her images have been included in various exhibitions: Visa pour l’image, Perpignan; l'Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris; Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal, Canada; the Lawndale Art Center, Texas and the Centre for photography Objectifs, Singapore.

Over the years she published the books ‘Pipeline’ (Schilt Publishing, 2014), ‘Maktoub’ (Cibele Edizioni, 2017) and ‘Paris Goutte d’Or’ (Éditions Loco, 2018).

For all inquiries: elena.perlino@gmail.com

© Elena Perlino 2019


2019 CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques - Contemporary documentary photographic creation - Grant

2019 Concours Sophot FAIT & CAUSE, France - Finalist

2019 Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal, Canada - Grant

2019 European Residency Award, Lucca, Italie - Finalist

2018 Photaumnales Portfolio - Prix Pixtrakk

2018 Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal, Canada - Grant

2018 Concours Picto / Wipplay - Prix

2017 Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal, Canada - Grant

2016 Open Society Foundations and lettera27 - Grant

2015 CNAP - Centre national des arts plastiques - Grant

2015 Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie - Grant

2015 Magnum Emergency Fund - Grant

2014 FSIH - Fonds de Soutien aux Initiatives des Habitants, France - Grant

2013 Open Society Foundations - Grant

2013 Prix Portfolio ANI - Vendôme, France - Award

2013 Magnum Emergency Fund - Nominee

2011 Magnum Emergency Fund - Nominee

2006 Septembre de la photographie, Lyon - Grant

2005 PhotoEspaña, Descubrimientos – Finalist

2000 Camel Trophy International/ Yes Magazine – Award





Indian Time Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal - Montréal, Canada

Indian Time - Gaspeg, Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie


Microcosme - FGO Barbara - Paris, France


Pipeline - Maison culture Frontenac - Montreal, Canada

Women in photography - Objectifs Centre - Singapore

Microcosme - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Paris, France


Pipeline - Château Musée Vodou - Strasbourg, France

Pipeline - Rencontres Internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie - Canada

Pipeline - Cortona on the Move, International Photography Festival - Cortona, Italy

Microcosme - Institut des Cultures d’Islam - Paris, France

Pipeline - Arvis, Associazione Arti Visive - Palermo, Italy


Pipeline - Pan, Palazzo Arti Napoli - Italy

Pipeline - Visa pour l’image - Perpignan, France

Pipeline - Promenades photographiques - Vendôme, France


Photissima, Turin, Italy


Pipeline - Italian Institute of Culture, Marseille, France


Ivrea Foto Festival - Ivrea, Italy


 Il futuro del mondo passa da qui - Amantes Gallery, Turin, Italy

Reflexions Masterclass - Marie du IVeme arr. Mois de la Photo, Paris, France


Circolo degli Artisti - Palazzo Graneri della Roccia, Turin, Italy

Dimensione massima 10x12cm - Festival Internazionale di Roma - Roma, Italy


Eros e Thanatos - Palazzina Santa Maria, Porto Antico - Genoa, Italy


Never been to Houston, Lawndale Art Center - Houston, Texas, Usa

Reflexions - Archivio Parisio - Naples, Italy


La région Humaine, Septembre de la photographie, Le Rectangle - Lyon, France

L`Afrique en face, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie - Arles, France

The Photographers - Milan, Italy


Ecuador-Genova, Piccolo Teatro del Mare - Genoa, Italy

Reflexions, Rencontres photographiques en Sud Gironde - Bordeaux, France

Steam, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce - Genoa, Italy

Ciudad, Descubrimientos, PhotoEspaña - Madrid, Spain

Trancity, Mache` Gallery - Turin, Italy


Passo Blu Gallery - Genoa, Italy

Epidèmia, Turin University - Turin, Italy

Nuova figurazione - Master Olofsgarden - Stockholm, Sweden


Dopo Atene 2003, XI Biennale degli Artisti del Mediterraneo - Turin, Italy

Sedminca Italijanske Kulture - Banja Luka, Bosnia 




Paris Goutte d’Or, Loco Éditions, 2018

Maktoub. Islam in Italy, Cibele Edizioni, 2017

Pipeline. Nigerian trafficking to Italy, Schilt Publishing, 2014

Cortona on the move, Scalpendi Editore, Milano, 2015

Reflexions Masterclass photographies 2002-2012, Actes Sud, Arles, 2012

Il futuro del mondo passa da qui, Scritturapura Edizioni, Asti, 2011

La region humaine/ Des corps dans la ville, Filigranes Editions, 2006




Newsweek Japan (Japan), Time (USA), Internazionale (Italy), Daily Mail (UK), Polka (France),

Afrique Magazine (France), Causette (France), Feature Shoot (USA), Die Zeit (Germany),

Fisheye (France), Io Donna - Italy, D di Repubblica - Italy, Domus, Elle (Italy), Max  (Italy),

GQ (Italy), Glamour (Italy), Specchio (Italy), Anna (Italy), Rockstar (Italy), Burn Magazine

(USA), Tauchsport (Austria), Gioia (Italy), Darwin (UK), The eye of photography, (USA),

Vocativ (USA), Esse (Canada), La fabrique culturelle (Canada), Le Devoir (Canada),

The Guardian (UK).