Biography

Biographical Summary
Born in 1964, Marco D’Anna began his career very early on as a photo-reporter in Lugano.
He received the Federal Diploma of Photography in 1984 and continued to shape his professional career by following such important photographers as Gabriele Basilico, René Burri, René Groebli and Mario De Biasi.
In 1986 he opened his Studio in Lugano (Switzerland). Numerous experiences of differentiating significance have been woven into the path of his artistic research and professional growth, from photo-reporting to the reproduction of art objects, from architectural photographs to advertising images. He lives and works in Lugano.

Main Personal and Collective Exhibitions

1985 “Ritratti di musicisti Jazz”, Town Hall, Lugano, personal
1988 “Foto d’autore”, Varese, collective
1992 “Polaroid 50 x 60”, Cons Arc Gallery, Chiasso, collective
1993 “La via della Croce”, Zust Museum, Rancate, collective 
1996 “Young Swiss Artists”, National Congress, Montreux, collective 
1997 “Polaroid stand”, Photokina, Köln, collective 
1997 “Portraits of Jazz musicians”, Tan Gallery, Zürich, personal 
1999 “Portraits of Jazz musicians”, Salle Gavot, Paris, collective 
1999 “Con la coda dell’occhio, la Svizzera dal 1848 al 1998”, Swiss Foundation for Photography, travelling exhibition, collective 
1999 “10 Years of the Gallery”, Gottardo Gallery, Lugano, collective 
2000 “La Svizzera Italiana 
1999”, Cantonal Art Museum, Lugano, personal 
2000 “International Photography Meeting”, Oskar Barnak Leica Award, Arles, screening 
2001 “Durante”, Swiss Cultural Center, Milan, personal 
2001 “La Svizzera Italiana”, Swiss Museum of Photo Cameras, Vevey, personal 
2003 “Cara a Cara”, Culturgest Centre, Lisbon, collective 
2004 “Je t’envisage”, Elysée Museum, Lausanne, collective 
2004 “Art Objects from the Municipality of Chiasso”, Cons Arc Gallery, Chiasso, collective 
2004 “Il ritorno della memoria”, Swiss Cultural Center, Venice, personal 
2004 “Odyssey”, Leica Gallery, Nidau, collective  
2004 “Il ritorno della memoria”, Casa Rusca Museum, Locarno, personal 
2005 “Ethiopia -The Track of the Scorpion”, Hugo Pratt, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Pierre Wazem, Marco D’Anna, Comic Strip Festival Angoulême, France, travelling exhibition to several European cities, the island of Reunion and at the Swiss Cultural Centre in Rome. 
2006 “Merlot: the land, the people, the wine”, Matasci Art Centre, Tenero, personal 
2006 “Merlot: the land, the people, the wine”, Italian Cultural Institute and Hyatt Hotel ; an exhibition organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Centre responsible for foreign cultural policy, New Delhi, India, personal 
2007 “Mnemosine for Venice”, Church of San Stae, Pierre Casé sculptures, Angelo Casé poetry, Marco D’Anna photography, Venice, collective 
2007 “Teff”, Ex-gallery de l’Elac, Hugo Pratt words, Marco D’Anna photography, Lausanne, personal 
2007 “Bianconero immagini rivelate”, Cons Arc Gallery, Chiasso, collective 
2008 “Oltre la trama”, Fabrik Raum 5 Gallery, Melchnau, personal 
2009 “Images of Passion BSI”, Gallery H, Bangkok Thailand, collective 
2010 “Teff”, Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn Film Festival, Hugo Pratt words, Marco D’Anna photography, Solothurn personal 
2010 « Fotografie contro la leucemia per Mario De Stefanis », Bel Vedere Gallery, Milan, collective  
2011 « Lo scorrere del fiume, l’opera dell’uomo », Sasso Corbaro Castel, Bellinzona, collective 

2011 “I luoghi dell’avventura”, Museum of Modern Art, Hugo Pratt drawings and watercolours, Marco Steiner words, Marco D’Anna photography, Lugano 

2011 “Projet corrida”, Ammann Gallery of Modern Art, René Burri and Marco D’Anna photography, Locarno 2011 “Hugo Pratt, i luoghi dell’avventura”, Koiné Gallery, Scicli, Sicily, personal 
2012 “Le marin et le photographe”, Swiss in the world Museum, Geneva, personal 
2012 “Polaroid Transfer”, Donetta Foundation, Corzoneso, personal 
2014 “At the roots of the food and agriculture innovations”, Expo 2015, Milan, Rome, Torino, personal 2014 “To follow the train of thought”, Buchmann Gallery, Agra, collective 2014 “The crow’s artists”, Nuages Gallery, Milan, collective 
2014 “ At the roots of food and agriculture innovations”, Soirée Suisse, Mission of Switzerland to the EU, Brussels, personal 
2015 “De Cordoue à Palerme ”, Hôtel de ville, Paris, personal 
2015 “Flowers for You.”, Buchmann Gallery, Agra, collective 
2015 “Flowers for You ”, Kunst 15, Zürich, collective 
2015 “Ticino in luce" Castelgrande, Bellinzona, collective
2015 “Official Swiss Image”, Swiss Pavillon Expo 2015, Milan, personal 
2016 “Oltre”, Buchmann Gallery, Agra, personal 
2016 Swiss press photo 16, LAC, Lugano, collective
2017 Corto Maltese, Conversation avec Irène, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Tournai, BE, multimedia project
2017 Sulle vie dell’Illuminazione. Il mito dell’India nella cultura occidentale 1808- 2017, MASI, Lugano, collective

Collections 

1991 In the Collection of the Swiss Foundation for Photography 
1992 In the Collection of the Gotthard Bank Foundation 
1996 In the Collection of the Municipality of Chiasso 
1998 In the American Polaroid Collection 
2005 In the Ticino Cantonal Collection 
2007 In the Banca Stato Collection 
2012 In the Collection of the Municipality of Lugano 
2013 In the Collection of the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Ginevra Since 1990, in numerous private collections 

Books 

 • 1996 Published the volume about the World Cycling Championships “Those days for everyone, the story of an idea that became global”, Enrico Carpani, Buona Stampa Publisher, Lugano 
• 1997 Published the volume “Winds of Estival”, Twenty years of Lugano Estival Jazz, Fontana Publisher, Pregassona 
• 1999 Published the volume “La Svizzera Italiana 1999”, RTSI Publisher, introduced by René Burri. Work also visible on the www.rtsi.ch website
• 2004 Published the volume “Il ritorno della memoria”, Swiss General Consulate, Milan 
 • 2005 Published the volume “Ethiopia -The Track of the Scorpion”, Casterman and Lizard Publishers, Belgium, Rome, photographs also published in the prestigious National Geographic magazine 
 • 2006 Published the volume “Danke - Thank you”, Portraits of the Lantal Groupe Personnel, Renata and Urs Baumann, Langenthal 
 • 2006 Published the volume “Merlot”, Matasci and Poncioni Publisher, Losone, introduced by Mario De Biasi and Alberto Nessi 
• 2007 Published the volume “Teff”, Hugo Pratt words and Marco D’Anna images, Flon Publisher, Lausanne 
 • 2008 Published the preface of “La giovinezza” of Hugo Pratt, with the writer Marco Steiner, Casterman-Rizzoli Publisher 
 • 2009 Published the volume “…Oltre la trama”, Polaroid Transfer, introduced by Pierre Casé, Lantal Groupe, Renata and Urs Baumann, Langenthal 
 • 2008-2010 Published the Prefaces of the fourteen volumes about “Corto Maltese ” of Hugo Pratt, with the writer Marco Steiner, Casterman-Rizzoli Publisher 
 • 2011 Published the volume “I luoghi dell’avventura”, which collect in a unique volume the synthesis of all the prefaces of the fourteen Corto Maltese’s adventures around the world, Rizzoli-Lizard-Casterman Publisher 
• 2012 Published the volume “Le marin et le photographe”, Infolio Publisher, Swiss in the world Museum, Geneva 
• 2012 Published the volume “Rencontre avec Marco D’Anna”, Camille Verdier text, Infolio Publisher, Swiss in the world Museum, Geneva 
• 2012 Published the volume “Polaroid”, Donetta Fondation, Corzoneso 
 • 2013 Published the volume “Projet Corrida”, René Burri e Marco D’Anna, Infolio Publisher, Swiss in the world Museum, Geneva 
• 2016 Published the volume ““Il gioco delle perle di Venezia” Gianni Berengo Gardin, Marco D’Anna, Hugo Pratt, Marco Steiner , Rizzoli-Lizard Publisher 

Other significant experiences 

 • Since 1989 to 2006, collaboration with Mario Botta, architect, Lugano 
 • From 1992 to 1997, collaboration with publisher Franco Maria Ricci, Milan 
 • 1998 “Best of Italy”, prize at the Final European Polaroid Art Award competition 
 • 2000 Worked on the theme of political asylum in Switzerland, a documentary study commissioned for the first time to an independent photographer by the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees in Bern 
• 2001 The Leica Courrier magazine published the portfolio “Photos in movement in the biggest cities in the world” 
 • En 2002, published a monographic for Fiat on “Lancia Thesis” 
 • From 2003 represented in Italy by “Studio Immagine”, Milan 
 • 2011 “Projet corrida”, his first video & photo work, with René Burri of Magnum Agency, is presented at the Locarno Film Festival 
 • 2011-2013 “Projet corrida” is projected in several context : Cult TV (RSI), Centre Culturel Suisse of Paris, Solothurn Film Festival (Switzerland), Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) in Montréal, Musée de l’Elysée - Nuit des images in Lausanne, Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Ginevra, Fondazione Donetta, Corzoneso 
• 2013 carries out a photographic project “At the roots of the food and agriculture innovations” by order of Présence Suisse of the DFAE (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), Swiss official picture for Expo 2015.
From 2014 Marco D’Anna is represented by the Buchmann Galerie Agra/Lugano