about me

Born in Livorno (Tuscany), I took my highschool diploma in the Arts, and then moved to Florence to study graphics and advertising. My passion for communication took me to Milan, where I currently live and work as an art director for fashion and design firms. After 25 years of reviewing other people’s pictures, I decided to start taking photos by and of myself. Through photography I hope both to convey the world I live in, of which I am consciously a prisoner, and to find a way of communicating authentically, which is often difficult because of my strong sense of privacy. The element of water is often present in my shots, whether in the form of rain, tears or humble public swimming pools. Water cleans, soothes and swallows, becoming the only escape. This quote of Micheal Ackerman’s is particularly meaningful for me: “I try to escape the traps of reality all the while preserving a link to the real. Because photos are not inventions but meeting points”.

2014. “Laboratorio residenza di fotografia: la camera oscura”, teacher Mariano Dallago
2015. “Fotografia”, teacher Marco Alfredo Bressan
2016. “Reportage ed editing fotografico”, teacher Sara Munari
2016. “Assignment”, teacher Marco Alfredo Bressan
2013. “La memoria dell’Acqua” (Bologna, Italy)
2013. “Modalità Femminili: ritratti, storie, racconti, fughe in 10 scatti di Anna La Stella e Isabella Sommati” (Milan)
2014. “FestivArt della Follia” (Turin, Italy)
2014. “Donna, acqua, transito, risacca” (Varese, Italy)
2014. “La poetica del corpo, il corpo poetico” (Turin, Italy)
2014. “Espressiooni, del sentire umano” (Milan, Italy)
2015. “Donna, fuoco, focolare, passione” (Varese, Italy)
2015. “SeeMe Exhibitions” – Louvre (Paris, France)
2015. “Paraphoto – Paratissima” (Turin, Italy)
2015. “Portrait Salon 2015” – Embassy Tea Gallery (London, U.K. – Tokyo, Japan)
2016. “The favorite photograph exibition”, “Valentine exibition” – Lenscratch (USA, online)
2016. “The Blue Hour: a photographic weatherly story by Katia Morichetti & Isabella Sommati” (Milan, Italy)
2016. “Black Sea” – Boutographies Festival – Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier (The Jury’s projection, Montpellier, France)
2016. “Black Sea” – 3rd Documentary Photography Days in Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)
2016. “Black Sea” – Slideluck Dallas (Dallas, USA)
2016. “Roots|Radici” with Katia Morichetti – A.M.A. Festival (Brescia, Italy)
2016. “My Dark Soul” – Micro Slideluck Graz (Graz, Austria)
2016. “Black Sea” – Indian Photo Festival – Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India)
2016. “Circuit Off – Rosignano Foto Festival” (Castiglioncello, Italy)
2016. “My Dark Soul” – Wanted Cinema (Milan, Italy)
2016. “Hands” – Slideluck Montevideo (Montevideo, Uruguay)
2016. “Black Sea” – Slideluck del Café (Manizales, Colombia)
2017. “Love letters exibition” – Lenscratch (USA, online)
2017. “Ghosts in the supermarket” by Katia Morichetti & Isabella Sommati (Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy)
2017. “Eyes of the world – Art of the Portrait” – Sixteen Mile Arts (Milton, ON, USA)
2017. “12X12X1” – Milano PhotoWeek (Milan, Italy)
2017. “Ghosts in the supermarket” by Katia Morichetti & Isabella Sommati – Byopaper 2017, Les Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France)
2017. “Ghosts in the supermarket” – Slideluck London (Ontario, USA)
2017. “Black Sea” Photobook – Indian Photo Festival – Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India)
2017. “London Image Festival” (London, U.K.)
2015. The Exposure Award, Portraiture Collection (printed)
2015. “Black Sea” – F-Stop “Telling Stories” (USA, online)
2015. “BlackSea” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2016. One Shot – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, printed)
2016. Urban Eye Magazine (U.K., online)
2016. “We all made of poetry” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2016. “Roots|Radici” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2016. Oscura #2 Issue (Italy, printed)
2016. “Water” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2016. “My Dark Soul” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2017. “Gluttony” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2017. “#iosonoelsa” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italia, online)
2017. “Ghost in the supermarket” – F-Stop “Identity & Community” (USA, online)
2017. “Black Sea” – #Photography Magazine, n.19 Issue (UK, online)
2017. “The Blue Hour” – ArtAbout Magazine (Italy, online)
2017. “Black Sea” self-published book (Italy, printed)
2017. “Black Sea” – Dodho Magazine (Spain, online)
2017. “Underwater World” – Dodho Magazine (Spain, online)
2017. Interview on Progresso fotografico, n.48 (Italy, printed)
2017. “Ghost in the supermarket” – Zetaesse, digestioni critiche “Sparire” (Italy, online)
2017. “Gli oceani e il regalo del tempo” – Style Watch, Corriere della Sera (Italy, printed)
2015. 3rd prize – MIFA Photography Contest (Moscow, Russia)
2016. Honorable Mention IPPAWARDS
2016. Honorable Mention MIFA Photography Contest (Moscow, Russia)
2016. 2nd prize – TIFA, Tokyo International Foto Awards (Tokyo, Japan)
2017. Featured as Artist Slideluck by Slideluck Editorial
2017. Honorable Mention FIIPA – Awards Fiof (Italy)
2017. Honorable Mention Monovision Photography Awards (USA)