Giovanni's Stories



Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, Documentary

Charleroi, La Ville Noire, a small town close to Bruxelles, symbolizes by itself the whole of Europe. The collapse of industrial manufacturing, the rising unemployment, the increasing immigration, the outbreak of micro-criminality. The regression of the social welfare, the lack of a shared identity.

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About Giovanni


Director and photographer, Troilo moves between the world of cinema, television, publishing, and advertising. He began filming and taking photographs at a young age; by now, nearly twenty years later, the list of his important collaborative projects is impressive. Troilo’s work has been published in Newsweek Japan, Der Spiegel, D La Repubblica, GQ Italy, CNN, Wired Italy, Wired UK, Wired Corea, Wired Germany, Ventiquattro, Wallpaper, GQ Spain, Io Donna, Flair, Sport&Street, Velvet and Urban. In 2011 he directed Fan Pio, his first feature length film, and published in Germany his first book, Apulien, awarded as best photographic book at the International Photography Awards in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015 Troilo directed three series of documentaries about famous Italian photographers and several documentaries for Sky Arte.

In 2015 with the project La Ville Noire, The Dark Heart of Europe he was awarded as People Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards. In 2016 Triumphs and Laments, his film documentary about the South African artist William Kentridge was in competion at Rome International Film Festival and Coeurope, his new work in Belgium on contemporary Europe, was in competition at IDFA.

Troilo is currently working on a new series for Sky Arts, on his second feature length film and on several photographic projects. Giovanni Troilo, 39, was born in Putignano. He graduated in Economics with a degree on Geography of Development.

Age 40
Nationality Italian
Born in Putignano, Italy
Based in Italy
Languages spoken English, French, Italian
Specialisations Portrait, Contemporary Issues

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