Davide Monteleone is a photographer and visual journalist with extensive work related to Russia and post-Soviet countries. Born in Italy, he has lived in Moscow for long periods of time since 2001, and has published five books about the region (Dusha, Russian Soul – 2007; La Linea Inesistente – 2009; Red Thistle – 2012; Spasibo – 2013;The April Theses – 2017). Davide’s projects, which primarily focus on social and geopolitical issues, have earned him multiple awards and grants, including several World Press Photo prizes, the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award, and Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Monteleone regularly contributes to leading publications across the globe, and his work has been presented as installations, exhibitions, and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide, from the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and Saatchi Gallery in London to the MEP in Paris and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. During the occasion of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he went on assignment for National Geographic exploring the region’s deep-rooted culture and customs in cities and towns along the Volga River. Other stories cover a range of subjects, such as life in the remote Pamir mountains of Tajikistan and refugees along Greece’s northern border with Macedonia. Currently pursuing a masters in art and politics from the Goldsmiths University in London, Davide is also active as a curator and educator for numerous institutions and international workshops.