Alessio Cupelli was born in Liège in 1981 and grew up in his parents’ photographic studio in Pescara. After studying cinema at Dams in Bologna, he moved to Rome where he obtained a three-year master’s degree at the Roman School of Photography, graduating in 2011.
In that same year he began his collaboration with the photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin, with whom he still works today. In about four years he toured all five continents working with the international agency Magnum Photos for commercial campaigns (including Nike, BCG, Ubs, Reda, Fred Perry, Bestaff) and journalistic reports (for La Stampa, Zeit, Time Magazine , New York Times Magazine and Dazed & Confused). From these travels and these experiences “Some Kind of Records” was born, a sort of photographic notebook that in June 2015 goes on display at the Rome photography festival Fotoleggendo.
In 2012, he was one of the founders of 001, a photographic collective at the same time a personal studio, a creative space for exhibitions and book presentations, an independent editorial project and a training center for young photographers.
Since the end of 2015 he has started working on “Nadab“, the story of the Syrian diaspora in collaboration with the humanitarian association Intersos, a long-term project that has led him to travel till now to Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. A first part of this work is presented in the summer of 2016 in a permanent installation at Villa Ada Incontra il Mondo, in Rome and the following year a wider selection is exhibited in the Palazzo della Provincia in Lodi on the occasion of the Festival Edition of Ethical Photography. In 2019, the entire body of work is presented in a solo exhibition sponsored by the Lazio Region at the WEGIL museum in Rome.
Also in collaboration with Intersos, in 2018 he curates the transmedia documentary Relocated Identities, which talks about life of Syrian refugees in Jordan, made with the support of ECHO European Union Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid Operations, presented and exhibited in Rome, Milan Brussels and Amman.
In 2020 he collaborates with the photographer Alec Soth, for Magnum Photos, on the realization of Gucci’s commercial campaign.
His works have been published by various newspapers, such as La Lettura, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, La Repubblica, Il Venerdì di Repubblica and Avvenire.