Born in 1973, Luigi Fieni has photographed landscapes, culture, and the cultural heritage of the Himalayas for more than two decades, while working as a conservator of Tibetan art, for a project funded by The American Himalayan Foundation.
As his background is mostly painting, his work is constantly trying to merge photography with painting, experimenting on movement, blur and emotions, trying to produce photographs that are as pictorial as possible.
Fieni never had a proper mentor but the books of his favorite photographers. Toscani’s subversity, Koudelka’s intensity, Salgado’s emotions, Fontana’s abstractionism and Ansel Adams’ technique. The art of Schiele, Munch, Klimt and the whole impressionism movement were a strong source of influence as well.
His photography has been exhibited in America, Europe and Asia, and his work is part of private collections worldwide, counting prominent venues such as The Manggha Museum (Krakow, Poland), The Taragaon Museum (Kathmandu, Nepal) and The Contemporary Art Collection of The Vatican Museums (Vatican City).
Fieni has collaborated with The National Geographic Society, The North Face, The Getty Images, The Financial Times, Meridiani, The Mill Valley Film Group, Skydoor Productions, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Kham Aid Foundation, The Apeiron Foundation, HPRC, Orticolario and Bauer Media.
He also appeared in several documentaries including Mustang: Journey of Transformation (Mill Valley Film Group, 2008), Lost Caves Temples (National Geographic, 2009), Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves (National Geographic, 2009), Les Chemins du Silence (RTS Switzerland, 2012), Mustang - Das Tor Zum Himmel im Himalaya (3Sat Germany, 2013), Mustang: Le Royaume Des Peintres Paysans (France 5, 2015).
Currently he is represented by PhotoKunst (Friday Harbor, USA) and PhotoEye Gallery – Photographer’s Showcase (Santa Fe, USA). He works as a freelance photographer, as a conservator and devotes his time to the preservation of the Tibetan culture.