Christopher Capozziello (b. 1980) was raised in Milford, Connecticut. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in photojournalism with a concentration in perspectives on religion.
During his college years he interned at The Sun Herald in Gulfport, Mississippi, and the Dallas Morning News, in Dallas, Texas. In Mississippi, he worked on a racism project apart from his internship, which earned him first place in the Alexia Foundation Grant, a competition that honors photographic work that enhances cultural understanding. In 2006, after TIME published ‘A Diary of Healing,’ his two-year story about one woman’s experiences through breast cancer, he began freelancing fulltime and later that year, helped form the Aevum photography collective. The collective has since disbanded, but the members remain close.
Chris’ work has been honored with many awards including a World Press Photo Award, POYi’s Community Awareness Award (finalist), POYi’s Best Photography Book (finalist), The Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographer Award, the Santa Fe Prize in Photography (HM) among many others. Previously he has also received grant support from the National Press Photographer’s Association.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous group shows, and a number of solo exhibitions that include the Freelens Gallery in Hamburg, Germany, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Julia Dean Photo Workshops in Los Angeles, California, 360 Gallery at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Yours Gallery in Warsaw, Poland.
Chris’ debut book, about his twin brother Nick, “The Distance Between Us,” was published in October 2013 with Edition Lammerhuber, an Austrian based publisher. Nick has cerebral palsy. The book demonstrates their love and hope set against Chris’ pain and frustration as he watches Nick experience life with much more struggle and pain than he does.
Chris has collaborated with clients including TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, Le Monde, Open Society Institute, Neon Magazine, MSNBC, and has successfully crowd-funded one of his projects via kickstarter.
He currently lives in Shelton, Connecticut, ten miles from his twin brother, where he works on many of his photographic stories.