Photojournalist & Film-maker, Piero Pomponi
Piero Pomponi was born in 1965 in Nettuno, Italy. His family upbringing and education at the institute Casamari San Bernardo,in Italy, formed his humanitarian approach and interest in documenting world events.
As a young man in 1983 Piero began his travels and started his journey as a freelance photojournalist. His work was published in Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Paese Sera, Panorama and L'Espresso, covering the events in East Africa first and then in South-East Asia.
From the start Piero realized that his vocation was to capture the truth, and 'a picture of actuality' began. With this uppermost in his mind Piero began his travels around the world from a primary base in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, from here Piero’s work took him to: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Asia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines. The African continenent including Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the former Zaire and now Congo in Africa,.
In 1997, Piero went to Colombia making his base in Bogota, and for the next 5 years he documented the current affairs and events of Latin America. During this period, Pieros’ groundbreaking work documented the war on drug trafficking in Colombia and the ongoing conflicts in the country amongst various outlaw groups for various internatioanl publications: The New York Times , Newsweek International, Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Focus, Stern, Der Spiegel, Reuters, the BBC and the list goes on.
Piero also captured human interest stories in particular his world exculusive photographs of Hans Ertl, who was the official photographer of Hitler and the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and also the reports of Colombian paramilitary leader of the AUC, the 'Italian-Colombian Salvatore Mancuso, alias "El Mono".
In April of 2002, Piero returned to Africa, settling in Kampala, Uganda, where he now permanently resides. Here he follows the socio political events of African and its sub-continent producing images as a photographer and documentary film-maker for Italian and foreign television networks, with the production company World Focus International.
Piero speaks several languages, has a degree in International Politics and a Masters in the global effects of Islamic Fundamentalism. He divides his time, between work in the field as a photo-journalist and teacher at various institutions, including the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Piero has published three books and made several short films and charitable television commercials for the international organisation FOR A SMILE ONLUS, that focus on ethnographic anthropological issues. He works as a photojournalist and film-maker, based in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa.