After a degree in Educational Science, he started teaching photography and he has done it for 5 years.
«I still take analogical photos, as well as digital. Most of my work is printed on film, using acids and enlargers».
He collaborates with Italian and foreign newspapers, mainly on reportages: «What I love more is telling a human story, representing the minorities who would otherwise find it hard to be heard» like the story of Scampia, to which he recently dedicated one of his work.
During the Jubilee of Mercy, Michele Cirillo was in St Peter's Square, in Rome, to take a few photos of the event.
«While I was looking at my colleagues all turned towards the centre of the square, towards the celebrations, I turned round the other way; I began to look around and realised who was in the square, and what feelings were present».
This young, talented photo-reporter, looking again at his photos from St Peter's Square, reflected on the idea of mercy, so remote from the faces of the people he had photographed, each one of them absorbed by something else - a smartphone, for example.
He therefore asked himself: what stories of mercy do these faces tell?
During his many reportages, he has become a fan of the subject of misery. «It was a really strong drive. Wealth is the same for everyone, as it falls onto things. Poverty falls on people. That is why it is different for everyone».
Among the faces photographed on the inaugural morning of the Jubilee year, he has inserted photos taken in Ecuador, Palestine and Tanzania, photos that tell the story of human poverty. The effect is alienating, disturbing and powerful.
The story has been written by Giogio Ghiotti, writer.