Alessia Glaviano is a leading figure in the panorama of international photographic criticism, the Head of Global PhotoVogue and Director of the PhotoVogue Festival.
In 2011 Glaviano launched PhotoVogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.
Now in its 12th year, counting over 300,000 photographers, from amateurs to professionals, hailing from all over the world, the PhotoVogue platform relaunched in early 2022 to expand globally as well as to soon include media in all forms.
The mission of PhotoVogue has always been, and will continue to be, to champion talent, both emerging and established, and influence visual literacy to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. PhotoVogue’s open calls for submissions helped launch the careers of photographers like Nadine Ijewere, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Kyle Weeks, Camila Falquez, Kennedi Carter, Scandebergs, and Mous Lamrabat, among others.
In her 20-plus years with Condé Nast, in addition to launching and overseeing PhotoVogue, Alessia has also driven select special events and curated exhibitions in prestigious museums and institutions with some of the most important artists of our times; developed Vogue Italia’s Instagram strategy; curated a series of Masters of Photography video interviews; and led the art direction of numerous digital branded-content projects, such as Gucci beauty’s iconic story featuring Ellie Goldstein.
In order to have a physical and virtual space in time to bring the community together and further the conversation around the promotion of creativity, diversity and justice in image-making, in 2016 Glaviano directed in Milan the first edition of the PhotoVogue Festival. The event marked the first conscious fashion photography festival dedicated to the shared ground between Ethics and Aesthetics, bound to an influential fashion publication, and engaging the whole city of Milan with talks, exhibitions and photography-related initiatives. The 7 editions of the festival from 2016 to 2022 were always met with critical and public success.
Besides the editorial activity, Alessia holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: University of Brighton, Central Saint Martins, IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.
Glaviano was invited to participate as jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo, the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award; and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the “New York Times Portfolio Reviews”.