Romano Maniglia was born in Buonabitacolo (Salerno, Italy) in 1981. He attended the art school and later the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara where he graduated with honors in "Visual Arts" discussing a thesis in photojournalism.
Over the years he has become more and more passionate about photography and he has gradually approached photo-reportage. His interest is above all the documentary photography, with a social focus. Its main subjects are the migrants, the environmental issues and the job’s world.
Since 2015 he embarked a freelance career. He collaborates with some Italian magazines and newspapers (L’Espresso, Il Venerdì, Il Manifesto, Left, Internazionale). In 2018 he has taken part in the photographic group of the Italian photo-reporter Valerio Bispuri.
In January 2017 he went to Belgrad (Serbie) to carry out a work about migrants and refugees that tried to get to Europe on the Balkan route. This reportage was awarded by Uliano Lucas and Gianni Berengo Gardin at the first edition of the “Mario Dondero” award in Brescia.
In June 2017 he achieved a project at Agbogbloshie’s dump (Ghana) : the biggest electronic waste disposal site in Africa. He documented the life of the workers at Agbogbloshie’s dump and in the nearby “Old Fadama”’s ghetto. This reportage, called “The Damned Yard”, was published by the Italian newspapers Left and Il Manifesto.
In 2018 he started a long-term project about workers who have lost their jobs for several reasons. This project has started in Buenos Aires (Argentina) where the metal factory Canale producing jars for food was at risk of being closed.
In Italy the project includes the events of the factory Whirlpool in Naples that has closed its doors on October 31st. These photos were published by L’Espresso on 22 November.
Parallel to these works, he has started a project about the life of the shepherds in the mountains of southern Italy.