Lino Sprizzi was born in Rome, 67 years ago and he get his first 24x36 camera when he was 14. He started taking photographs, and at the same time he started to study the light and the image composition. Very early he understands, that his very deep interest was to shoot more than he can, to better understand the power of photography so he went on the street taking pictures of everything and everybody was in front of his 35mm lens.
At the age of 22 he meets the Italian photo reporter Mario De Renzis (1940-2023), who changed his way to see try to tell a story trough a frame. Following Mario on his work,Lino matured his need to meet different people and approaching different cultures and he understood that photography was the right way to achieve that.
At the same moment he had the opportunity to move to London, and so the circle was completed. Lino studied economy (nobody is perfect !!) and for many years he continues traveling all around Europe for his work,continuing exploring photography, shooting always and everywhere. Two main recommendations from his Master were driving Lino during his photography growth: the first was to have always a camera with him and the second was to be first of all passionate of photography and not “only” a salaried from photography, remaining free to shoot without to have to accept professional compromise. So it has been.
At the end of the summer 2004, Lino, for the first time, exhibits his street photography work in a collective Exhibition in Rome.
The year 2005 was a very important moment for Lino who, in July went for the first time to Arles, at the “Rencontres photographiques”. Since then, he started to show his work to agencies and magazines, but always bearing in mind to remain free, respecting his passion first.
In October 2005, he was invited to a Jewish marriage and he decided to start a project on the Jewish story. The idea was to link the past with the present; images of joy, contrasting with the horror of the past, with the distress of the Concentration Camps. This project, later named “Links” from the American photographer Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos Agency) during a Workshop held in Munich, is still ongoing.
In 2012 Lino exhibit in Munich and in Dachau, his KIDS Unposed Portraits project, a look to the world of kids.
In 2014 Lino exhibit in the Leica Store Zurich his Venice landscapes reportage
In 2016 Lino exhibit his work, for the second time, in the Leica Store Zurich his Los Angeles Streetphotography work
In 2016, others two exhibitions followed, in Munich and Berlin (500 years of Venice Jewish Ghetto – a project commissioned by the Europäische Janusz Korczak Akademie )
In 2017 Lino exhibit in the Leica Store Zurich his Studio Portraits Portfolio
In 2022 LINKS project has been exhibited, to celebrate the Holocaust Memorial Day, in:
- ITALY - Pieve di Soligo (TV) 27/1/22 - 17/2/22 - Photos Exhibition
- SWITZERLAND - Zurich - 17/3/22 Slides Show on Book Reading organized by Italian Cultural Institute
Between 2011 and 2016, Lino participated to five Workshops organized by Magnum Photos Agencies, having the possibility to meet and develop his personal projects with five photographers:
- 2011 - Munich with Christopher Anderson
- 2012 - Rome with Moises Saman
- 2012 - Turin with Alex Majoli
- 2014 – Tokyo with Jacob Aue Sobol
- 2016 – Lisbon with Nikos Economopoulos
From 2002, Lino lives in Switzerland from where, he says: “ you always need to leave for a journey and where is always nice to be back home”.
From 2017 to 2019 Lino opened the StudioLSphotography in Dietikon (ZH) and in that period his photographic vision was focused on Studio Portraits and Fashion photography.
Since beginning of 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the reportages and street photography activities have been limited and replaced with landscapes and urban architecture project.