A photojournalist known for his outstanding photo project on L’Albergo Popolare, a shelter for the homeless in the San Frediano district of Florence, Jacopo Santini has covered the conclave and the election of Pope Francis and has had his photos published in Toscana Oggi and Le Journal de la Photographie. His photojournalism work spans Italy, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the United States, and Portugal.
Jacopo Santini is SACI’s MFA in Photography Co-Director. Since 2004, he has taught Color Photography and Black & White Photography at SACI and now leads the MFA Graduate Seminars for the MFA in Photography program.
Jacopo Santini’s work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany, as well as Serbia and the United States. He has worked as a photojournalist covering topics such as emigration and religious prosecution, and has visited Christian communities in Lebanon and Jordan, Syrian refugee camps, and Palestinian camps in Beirut and Dbayeh. He has completed work about the ancient town of the Alentejo region in Portugal, the Midwest of the United States, and the Abruzzo region of Italy. From 1999 through 2001, he was in charge of photographic documentation of restoration work conducted under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana Centro di Restauro.
Jacopo Santini has a Laurea in Law from the University of Florence.
The word "photography," coined by Sir John Herschel in the first half of 19th century, comes from Greek "photos" (light) and grapho (to write). For years I have tried to be faithful to the etymological origin of the word. When I am fortunate, I am able to tell stories by using photographs as “words,” “phrases,” or “chapters.” The telling of stories can be a worthy and noble occupation—if it arises from a truly personal need. People tell stories to preserve a memory of what might otherwise be forgotten or to communicate a sense of the fragile beauty of transient things. They do so under the illusion that an order can be established that, in the words of the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, can serve "to reduce the fever of feeling." Photography, unlike any other medium, shortens the distance between the idea and its realization—between sense and what is sensed—by retaining the passion of the first impact.