Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Vincenzo Pietropaolo (born in 1951) is an award-winning photographer known for photographs that display an empathy for his subjects, who has focussed on documentary photography.[1] In 2011, Satu Repo wrote about the first of Pietropaolo's photographs to be published, in 1971, in This magazine. Those photos were of immigrant workers, on strike outside Artistic Woodwork. She described how "The photos were remarkable in both their intensity and intimacy. You were face-to-face with these men, solemn but determined, exercising their right to organize. You couldn't help but share the photographer's clear empathy for them."

Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Born1951 (age 6768)
Known forsocial commentary

Since then Pietropaolo's photographs have been widely published, have been the subject of gallery shows, and have won awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award.[1][2][3]

During the 1970s and 1980s Pietropaolo also worked in the field of city planning, choosing to devote himself exclusively to photography in 1991.[4][5][6]


  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo; Catherine Frazee; Wayne Johnston (2010). Invisible No More: A Photographic Chronicle of the Lives of People With Intellectual Disabilities. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813547688.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo (2009). Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada. Between the Lines. ISBN 9781897071540.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo; Preface by Nino Ricci (2006). Not Paved with Gold: Italian-Canadian Immigrants in The 1970s. Between the Lines. ISBN 9781897071083.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo; Cecelia Elisabeth Burke Lawless (2002). Making Home in Havana. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813530949.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo (photographs), Introductory essay by Sam Gindin (2000). Canadians at Work / Canadiens au travail. Canadian Auto Workers.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo; Text by Jean Cochrane (2000). Kensington. Boston Mills Press. ISBN 9781896357225.
  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo; Introduction by Catherine MacLeod (1999). Celebration of resistance: Ontario's Days of Action. Between the Lines. ISBN 9781896357225.
  • Satu Repo with Giuliana Colalillo and Vincenzo Pietropaolo (1978). Marco and Michela (Where We Live). James Lorimer & Company. ISBN 9780888621726.


  1. Satu Repo (8 June 2011). "This45: Satu Repo on documentary photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo". This Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Pietropaolo, born in 1951 in Italy, has had a long career as an independent, socially committed photographer ever since his first publication in This. He has exhibited around the world and won numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award in 2010.
  2. "Vincenzo Pietropaolo portfolio". Stephen Bulger Gallery. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  3. Phil Anderson. "Through The Lens. A Photographic Journey with Vincenzo Pietropaolo". Retrieved May 2013. His art practice has evolved into many photographic series and eight photographic books such as Celebration of Resistance (1999), Harvest Pilgrims (2009), Making Home in Havana (2002) and Not Paved With Gold (2006) as well many writings and essays. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. Christopher Hutsul (5 September 2004). "Building toward today's Toronto". Toronto Star. p. B.02. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  5. John Spears (17 April 1996). "Donation to help immigrants adjust `Lucky' man says thanks with aid to skills agency". Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Vincenzo Pietropaolo. An urban planner by training, Pietropaolo became a full-time photographer whose latest work depicts the lives of migrant workers
  6. J.P. Antonacci (1 November 2009). "People have no idea where our food comes from". Corriere Canadese Tandem Magazine. Retrieved May 2013. Italo-Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has long had an interest in documenting the immigrant experience. After coming to Toronto as a 12-year-old boy from his native Calabria, Pietropaolo studied photography until finally leaving a career in city planning to focus his lens on issues of social justice. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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