Armando Rotoletti (born in Messina, 1958) studied photography at the St. Mary College of London and the former London Polytechnic (now University of Westminster).
In the mid-80s, Rotoletti moved to Milan where he worked as a photojournalist and between 1985 and 1995, his works appeared in both personal and ensemble exhibitions. In 1990, he was invited by Grazia Neri to join her renowned agency, where he started taking portrait pictures of renowned subjects from the worlds of culture, entertainment and economy.
Rotoletti’s work has since been published in many notable magazines, such as the Corriere della Sera’s supplements “Sette” (with whom he has consistently worked for over twenty years) and “Io Donna”, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times.
Over the past fifteen years or so, Rotoletti has pursued several larger projects, for instance the Casa della Carità. I volti le storie (“Casa della Carità. Faces, Stories”, 2005), about a shelter run by Father Colmegna’s Foundation – and Barbers of Sicily (2007), a reportage on the last few traditional barber shops on the island. On the other hand, Rotoletti has also been doing landscapes and face-scapes of notorious food and agricultural areas, such as Langhe and Food Valley. People of Barbaresco (2013), is the first result of this new commitment.
Rotoletti’s work Circoli di conversazione a Biancavilla (“Talking Circles of Biancavilla”, 2013) gives viewers an anthropological insight into a small town on Mount Etna, facing an uncertain fate and in constant conflict with modernization.
Another recently released book, Valelapena (2013), gives an account of redemption stories in the prison of Alba, where inmates are allowed to work in the centre’s vineyard.
Whereas, Scicli, city of joy (2014) is a photographic tale of one of the most charming Baroque towns in the South East of Sicily.
In 2015, Rotoletti published Etna: Wine and People, which chronicles Mount Etna’s extraordinary territory and its wine renaissance. His book Il volto dell’IO (“The face of the soul”, 2015), exhibits 50 portraits of Italian philosophers taken throughout the last decade; while Noto. Stones and Faces (2015) showcases Sicilian towns’ uniqueness and beauty through pictures. Striking Piazzas of Sicily (2017) portrays 82 squares of famous cities and other lesser known towns: a magnificent representation of these spaces, free – at least for the duration of a shot – from the visual conditioning of our age.
Finally, in Selinunte (2019), Rotoletti attempted to interpret the relationship between a town’s ruins and buildings, alongside temples and landscapes, in order to give his viewers’ an idea of their aesthetic grandeur.