Stefano Nicolini was born in 1960, in Rome, where he grew up. He started travelling during his youth years. At seventeen he visited India, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan, right before the soviet invasion which caused the country to begin a thirty year war, still not concluded.
He dedicated his first photo exhibition to the legend of the South Seas, photographed in the remote Micronesian archipelago of the Caroline Islands which was the subject of his most significant journalistic reports between 1978 and 1982. Such exhibition was presented in the Houston Gallery of Soho in New York, where he moved for a short period in 1983.

Stefano Nicolini approached photography as an autodidact. From the very beginning of his career, he signed the texts that went with his photoreportages.

In 1987, in Rome, he began the first tourist geographical consultancy service in the world for professional travellers, and he started collaborating with some of the most well-known international nature photographers, documentarists and writers.

In 1989 he reached Argentina, where he lived repeatedly in 1992, in 1994, and from 1997 to 2008, dedicating to this country a series of photographic volumes besides dozen of photojournalistic reportages. In the early Nineties his main subjects became whales, photographed in the oceans all over the planet, the polar and subpolar regions, as well as South America. His works were successfully published in Italy and abroad. In the last ten years he broadened the horizons of his photography to other latitudes and interests, and in 2008 he moved back to Italy choosing the Sienese hills as his residence.

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