Westminster alumnus Alessandro Rota, who graduated from the Photojournalism MA course (now Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA) in 2011, launched his first solo exhibition ‘Photographs of War, Photographs of a project for Peace’ on 23 February at Galleria Expowall in Milan.

The exhibition showcases thirty fine-art prints of war torn countries that tell stories of conflict signed by Alessandro. He travelled for four years across countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South-Sudan and Somalia to capture moments his audience would otherwise never see or hear about.

When speaking about his exhibition and his experience at the University of Westminster, he said: “It is a very positive feeling to put a semicolon to my photography after four years of working in conflicts and war-torn countries. Almost six years after graduating from the University of Westminster I can still recall my period of studies as one of the most inspiring and mind-blowing time of my life; due to the fact that people on my Master course had very different backgrounds which added a lot to the expertise of our tutors.”

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Several of Alessandro’s photographs have been published by international media outlets such as Corriere della Sera, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, National Geographic USA, Geo France, Monocle, Sportweek, Vanity Fair, the Guardian, Le Figaro, Riders, L’Espresso, Repubblica, Alzajeera, The Sunday Times, Vice USA, Internazionale, IlPost, RAInews, NBC News, and the Financial Times.

He shot the famous photo as part of an assignment for The Guardian in Iraq of a tender teddy-bear padded with explosives, designed by IS Jihadists to target children.

The photographic exhibition closes on 11 March.

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