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Matteo B.

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

8 reviews

$800 - $2000 / Day

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Matteo Bastianelli (b. 1985) is a freelance documentary photographer, videographer, certified drone operator, video editor and filmmaker based in Rome, Italy. He is a National Geographic Magazine contributor and a member of Italy's National Order of Journalists since 2009. Above all he works on personal and long-term projects related to social, environmental and human rights issues, with a keen interest in consequences of wars and contemporary issues affecting our society. His photographic and film projects have been published and commissioned by a number of national and international magazines, such as Al Jazeera, Burn, CNN, Corriere della Sera, Der Spiegel, Discovery Channel Interactive, D- La Repubblica, El Pais, Internazionale, International New York Times, Lens - The New York Times, L'Espresso, L'Europeo, La Repubblica, La Stampa, MSNBC, National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek Japan, PDN, Super 8-La Repubblica, Stern, Sky News, TIME Lightbox, Vanity Fair, Voice of America, Washington Post, XL Semanal, among others. Since 2016 he has also been working on assignment for NGOs such as Amnesty International, AVSI, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of the Red Cross. His projects have been shown in Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, The Netherlands and USA. He has received various awards for his work, among which PDN’s Photo Annual, Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, Canon Young Photographers’ Award, Honorable Mention from the NPPA- Best of photojournalism, finalist for the Burn Emerging Photographer Fund, Marco Bastianelli Prize for the Best First Book and "Vittorio de Seta" prize for the director of the best documentary film at BIF&ST- Bari International Film Festival 2013. In 2018 Bastianelli documented the world’s worst humanitarian disaster caused by the ongoing civil war in Yemen, focusing his attention on the resilience of civilians trapped in a life of violence and disease. His Yemen project appeared in the August 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine and has been used worldwide by Doctors Without Borders in 2019 for advocacy campaigns to help and protect Yemeni civilians. His documentary film "Yemen Unveiled" was screened during the 2019 Human Rights Film Festival in Berlin, Germany and has been included in the Official Selection of the Health for All Film Festival 2020, organized by the World Health Organization in Geneva. In 2019 he documented various issues affecting the Mexican society between the States of Guerrero, Puebla and Oaxaca for the AVSI Foundation, realizing the documentary film “Fortaleza, México”, screened at the 15th edition of the “Short Mexico” International Film Festival. In 2020, Matteo Bastianelli started documenting the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting quarantine on Rome’s community of homeless, migrants and refugees. After fleeing from areas of conflict, these vulnerable people now face the global pandemic amid rising anti-immigrant sentiment. His project proposal was selected by the National Geographic Society and supported by the Natgeo Society’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.

Top Services

Documentary DP
3 reviews
Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
2 reviews
News Shooter / Video Journalist
2 reviews


Top Reviews

  • October • 2016

    We hired Matteo to edit some existing footage about mental health in Nigeria. Matteo was quick to respond and easy to talk to. We communicated via email, Skype and text with no problem. He was able to understand the creative brief and bring his own unique perspective. He finished the project on time and took care to deliver all materials and formats upon completion. I would not hesitate to use him again.

    Christopher at International Committee of the Red Cross
  • May • 2020

    Matteo was great to work with! I was especially impressed with his pre-production help. He found the perfect locations to shoot and the perfect people to interview and delivered beautifully shot footage. He is very professional. He quickly responds to all communications and translated all interviews for us.

    Kristy at Scripps News
  • May • 2019

    Matteo is an exceptional photographer and is true professional. He made important contributions to the project and was very flexible with our subject's unpredictable schedule. I would not hesitate to hire Matteo for another assignment.

    Steven at VOA Africa

Top Projects



  • Dji Mavic Air 2s
  • Fujifilm gfx 50 r
  • Fujifilm X-T5
  • Fujifilm xt5


  • Audio Recorder
  • Directional Microphone
  • Lavalier Microphone
  • Wireless Microphone


  • Gimbal
  • Stabilizer


  • Prime
  • Standard Zoom
  • Telephoto
  • Wide


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple Final Cut Pro

All Services

Production Support

  • Documentary DP
  • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist
  • Corporate Videographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Landscape Photographer
  • Reporter / Journalist
  • Drone Operator

Post Production

  • Video Editor - News
  • Sound Mixer
  • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Video Editor - Commercial


  • Production Company