Coaches and Masters

Lights of Rome is powered by a love for photography, a fascination for Rome, and most importantly a passion for helping others experiences. Your portrait photographers and photo-coaches come from a group of professional photographers specialized in reportage, documentary, architecture and landscape photography. We collected photo-stories from many countries in the world like Ethiopia, Brazil, Nepal, India, Marocco, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Peru. Our works are published on major international newspapers and magazines as Io Donna, Rhythms Monthly, Hearst magazines, the guardian, Geo France, Geo Germany, il reportage, Africa, Altreconomia, Popoli, il manifesto. All of us were born and live in Rome. We speak fluently English, Spanish, French, Portoguese and others foreign languages. Planning our photo tours we have been inspired by great masters – Giambattista Piranesi, Gabriele Basilico and Luigi Ghirri – who were fascinated by Rome and to the Eternal City dedicated their creativity.

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Giambattista Piranesi (1720-1778) – Giovanni Battista Piranesi arrived in Rome from Venice in 1740 with the aim of reforming architecture in imitation of the achievements of the ancients, but without renouncing to the tradition of his homeland and to his innermost identity. In reality, he only remodeled one church. But in imagination, he built and rebuilt a prodigious quantity of structures, which narrate stories of human magnificence and decline taking place in an absolute space-time where new, improbable, maybe contradictory, but yet possible dimensions can be opened. In his workshop in Via del Corso, Piranesi exchanged his architect’s tools for the engraver’s burin, which allowed him to express his architectural ideas and influence contemporary taste with the same freedom as painters and sculptors. He created a long series of views of ancient ruins and modern Roman structures that brought him great popularity. His prints and drawings reveal the complexity, versatility and multidisciplinary of his nature, and a great talent for combining dramatic perspectives and architectural fantasies.

Gabriele Basilico

Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013) – Devoted particularly to architectural photography, Basilico was one of the best-known Italian photographers. His shows and books are always an important meditation on landscape photography, a necessary reference point for those occupied today with photography and town planning. “It’s one thing to use photography as a language in order to communicate a work conceived in another way, as an installation – he said in a recent interview – But it’s something different to interpret reality by considering it ‘photographically’”


Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) – One of the most significant photographers of the 20th century, Ghirri shows his homeland through a sequence of poetic and ambiguous photographs. His cropped images of the landscape are presented with a deadpan, often ironic wit and a continuous anthropological engagement with his surroundings. The compositions and hues of his photographs suggest subtle emotional tones and a meticulously rich way of viewing the world, as well as the role of images within it. His use of color to create surprising images out of everyday life and common surroundings combined acute wit with formal elegance.