Ciro Battiloro was born in Torre del Greco, in the province of Naples, in 1984.
He attended classical studies and then the Faculty of Philosophy at the University “Federico II” of Naples.
He began his career shooting with an analog camera and he continues in this way,.He is interested in social and anthropological reportage, documentary photography and travel.
His first reportage was THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH, realized between Italy and Romania. He also traveled to Morocco, Senegal, Middle East, in the Balkans, where he made the reportage YORUKS OF MACEDONIA. His latest ongoing project is on a problematic neighborhood of Napoli.
Ciro Battiloro welcomes tourists on a daily basis, and went to the Rione Sanità in Naples — time and time again — gaining the complete and familiar trust of its inhabitants, getting his hands dirty on tiptoe, shadowing life with his second eye and without encroaching on anyone, with tact and respect. Photography, today more than ever, ravages due to digital inclination, harms and hurts. Here the city’s guts still pulsate, physically or intangibly, in the media’s narratives. In via Cristallini, in the 50s, you’d find the masters of photo essays, foremost and absolute authority, Luciano D’Alessandro. But Battiloro moves in an unusual direction, his production is in tune with a historical work by Lucia Patalano who spent ten years in the Sanità. The method sparks a profound journey of acquaintance which is translated in photography as a caress that doesn’t indulge, essential and involved, incisive in its display of a carnal body engraved in black and white, the best part of the flesh that can also be feral. The wide angle focusses on life in its sweetness and intimacy. The black and white strokes of a perpetually doleful humanity come forth from the shadows of the tuff revealing that intense, stunning, honeyed, relationship of love between the eye and the subject, tying a bond between life and death.