Francesco Francaviglia, Sicilian photographer, was born in Palermo, in 1982. He grew up in San Giuseppe Jato.
He studied the cello in Palermo with Giovanni Sollima, and studied cinema at the Teatès School under Michele Perriera.
In 2006, a cellist through discipline and study, and a photographer thanks to a pressing instinct, he gave birth to his first photographic work "Terra Aria" where the wine production in the countryside south of Palermo became the backdrop to tell the tale of a rapidly changing society.
In 2009 he won a photography scholarship in a contest sponsored by the Florence Province, and moved to attend the International School of Photography APAB assisted by the Fondazione Fratelli Alinari.
From 2010 to 2012 he was commissioned by Patrizia Stagnitta, organiser of poetry events, to create a video on Sicilian poets, with music by Giovanni Sollima.
He attended the European Institute of Design in Rome and Milan, where he furthered his interest in advertising and portrait photography.
Between 2013 and 2014, in Palermo, he initiated his work on "Fasting Women."
At the same time, following the request of photographer Letizia Battaglia, he portrayed women writers, magistrates, sisters or mothers of Mafia victims whose strength had become an instrument of struggle and condemnation.
He is currently working on a new project about Italian poets, and is creating portraits of judges, from Gian Carlo Caselli to Pietro Grasso, who have dealt with the major lawsuits against the Mafia in recent decades.
He lives in Florence.