“I like to take pictures of whatever
captures my attention. The particular thing about my photographs is that they are all real: nothing
is set up or pre-planned; what you see is what happened in
front of my eyes at that particular time and place. I don't plan to take
good photographs; sometimes I amaze myself when I see the results.
When I shoot I don't think much and at the same time I don't fully
live that moment. I complete my visual experience only later when I look at the finished work.
Photography is an extension of my vision and mind, it enables me to relive a
moment over and over as intensely as the first time, when I wasn't really looking. I use photography to stop
time and enjoy the pleasant visual experience later when it won't run away”
Born in Italy from an Italian father and an English mother, Mike Valeriani dedicated his life to
photography. He studied in Italy at the European Institute of Design and in
the USA at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and at the San Francisco Academy of Art, meanwhile
becoming an airplane pilot.
Even though his main art expression form is photography, he also
produces a limited number of paintings and ceramic works. He has traveled world-wide along with his camera,
capturing images that have been published on several magazines internationally. His work has been appreciated in all five continents, a goal in life that not many photographers
can achieve. Former photographer for the Secret Services of the Italian Navy, he photographed a large number of
personalities, among whom the King and Queen of Spain, and the President of Italy. He had been invited by the
President of Algeria to take part in a diplomatic mission to illustrate Algeria to the world in all its
Mike followed his grandfather’s footsteps - well known artist
whose work is visible on permanent exhibit at the “M. Valeriani Art Gallery” in Latina, Italy. He currently lives
in United Kingdom.
by Mike Valeriani