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Photography: Mauro Arena


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Credit: Mauro Arena
Credit: Mauro Arena

Mauro is a portrait and family photographer, who takes a photojournalistic approach to his subjects, capturing everyday details with flair and meaning. In particular he focuses on relationships – whether between parent and child or between siblings – in an attempt to convey a household’s dynamic.

Over the past two years, his portraits captured the different ways children tried to overcome the isolation of lockdown. His work tells a story of changing moods and children’s attempts to express themselves in order to cope with their thoughts and feelings.

His work has been selected by The Historic England Archive as one of the 100 images of the ‘Picturing Lockdown’ collection and he recently won the prestigious ‘Portrait of Britain’ 2021 by the British Journal of Photography.


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To find out more about Mauro’s photography, visit www.mauroarena.com or his Instagram @mauro.arena.photography

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