Marianna Santoni Professional photographer - Curriculum Vitae
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Marianna Santoni’s short bio

Italian professional photographer and an international renowed Photoshop Guru, Marianna Santoni has won many prestigious awards in Italy and abroad. She is university professor in Cultural Heritage Photography degree course at the ISIA of Urbino. She collaborates since years with the major international photography and digital imaging brands (ADOBE, CANON, NIKON, EPSON, HP, WACOM, X-RITE...) as expert, consultant, beta tester and speaker.


She is author of many publications such us manuals and specialistic articles: Marianna Santoni wrote the first two Italian Manual of Photoshop Lightroom for Adobe.
She is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor, she is a member of the international prestigious narrow Wacom Evangelist group and X-Rite Coloratti group.

She is often called as member of the jury in many national and international photography contest including: SIPA - Siena International Photo Awards, Cascella Prize and Wiki Loves Monuments.

Photographer and post-production expert, Marianna Santoni, and her team, have been promoting and spreading culture organizing training events connected to art, photography, post-production and communication.

Her personal website has a constantly growing Newsletter which currently numbers more than 40,000 members.



Professional photographer
Marianna Santoni was born in Foligno (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) in 1978. She studied visual anthropology at the department of Letters and Philosophy in Perugia. This gave her the opportunity to further her knowledge on Photography and Photoshop, much more on a cultural basis rather than simply being a technical expert.

As a photographer, she has been publishing editorials and advertising campaigns in national, European and American magazines for several years now. Together with other international artists she showcased two of her photographic works at a collateral event during Biennale di Venezia 2011.


Digital imaging Guru

Known in Italy as a digital imaging Guru, she regularly holds courses, seminars, presentations and congresses as a teacher on Photoshop, Lightroom and photography, collaborating directly with the major digital imaging brands (Adobe, Wacom, Canon, Nikon, Epson, HP...), and in the most important events on digital imaging (Photoshow, Grafitalia, Smau, Adobe Live!, Arrivano i Guru, Click Create & Print, Digital Symposium, Orvieto Fotografia, Hasselblad World Tour...). She has been a university professor, since 2010, att ISIA of Urbino for the Degree in Photography of Cultural Heritage: the first specialized university course about photography in Italy. Since 2011 she is also a photography professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci di Perugia.
Santoni is also a professional consultant for advertising agencies in the digital imaging area, from shooting to post-production and image storaging.
As a speaker she worked side by side at official events in Italy with digital imaging living legends. In November 2008 she held an event during Arrivano I Guru in Rome with Martin Evening, Photoshop Hall of Fame 2008.
In May 2009 she gave a lecture at a seminar in Perugia with Dan Margulis, Photoshop Hall of Fame 2001. In 2009 she sat right next to Katrin Eismann, Photoshop Hall of Fame 2005, during the Arrivano i Guru 2009 event in Rome. In November 2010 she participated to an event with Dave Cross, Photoshop Hall of Fame 2009, during the Arrivano i Guru 2010 event in Assisi.


Qualified as an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) in Photoshop she appears on the official list of the Adobe Partner Finder classified as a Certified ASN Instructor. She is on the book of Adobe product beta tester (since 2004) and Nik Software (since 2006). In the professional graphic tablets field, she has been a Wacom Evangelist since 2005 and Italian testimonial on the official website.
Esteemed especially for her passionate and fun approach, she is constantly involved in the divulgation of innovative photography techniques and methodologies that stem from research that she carries out for the big companies she collaborates with.
She is a consultant and a digital imaging trainer for publishing firms, photography studios and advertising agencies: from shooting to post-production and filing. Among her students there are both amateur and professional photographers and world renowned photo-retouchers. Since 2004 she is involved in teaching photography and digital imaging in specialistic fields such as industrial, architecture, medicine, law, armed forces and underwater photography.

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Art exhibitions

This year she will participate with some other international artists in a collateral event of the Biennale di Venezia 2011 with 2 photographic works at the "Neoludica" art exhibition.
In 2010 she collaborated with the painter Rossella Vasta – first prize at the Biennale di Firenze 2003 – freely interpreting some shoots of the artist. The realized images, printed on glass, created a "digital path" exhibited at the Extra Moenia art gallery by Giuliana D’Orazio in Todi and published in the book "Interruptio" edited by Rossella Vasta and Don Kimes.

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Santoni publishes books, specialist articles and video courses in Italy and abroad with different editorial boards as Applicando, De Agostini, Fotocult, Nikon...
Among her most important publications there are the first two Adobe Photoshop Lightroom guides in Italian done in 2007 on behalf of Adobe System Italia that in the very first few months was downloaded tens of thousands of times.
Since 2009 she collaborates with the newspaper La Stampa running the on line photography column "L'esperto risponde".
Each year she gives interviews on national newspapers and magazines.

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Ethical effort

Every year Marianna Santoni organizes several solidarity events. Among her ethical efforts stands out the organization of a big no-profit event called "Lo Scatto de L'Aquila", that took place in January and April 2010. It was accomplished with the collaboration of Gaspare Grammatico, Nino Lombardo and the photographer Roberto Grillo. More than 300 photographers and photo amateurs from all over Italy participated to the event to help colleagues from L’Aquila, collecting donations to create a permanent photography exhibition as a memory for L’Aquila, which was called "Lo Spazio del Ricordo".

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Career  awards

Marianna Santoni has achieved many prestigious awards in Italy and abroad since the beginning of her career.
In 2010 the italian Ministry of Work and Social Politics realized and promoted the eminent publication "Merito al femminile" selecting Marianna Santoni as one of the 54 talented Italian women who have recently stood out in their professional fields: from politics to business, from university to research, from communication to sport, science, culture and art.
In 2007 she won the Premio Pericle d'Oro as "Donna dell'Anno" ("woman of the year").
In 2006 she received the award as Best Adobe Guru 2006 by Adobe Italia for her contagious passion and her effort in research and knowledge divulgation about Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom".
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