Photographers Archives: Alessandro Grassani

Alessandro Grassani ( was born in Pavia 1977, graduates in photography at the Riccardo Bauer Institute of Milano, where he lives. He begins working as photographer in the advertising industry but throughout the years his job brought him around the world covering international events and stories about social themes in more than 30 countries in the world. He works among others with the New York Times, Sunday Times, Vanity Fair-Italy and NGOs such as Doctors of the World. He focused his work in Iran, Israel and the Palestinian Territories but in 2011 he begins a new long-term project called, “Environmental migrants: the last illusion” documenting around the world the life of the people forced to migrate because of climate changes and with no alternative to the illusion of a better life in the city.

Asia, Mongolia. 18/03/2011. In the photo, 29-year-old Erdene Tuya hauls a sheep lost for the dzud to a small burial ground close to their yurt (gher). In Mongolia's Arkhangai province, the Tsamba family lives on the edge, struggling through harsh winters alongside their herd of sheep. Severe winter conditions, known as dzud, have been responsible for the deaths of half the family's once 2,000-strong herd over the past three winters. Recently, in search of warmer pastures, the Tsambas moved from Bulgan province in the north to this region near a central Mongolian village called Ulziit.

Alessandro Grassani | Environmental migrants: the last illusion

2008 became the point of no return: for the first time in history there are more people living in cities than in rural areas.


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