Francesca Leonardi (www.francescaleonardi.net) was born in Rome in 1975. She studied psychology at the university La Sapienza of Rome, then photography at the ICP in New York. For many years she lived the United States where she started to work on social documentaries issues between USA and Mexico. In 2006 she moved back to Italy, mostly working on long-term projects on immigration and urbanization issues.
In 2009 she gained a special mention at the Fotoleggendo festival for her project “Bed dreams”; the same year she was invited, together with other photographers, by the L.A.F. foundation to the Czech Republic to report on the state of democracy of the country on its 20th anniversary. She is represented by the agency Contrasto.