Instagram Takeover – Michele Palazzi

Last year, Michele Palazzi published his book Finisterrae: Terra di confine, the culmination of a project to document the identity of southern Europe, and the crisis it faces.

I set out to capture this claustrophobic atmosphere in my images and decontextualize the subjects by representing them as statue-like cultic figures, creating a sense of timelessness by depriving them from any action. The landscapes on the other hand seem to be the only testimonies of time passing.

Michele Palazzi

Palazzi was born in Rome in 1984. After taking a three-year Master’s degree in photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia, Rome, he started working as a documentary photographer. In 2015 he was awarded first prize in the World Press Photo awards for his image Mongolia, Black Gold Hotel. Today he is represented by Contrasto Agency and Academic Coordinator at the Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA).

Michele Palazzi is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until 20 April. You can follow him @michele_palazzi and see more of his work at