Luigi Vigliotti was born in L'Aquila, currently lives in Bologna and since the early '80 he has been membership of the Circolo Fotografico Bolognese the oldest photographic club of Italy. His photographic approach begins from the desire to portray the forms of the landscape which already formed part of his cultural background, being a professional geologist. Passionate traveler he has combined his own professional training as professional geologist with Ethnographic and Archaeological interests often concentrating his photographic research on tracing the footsteps of explorers and photographers of the past (Vittorio Sella, Giovanni Chiarini, Freya Stark, Frederick Catherwood, Giuseppe Tucci, Ippolito Desideri, Luigi Balugani). Fond of Ethnography and Archaeology he has made several reportages in all the continents and his pictures have been published in magazines and books. In the past he has also been represented by the agency "Panda Photo".
Interested in the interpretative possibilities of photography he revisited the analog images through different manipulation techniques and in particular by the use of instant films (Polaroid) by combining the known techniques of manipulation (image transfer, peeling) with original experimental stages. In 1998 his portfolio "Graffiti" has been awarded in the IIIrd International of Photography at Solighetto (TV, Italy). Following his passion for miniatures, antique prints and graphic works he found an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the Polaroid materials by exploring unconventional paths of photographic language with acclaim and accolades from critics and audiences.
He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad including the participation in 2010 to the great exhibition: “The Magic of the Polaroid” (The Italian authors interprete the mith – Bibbiena 11/12/2010-11/01/2011). One of his elaborations was also part of the famous Polaroid Collection in the US. The Website "Fotologie" (Selected pages of contemporary photography) has dedicated a profile to his Portfolio "Imazighen" (http://www.fotologie.it/vigliotti.html).
Featured in the international quarterly PRYME Magazine N°3 dedicated to the Portraiture
In 2018 his picture "Jebel Bayda" was the winner of the imageo contest at the EGU in Wien. (https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/2018/04/13/announcing-the-winners-of-the-egu-photo-contest)