Franco Fontana was born in Modena on December 9th 1933.
He began to take photographs in 1961, dedicating himself as an amateur activity. His first personal exhibition was in Modena in 1968 and from that year a substantial turning point in his research. He has published over 60 books with different Italian, Japanese, French, German, Swiss, American and Spanish editions. He has exhibited all over the world in Galleries and Museums with over 400 participations between collective and personal exhibitions. His works are in over 50 collections of museums all over the world including:

International Museum of Photography “G.Eastman House” Rochester
The Museum of Fine Arts of Boston
Ludwig Museum, Colonia
Museum of Modern Art, Norman Oklahoma
National Gallery of Pechino -Cina
The Australian National Gallery, Melbourne
University of Texas, Austin USA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo
Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris
Museo de Arte San Paolo – Brasile
Kunsthaus Museum – Zurigo – Svizzera
The Photographic Museum – Helsinki – Finlandia
Museum of Fine Arts – San Francisco – USA
Puskin State, Museum of Fine Arts – Mosca .
Victoria & Albert Museum – Londra
Galleria d’Arte Moderna – Torino
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Texas – USA
Deutch Bank, Londra
Banca Unicredit, Italia
UBS Unione Banche Svizzere
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes- Buenos Aires
Muscadelle Museum of Art – Williamsburg, USA
Musée WWestlicht, Vienna
IVAM, Museo Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Valencia
Musèe de l’Elysèe, Losanna
Maxxi, Roma
Macro, Roma

1974 – Colonia, Photokina of Colonia -Kodak Photobucpreis – Baden Wurttemberg
1983 – Stuttgart, Prix 1983 – Farbfoto Kalender
1984 – Modena, XXVIII Ragno d’Oro – Unesco Award for the Art
1989 – Rome, Culture Award – Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
1990 – Tokyo, Photographic Society of Japan – The 150 Years of Photography Photographer Award
1991 – Gorizia, Award Friuli Venezia Giulia
1992 – Venice, Award City of Venice
1993 – Sorrento, Award City of Sorrento for the photography
1993 – Cordoba, Award Guitarra 1993
1994 – Pisa, Award Pisa for the photography at the 650° anniversary of the fondation “Ateneo pisano 1995”
Turin, Award FIAF – Italian Photographic Master Maestro for his activity and of the FIAF
1995 – Spilimbergo, Award “Friuli Venezia Giulia for the photography”
1998 – Benevento, Award “A life for photography”
2000 – Vignola, Award “Ciliegia d’oro”
2004 – City of Noto, Award Noto for the Art.
Modena – Commander’s honor for artistic merits of the Republic
2006 – Turin, Master’s degree in honorem – “Council of the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin in Eco-compatible Design”
2011 – Catania, med photo fest, Award mediterraneum for the photography
2014 – Modena, Honorary member of the National Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Modena
2016 – Viterbo, Fondation “Caffeina Cultura”
Torino – Award “Gruppo del Colore”
Brescia – Master’s degree Honoris Causa in photography, “LABA Libera Accademia di Belle Arti”

He has signed many advertising campaigns including: Fiat, Volkswagen, Ferrovie dello Stato, Sony, Volvo, Versace, Canon, Kodak, Snam, Robe di Kappa. He has collaborated in editorials with TIME-LIFE, VOGUE Usa and VOGUE France, Repubblica’s Friday, Seven of Corriere della Sera, Panorama, Frankfurten Allgemeine, Epoca, Class, New York Times.
He held workshops and conferences in New York for the Guggenheim Museum, Institute of Technology in Tokyo, the Brussels Academy, the University of Toronto, then Rome, Paris, Arles, Rockport, Barcelona, ​​Taipei and many other cities. He holds annual courses at the Polytechnic of Turin, at the Luiss University of Rome. He has collaborated with: Guggenheim Museum of NewYork, Center Georges Pompidou, Ministry of Japanese Culture, Ministry of French Culture.