Vincent Cianni

(Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1952 - )

North America, American

Vincent Cianni studied at Penn State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art and received an MFA in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1986. He has taught photography at Parsons, The New School for Design since 1995 and is also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Cianni’s work is informed by the rich tradition of documentary photography. His series have zeroed in on tight-knit communities as well as universal human rights issues.

Cianni documented HIV/AIDS victims and activists in a series on the epidemic in the 1980s. Throughout much of the 1990s and into the last decade, he photographed Latino skaters in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. That series, We Skate Hardcore, was published as a book by New York University Press in 2004. Since 2009, Cianni has been photographing gay and lesbian service members and veterans and recording their struggles with discrimination in the American military during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and beyond.

New York, United States

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