Born in Naples, Italy, Alessandra lives and works in Florence. She is a teacher of photography, a curator of exhibitions and a photographer, who constantly expands her artistic development by experimenting and mixing new digital technologies, analog photography and alternative printing processes. Her favorite photographic equipment includes pinhole and toy cameras, as well as mobile devices. She teaches photography at New York University, Florida State University, SACI and Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Capodacqua teaches workshops and gives lectures in Italy and abroad, has curated various photography exhibitions and has participated in the creation of photography festivals in Italy and abroad. She is regularly invited to portfolio reviews. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in books and magazines. Capodacqua’s photographs are held in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.
Issa Touma lives and works in Aleppo. Touma is a prominent figure in the Syrian art scene. He began his career as a photographer in the early 90s. Finding himself isolated from the international art world and photography scene, in 1992 he established Black and White, a gallery in Aleppo dedicated to photography. After its closure, in 1996 he founded Le Pont Organization and Gallery, an independent art organization to promote freedom of expression and stimulate the local art scene through international events. In Spring 2012, Touma initiated the Art Camping Workshops, in the attempt to counterbalance the violence of the insurgency with artistic interventions around Aleppo. Touma commitment to bringing world photography shows to Syria in festivals he hosted and organized since 1997. He also organized the 8th Women´s Art Festival, which had more then 70,000 visitors. In 2006 Touma served as artistic consultant for the exhibition Images of Syria, at Moestings Hus, Copenhagen, which included photographs from his series Aleppo from Above together with other Syrian & Danish Photographers. He also served as juror in the Backlight Photo Festival in Finland in 2014. More recently, Issa Touma contributed to the short film 9 Days - From my Window in Aleppo, an initiative of Dutch filmmakers Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege, who compiled the footage captured by Issa Touma.