Simona Ghizzoni was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1977.
She begun her career studying Music and Arts, an influence that continues to be present in her work. After gaining an MA in History of photography, she was selected for the Reflexions Master class, held by the photographer Giorgia Fiorio and the curator Gabriel Bauret.(2006), and in 2009 for the 16th World Press Photo - Joop Swart Master class.
Since 2005, Ghizzoni has committed herself to long-term documentary projects concerning women’s conditions.
She uses the medium of photography, writing and video to capture people and places around the world, blurring the lines between documentary and personal research.
From 2006 until 2010, she worked on a long-term project, “Odd Days”, concerning Eating Disorders and women’s long and hard path towards recovery, by living for long periods of time in several treatment centres in Italy.
With this series she won the 3rd prize at World Press Photo 2008 and the PhotoEspana Ojodepez Award for Human Values 2009.
In 2010, she received a commission to work on Iraqi female refugees in Jordan, where she produced her first short documentary “Lie in Wait” (8’ S.Ghizzoni/ 2010 / Ita-Jordan).
From then on, travel became a fundamental aspect of her practice, and she has produced several chapters of “Afterdark”, her latest work about the consequences of war on women’s psychological life in the Mediterranean area: Jordan, West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Western Sahara ( thanks to The Aftermath Project).
In 2013, she co-directed her first documentary, about female victims of enforced disappearance in the Saharawi Occupied territories “Just to Let you know that I’m Alive” (64’ S. Ghizzoni/ E. Zuccalà., 2013, production Zona - Rome/ Meriem Belala - Algiers).
Her work about the condition of female victims of Cast Lead operation in the Gaza Strip (2010-2013), was awarded with the 3rd prize Contemporary Isssues at World Press Photo 2012.
UNCUT is a web-documentary on female genital mutilations (FGM), with a data journalism survey through Africa and Europe. It narrates stories of women in Kenya, Somaliland, Ethiopia, where FGM has been fought hard—and successfully.