Francesca Cao is an Italian Documentary Photographer, she studied philosophy in Milan before moving to New York to attend the full time program at the International Center of Photography.
In 2008 earns the Tierney fellowship for her work “The Lion of Central Asia”, that has been exposed at the New York Photo festival ’09.
In 2009 is selected for Descubrimientos of PhotoEspana and attends the Eddie Adams workshop.
In 2011 the story of Ernestina, who is a woman that has been living in an asbestos temporary house for thirty years as a consequence of the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, becomes an exhibition along with the pictures of the photographer Michela Palermo called My Broken World. MBW travels through the main Italian cities.
In 2012 the project The Lion of Central Asia is selected for the Inge Morath award and part of the Brooklyn Photoville festival in 2013.
At the moment she’s working on the project called “Temporary Life”, that is a travel through the areas in Italy where the reconstruction after the earthquakes that happened in the 1900′s wasn’t full-filled. In 2013 the dummy book of this body of work was finalist at the Unseen dummy award in Amsterdam.