ANTONIO BIGNAMI, Bologna, 1951
Italian swimming champion (100 and 200 butterfly stroke) and a frequent swimmer in National competition. In 1968, he passed into swimming with flippers, to the underwater technique and orientation. With 18 times, he climbs to the highest step of the podium for all Italian champions. With the National team of this specialty, from 1969 to 1973, he takes part in the European Championships, World Championships, and numerous other international races-always with excellent rankings. Leaving the athletic field, he becomes a FIPS, CMAS, and PADI underwater instructor, and began to work as a guide and as instructor. He travels and resides for long periods in far off locales, which almost always face some of the most beautiful seas of the world (the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Far East, Africa, etc.). In this period, he begins to photograph. Even if the adventure became a sort of way of life, the photographic profession and chronicler of the seas-born by chance, nurtured by curiosity, taste, the capacity to recount emotions with the lens-becomes in 1981 a full-time activity in rapid evolution.
In fact Antonio Bignami's fields of action are many-fold, but they all remained connected to the "creative" sector of communication: photographer, director, camera man, non-linear digital post-production technician, specialized journalist, creator and executor of soundtracks with SIAE deposit. He holds photography and film direction courses, internships and work-shops; he collaborates with the most prestigious magazines in the nautical, touristic, technical, and automotive fields, he works as photographer and video operator with many important shipyard. He is represented exclusively world-wide by the Gettyimages agency which distributes his images. Antonio Bignami is not only a journalist: from March 2005 is available is first, unique and particular novel with images "It was blue"
, Damiani editor, English and Italian version, preface by Folco Quilici. With his companion, Simonetta (who directs the Comunicazione Globale association along with him) and their two children, Mattia and Thiery, he lives in a house in the woods of the Emilian Appennini hills.