Luca Desienna

Writer, Photographer, Publisher, Juror, Performer, Model


Creating outside the box.

I am Luca Desienna, a polyhydric artist from Italy.
I lived and worked in London for two decades, primarily as a professional photographer.
I have also founded Gomma and Gomma Books, of which I am still the Chief Editor. In addition, I am a fiction writer. I published my first novel in 2012 titled 'Londra Brucia' and I am now on the finishing line for my second fiction book.

I studied acting and drama in London for seven years, and I am carrying on the acting improv and ensemble training in Berlin where I am currently located.

My work has appeared in magazines such as The British Journal of Photography, Vanity Fair, Intelligence in Lifestyle, Kult Magazine, Vanidad, Genis Aci, Eyemazing, dienacht Magazine, No Name, a-n, Gomma, XL, VICE and Time Out.

In 2018 VOID has published a Limited Edition of my award-winning work 'My Dearest Javanese Concubine', which will be released on a trade edition in Summer 2019 by Blow Up Press. .

1st Prize Simulacrum contest


Official selection. Photo Voice auction


Px3 People Choice Award


Official selection VOIES Off


1st Prize Meet My World by Amantani.


Finalist at DOCfield Dummy Award


Third Prize - Pride Photo Awards.


Honorable Mention - LensCulture Awards.


Shortlisted Dewi Lewis Publisher Awards


Luca Desienna Books

"Doesn't matter how you look at the world. What is important is the interrelationship with you in it."

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Luca Desienna Resume

  • Publisher

    2004 - 2019

    DIRECTOR GOMMA BOOKS LTD. Publications: MONO Volume One and Two, Gomma Magazine. Keizo Kitajima Modoru Okinawa. Gomma Grant catalogues.

  • Photographer

    2000 - 2019

    FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER. Lifestyle and reportage. Clients: Il Sole 24 Ore, DieWelt, TextilWirtschaft, Diesel, Radio Milan, Vanidad magazine, KULT mag, Italian Cinema London, StreetFashion magazine, Confindustria Veneto, Diesel and Salvatore Ferragamo.

  • Juror

    2014 - 2019

    GOMMA PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT. Founder and juror of the Gomma Grant. Jurors: Brigitte Schaller Art Director LFI. Diane Smyth, Caroline Hunter The Guardian. Enrico Stefanelli, PhotoLux Festival. Peggy Sue Amison, EastWing. Michael Itkoff, cofounder of Daylight Books. Tim Clark, founder and editor of 1000 Words. Yumi Goto.

  • Art Director

    2012 - 2016

    RADICAL MATTER. Photography training and workshops. Tutors: Michael Ackerman, Anders Petersen, Akina.

  • Writer

    20010 - 2019

    Fiction writer. Debut book: Londra Brucia by Liux Edizioni. (Sold out). New fiction cross-genre novel 'Yana and Cheyenne' © out in 2020.

  • Model, actor.

    1995 - 2010

    Job highlights: two days shooting for Vogue with Kate Moss, photo by Mario Testino. A TV advert for The Times and a fashion shoot for Hommes..

  • Fashion shop/ label owner.

    1995 - 2010

    SYNTHETIC MILK, LONDON. Clothing shop and label. Clients: Steven Tyler, Pamela Anderson, Lenny Kravitz...

  • Art Director.

    1993 - 1994

    KEROSENE.ORG - Online photography community.

  • Graphic Designer.

    1993 - 1994

    STUDIO NOVAIDEA. Italian renowned graphic design studio. Clients: Diesel, Levi's, Galloway, Henry Cottons, Dolomite.

  • Art Director

    1992 - 1993

    KINKLIGHT. Italian cult like music club. Created and promoted with Tying Tiffany.


  • Location:

    Berlin, Germany - 10119.

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