Ferdinando Scianna, was born in Bagheria, Sicily in 1943.
He studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo. In 1965 he published with Leonardo Sciascia the book Feste religiose in Sicilia, which won the Nadar prize. In 1967 moves to Milan, where he works for the weekly L’Europeo as photoreporter, special correspondent and then correspondent from Paris
Introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he joined the Magnum agency in 1982. Since 1987, in addition to reportage and portraiture, he begins to work in the field of fashion and advertising photography.