LUCA ZANETTI

In the 1980s Swiss born Luca Zanetti was taken to war torn Nicaragua by his mother, a photographer. There he observed how to approach, provoke, tease, praise and look after the people he photographed. Latin America got under his skin. Back in Switzerland he worked as a trainee in a photographic studio then at a weekly magazine.

In 1991 he joined the esteemed Lookat photo agency, but feeling the need for more education he attended photography classes at the Zurich School of Art and Design. He then won a grant to further his education in London where he worked as an assistant for photographer Steve Pyke.

His first long term project, Around the World in 80 Days, started in London at the Reform Club in 1998 on a bet that it was possible to go around the world in 80 days like Jules Verne's hero Phileas Fogg. He made the journey, without ever leaving the Earth’s surface, in 77 days. Luca is currently based in Medellin, Colombia and is an expert on that country. He has also traveled extensively in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Gabon and is an expedition leader/photo coach with Hidden Planet Expeditions.