Space Studios, EAST LONDON
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th June 2019


Lucy Conticello

Photography Director – M, Le Monde Magazine

Lucy studied archeology and art history at La Sapienza University in Rome.

A chance  encounter brought her to work as an assistant photo editor for a newly minted Italian newsweekly called Liberal. After two formative years as junior assistant photo editor under the generous guidance of Manuela Fugenzi, Lucy moved to study photography practise and history at the Maine Photographic workshops in Rockport, Maine.

She later went to New York to pursue a career as photo editor, writer and lecturer.  She has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, l’Espresso, The New York  Times magazine, Courrier International, The International Herald Tribune as well as photography agencies such as Sipa Press, Magnum Photos and –briefly, the AFP.  

In 2011 Lucy joined M, the newly redesigned weekend magazine of Le Monde as the Director of Photography coordinating a staff of photo editors in charge of all the editorial assignments (portraits and features) for the magazine. She established the overall photo assigning budget, negotiated contracts as well as usage rights and thanks to her extensive contacts within the photo industry, is in charge of finding the right person for the job and translating the editor’s ideas to the photographers hired. Lucy works closely with the Creative Director, design team and editors to ensure an environment of creative collaboration.

Lucy has also served on juries worldwide, most recently at the Foam Paul Huf award, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, the Prix Levallois , the Prix Virginia and the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi. She has taken part in portfolio reviews (Fotografia Europea, Festival Cortona on the Move, PHotoEspana.) ; has guest curated an issue in Ojodepez and conducted photography workshops at the ISFCI in Rome. She is a nominator for several photography awards as the Foam Paul Huf award.

Lucy has been assigning  photographers for several years now; what she loves most is the creative  process of pairing photographers with stories, researching and brainstorming ideas and  seeing how these pictures end up defining the articles.