Jacob Balzani Lööv is an Italian-Swedish photographer. He focus his work on underreported social and environmental issues and he loves to explore stories of people deeply attached to a particular place, being it a contested territory or a tropical jungle. He lives in the place he is mostly attached to, between Milan and Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps.
In 2012, he graduated from the London College of Communication’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography department. Curious about the processes and the links between different systems, in 2003 he graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences. His love for the mountains then pushed him to work with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Jungfraujoch (3580 m asl.), which is the highest research station in the Swiss Alps. In 2007, the data he collected on the transport of air pollutants across the planet allowed him to attain a PhD. Deeply attracted to global events, after observing during his numerous journeys just how fast and dramatically the world was changing, he decided to stop his scientific work and fully commit himself to photography.
Jacob Balzani Lööv works for several NGOs (non-governmental organizations) worldwide. Expert in Eastern Europe and Caucasus, he is represented by Zuma for news and he contributes regularly to Al-Jazeera and Eurasianet. His work has been published on many printed and online magazines including Newsweek, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Politico, Internazionale and Vice. In 2017 he was finalist at the Days Japan Photo Contest, finalist at the Spotlight Award and in 2019 finalist at Premio Voglino. His work was exhibited in Milan, London, Venice and in numerous festivals including Format in England, Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia and Warm in Bosnia. He is currently available for commissions.