Gianluca Colla was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1976. After attending high school he studied at the Civil Engineering & Architecture Faculties in Bologna. Following work experience in various fields, his love for travelling and passion for photography soon lead him to combine these interests to become his profession.
An in depth knowledge of photography, in particular in the digital sector, has led him to work in many different areas, including collaborations with National Geographic, Blockbuster, World Gold Council, Wind, United Bank of Swiss, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Bloomberg and The Blue Zones. These collaborations allow him to travel to many diverse destinations around the world, from the Arctic Polar Circle to Africa’s deserts, from the Far East to the Amazon.
Gianluca’s photographs have appeared in various publications, including, among others National Geographic Magazine, NG Travel Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News and CondéNaste.
Since 2004 he has been a member and photographer of “The Quest Network” and “Bluezones” a team of explorers and scientists who have come together for the love of exploration, scientific popularization and the use of modern technology to create online interactive expeditions.
He has photographed advertising campaigns for major companies such as Canon, Saatchi & Saatchi, UBS.
His images are represented by National Geographic Image Collection.
He loves to share his knowledge both on photography and on the digital world, he is a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), and holds seminars and teaches digital photography courses such as the Toscana Photographic Workshop and the Canon Academy.
He is the Managing Director and Lecturing Supervisor of CruisePhotoFactory, a company that produces and organizes photographic workshops and events, set both in onshore locations near water and in the confort of cruise ships, postal boats and old sailing ships, based on the know how of the world leading professionals and photographers that boast continuing collaborations with major international publications, including among others, the National Geographic, Magnum, Sport Illustrated.
When not on assignment Gianluca lives between the forests of Switzerland eating italian Parma cheese and ham.