Stefano Azario (b. Paris, 1966) is a photographer and director best known for his work with children. “My work has little to do with kids, I just love the unpremeditated ease of childhood”. Stefano uses the camera to make sense of the world around him and his images bring visual order to the chaos he feels surrounded by. His dexterity with the medium allows him to be comfortable working alone on his street photography as well as directing a large crew on a film set. His emphasis is on making heartfelt images that tell compelling human stories. Recent areas of working interest have been grandmothers and their grandchildren, Italy’s ageing infrastructure, and creatively collaborating with his own family.
A testament to his success is his relationship with Gap Kids and BabyGap, for whom he contributed to global advertising campaigns almost uninterruptedly for over 25 years.
Vogue Bambini was another long-standing work relationship for Stefano, who contributed to the magazine for over 20 years until it’s recent closure. In 2013, an entire issue was dedicated to Stefano’s photography with a photographic essay about his own childhood titled " The Story of Happy ".