(Spalato 1886 – Rome 1971)
Of Jewish origins, he spent his childhood in Spalato and studied in Venice, where he earned a degree in economics in 1907. During the early years of World War I, he definitively moved to Italy to escape the Austrian regime and at this time he made use of his experience photographing during university. He began documenting the folklore of Lazio and Abruzzo, perfecting the bromoil and gum bichromate techniques. In 1919, he opened the Società Tipografica Grafia S.E.D.A., which in 1924 became I.F.I. (Istituto Fotografico Italiano), and took part in various publishing projects with his photo campaigns. In fact, one year later he opened his own publishing house, Luciano Morpurgo. Some of his most important exhibitions include one on Palestine and Jordan from 1927, as well as other trips to Dalmatia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania.