Ernesto Fantozzi was born in Milan in 1931 and started to take photographs in 1958, joining from the very beginning of his career the Circolo Fotografico Milanese (Milan Photography Circle). In 1962 he was awarded with the distinction of AFIAP (Artiste de la Federation International de l’Art Photographique). Around that period his work is featured in numerous personal and group exhibitions and his photographs, that show the typical features of a reportage approach, are often noticed and appreciated by the critiques. Together with Carlo Cosulich, he is one of the founders of the Gruppo 66, a group of amateur photographers that aim to document people’s daily life in Milan. During the 90s he once again dedicates his visual research to the inhabitants of his city and focuses on the works of craftsmen whose profession was becoming more and more rare, like the silversmiths. In 2002 he was nominated “Author of the Year” by FIAF (Italian Federation of the Photographic Associations) and in 2003 he was given the distinction of “Master of the Italian Photography”. His production keeps on been displayed in many exhibitions.
A selection of his photographs is included in the international touring exhibition nd in the book NeoRealismo. La nuova immagine in Italia 1932-1960, published in Italian editions (Admira Edizioni, 2006), Spanish (La Fábrica Editorial, 2007), German (Christoph Merian Verlag / Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2007) and English (DelMonico Books•Prestel / Admira Edizioni, 2018).
His works have been acquired by private collections and public institutions and are included in the recent acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).