He began to study photography at the age of fourteen, and from then on it became his passion and profession.
After graduating in advertising he received his Master’s degree in photography in Milan, after which he moved to London to work.
From 1995 to 2001 Galano lived in New York and worked as a reporter and correspondent for various Italian and international magazines.
During that time his passion for portraits inspired him to travel to collect stories and emotions of individuals he met in the United States, Latin America and the tribes of the Amazon Rainforest, Chiapas and South-East Asia.
Based on his rainforest tribe project in 1998 the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation of New York awarded him with a Fellowship in Photography. This enabled him to shoot, produce and publish his book Sidewalk Stories.
Salvo Galano’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, USA, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and France. He has also realized two underwater exhibitions; In 2014 “Passaggio a sudest” an underwater journey through south-east Asia on the island of Ponza and in 2016 “Stars” to celebrate integration on the island of Lampedusa, the iconic site of Europe’s migrant flow.
Among Advertising Clients/Brands: American Express, Arval BNP Paribas, Grana Padano, Mc Donald’s, Kellog’s, Poste Italiane, Luxottica, Samsung, Unicef and Univeristà Cattolica.
Il passato nel presente (The past in the present), Art Studio, Milan, 1992
Facial landscapes – Rain Forest, Cappelletti Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2000
Sidewalk stories, PowerHouse Books, New York, 2001
L’isola (The island), Peliti Associati, Rome, 2002
2016 “Stars”: Underwater photography exhibition Cala Croce bay – island of Lampedusa, Italy
2014 “Passaggio a Sudest”: Underwater photography exhibition Frontone bay – island of Ponza, Italy
2013 “Nomades-Land”: Hall of Marais, Paris
2010 “Home Sweet Home”: TOI Theatre of Imagination, Milan
2010 “Home Sweet Home”: Ozone Gallery, Belgrade
2010 “Photogalleria”: The Hub, Milan (group show)
2004 “Facial Landscapes – Amazon”: Cappelletti Gallery, Amsterdam
2002 “L’isola”: Municipal Museum – Island of Ponza, Italy
2001 “Sidewalk stories”: Buhl Foundation, New York
2000 “Facial Landscapes – Rainforest”: Cappelletti Gallery, Milan
1999 “Parsons school of Design”: New York (group show)
1998 “New York @ 100″: Rockland Center for the Arts, New York (group show)
1998 “Facial Landscapes – Amazon”: Ozone Gallery, New York
1997 “Facial Landscapes – New York, Venezuela”: Ogilvy & Mather Gallery, New York
1993 “Percorsi Lombardi”: Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan
1993 “Tribute to Enzo Nocera”: Fiori Chiari Space, Milan (group show)
1992 “Il Passato nel Presente”: Diaframma Kodak Cultura Gallery, Milan
1992 “Fotografi Italiani”: Accademy Carrara, Bergamo (group show)
1988 “Zoomiamo Milano”: Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, Milan (group show)