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Vincent Cianni

Documentary photographer Vincent Cianni graduated from Penn State University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and SUNY New Paltz. He teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. He currently lives in Newburgh, NY.

Cianni’s documentary work explores community and memory, the human condition, and the use of image and text. We Skate Hardcore, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies in 2004, was voted Best Book Design by the American Association of University Presses.  His work has also been reproduced in photo journals and anthologies such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Double Take, Photograph, Creative Camera, The Sun, and The New Yorker.

His photographs have been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Nasher Museum, Photographers’ Gallery, London; the 7th International Photography Festival in Mannheim; and the George Eastman House.

A major survey of his work was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 2006. Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library established a study archive to insure the preservation of all his documentary projects as part of the Archive for Documentary Arts.

His photographs are represented in numerous public and private collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Kinsey Institute for Sexual Research, and Bibliotecque National de France.

Further information on Gays in the Military:

The U.S. military has a long history of human rights abuses against homosexuals resulting in lost careers and shattered lives. From 2009 to 2013, documentary photographer Vincent Cianni made a series of road trips across the United States to interview and photograph gay and lesbian U.S. military veterans and active-duty service members, many of whom were highly skilled, well educated, patriotic and productive. His mission was to document how the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service personnel, which ended just two and a half years ago, impacted their careers in the armed forces and their civilian lives afterwards. The culmination of Cianni’s intense journey is Gays in the Military (Daylight May 2014) which brings together over fifty portraits and testimonies of individuals and couples who openly share their compelling stories of the harassment, discrimination and indignities they endured. The book includes essays by Alison NordströmAlan M. Steinman, MD, and Lt. Donald R. Bramer that shed light on the cultural, personal and political consequences of the ban on homosexuality.


Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University

Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro

The Kinsey Institute for Sexual Research

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

George Eastman House

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Museum of the City of New York

The International Collection, Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA

Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida

Museet fur Fotokunst, Sweden

Bibliotheque National de France, Paris

The Buhl Collection, NYC

Reader’s Digest Collection, Pleasantville, NY

Palm Springs Art Museum, FL

Brooklyn Union Gas, Brooklyn, NY

The Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY

Musee Pierre Noel, Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France

James Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, P

The Midtown Y Photography Gallery Collection, New York, NY

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD