Michele Palazzo
I'm Italian by blood, Architect by training, and Photographer by heart. A visual storyteller, weaving narratives through people’s movements and emotions.

I live and operate in New York City.

My photographs of architecture and life in the city have gained great acclaim, especially a recent series taken during the Winter Storm Jonas in winter 2016. The rich, deserted winter cityscapes capture an enchanting side of New York City often obscured in modern times, and offer another glimpse of what makes New York such a unique place.

My photos are tied to the people and their environment, their movements and emotions, I'm interested in those little quirks that connect us as humans. It's that sort of mundane daily things I want to document, and slowly it became a daily routine for me. It makes the world a little closer, especially in New York City.

You can follow me also on:
Instagram: streetfauna
EyeEm: streetfauna

Member of: APA & Royal Photographic Society


Below Zero - Adventures in the cold by Gestalten

Fabrik Magazine #36 - 2017

National Geographic Magazine - December 2016 - Italy

Polka Magazine #33 - 2016 - France

FotoMAGAZIN #4 - April 2016 - Germany

Digital photographer Magazine - UK


Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 - Royal Photographic Society - 2nd Place

Better Photography Magazine, Photo of the Year 2017 - Gold Award

Second Place at The 2017 Washington Post Travel photo contest

On The Street Competition - 3th Place
Fabrik Magazine #36 - 2017

Honorable Mention and Book Publication “Urban & Human Empathy”, as part of Trieste Photo Days 2017.

PDN Photo Annual Awards 2017 - Personal Works

Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 - First Price - Category CITIES - ARCHITECTURE & SPACES

National Geographic Italia: First and Second Price - Category Luoghi e Paesaggi

i-Shot by Leica: Premium Photo Competition 2015 - First Price

i-Shot by Leica: Child Photo Competition 2015 n.6 - Mark of Excellence

i-Shot by Leica: City Competition 5 2015 - Mark of Excellence

i-Shot by Leica: Black and White Photo Competition 4 2015 - Mark of Excellence

TIFA 2016 - Tokyo International Foto Awards - Second Price in Architecture / Cityscapes

International Photographer of the Year 2015 - First Place Category: Architecture: Cityscapes

Fine Arts Photography Awards: Cityscape 3rd Place Winner

MIFA (Moscow International Photo Award): First Place Professsional winner 2016, Category: Architecture-Buildings


FRAGILE: Collective exhibition Open Call for AD Gallery in Florence, Italy  23-25 February, 2018

DOVE COMINCIA IL MONDO: Solo Exhibition @Still Gallery, Milan, Italy. November 29th 2017 to January 12th 2018. Curated by Denis Curti and Maria Vittoria Baravelli

Clio Art Fair October 19-22, 2017: Limited Edition Flatiron Building in the Snowstorm and Mixed media collaboration with Artist Giorgio Casu

Marco Gallotta "Hybrid Theory" October 6-28, 2017: Mixed media collaboration with my photo of Matera

Travel Photographer of the Year 2016: London from 4th August to 3rd September 2017 at 10 Stockwell Street at the University of Greenwich

Streetwise: May 25th, 2017 Juror: Bruce Gilden at Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., VT, USA

Travel Photographer of the Year 2016: Hull UK City of Culture. 18th May to 30th June 2017 at Princes Quay, Hull, England

Present but not involved: An Exhibition of Street Photography featuring the winners of Fabrik’s 2017 On The Street Photo Competition at Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles 4.29.2017

#UNSEEN Art Project by Giorgio Casu & Michele Palazzo
5.6.2016 / 136 Bowery Art Space, New York City

SUBTLE SHIFT Art Collective
6.18.2016 / Two Bridges Gallery Building, 35 East Broadway, New York



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From my Instagram account


Artscore: New York è street fauna. A Milano la fotografia di Michele Palazzo

The Guardian: I wandered through an empty New York

The Telegraph: Weather Photographer of the Year 2017

The Times UK: Weather Photographer of the Year

Lensculture: Emerging from the Dark

Graine de PhotographeStreet photography en pleine tempête de neige à New-York avec Michele Palazzo

EyeEmHow Michele Palazzo Breaks New Ground

Saatchi Gallery UKFacebook Profile and Twitter

The TelegraphThis glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting

This is ColossalThis Photograph of the NYC Winter Storm Looks Like an Impressionist Painting

My Modern MetNYC Winter Storm Photo Remarkably Resembles an Impressionist Painting

EyeEm BlogGoing Viral With EyeEm: The Story Behind THAT #Blizzard2016 Photo

The PhoblogapherStreet Fauna: A Deep Love for Street Photography in NYC

Lost at e MinorWe speak to the talented photographer whose NYC blizzard photo went viral

GessatoItalian Photographer Michele Palazzo Paints A Unique Image Of New York

Resto del CarlinoLa foto simbolo della tempesta di New York è di un ravennate

La Voce di New YorkMichele Palazzo: quando uno scatto può cambiarti la vita

DIY PhotographyThe life of a viral photographer

The PhoblographerMichele Palazzo’s Images of NYC in the Rain Evoke a Painterly Beauty


RAI ItaliaDi Ippolito Leotta. Qualche mese fa Michele ha scattato una “foto perfetta” nel corso di una bufera di neve che ha colpito la Grande Mela. L’immagine – davvero molto suggestiva - ha fatto il giro del mondo. Video Intervista

B&H Event Space, The Life of a Viral Photograph: