Ernesto was born in Palermo, Italy. He received his first camera when he was fourteen years old, and since then photography has been more than a profession: a true passion, a mission in his life. In 2002, Ernesto Bazan created his own photographic workshops providing special emphasis in Latin America. His personal and unique teaching skills have provided great inspiration to many of his students.
He’s the author of several books: The Perpetual Past (1982) and Passing
Through (1993). In 2008, he founded BazanPhotos Publishing with his students and began self-publishing his books that include BazanCuba (2008), Al Campo (2011), Isla (2014), Before You Grow Up (2017) and, 25 de Noviembre (2020). He has also helped some of his best students self-publish their books with BPP.
He has won some of the world’s most prestigious photographic awards, among them the World Press Photo award among them the W. Eugene Smith Grant, and fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
His photographs have been exhibited in Europe, Latin America, and the United States and remain in private and permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the International Center for Photography,New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts,Houston; and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France.
He lives in Jersey City with his family and their dog Diva.