Filippo Labate was born on November 19th, 1973 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. In 1994, he started his career as a photographer. His interests were concentrated on reporting, naturalistic, advertising and wedding shootings. As a freelance photographer he has collaborated with some advertising agencies working on private and public communication, as well as commercial reportage projects. - Francesco Mento’s Photo and Advertising Studio, Messina, Italy In 2006, after completing 1800 hours course in IFTS (Superior Technical Educational Institute), he obtained post-graduation professional certificate as an expert in development and use of interactive and multimedia technologies and techniques in photo retouching. He has completed the following trainings: - International Graphic School of Venice, Italy. - London School of Music and Media, England. - Agency ExecuTrain Milan, Italy. - Francesco Cufari (Photographer for ANSA Agency and CALABRIA ORA cover) Italy. Associated NPS Italia (Nikon Professional Services). He currently lives in Saint Petersburg (Russia).