Valerio Bispuri was born in Rome in 1971. Since 2001, he has worked as a professional reporter, collaborating with many Italian and international magazines.
He worked for 10 years on Encerrados, a long-term photographic project on life in 74 different prisons, both male and female, across the South American continent. Encerrados was shown at the Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, at the "Palazzo delle Esposizioni" in Rome and at the "Bronx Documentary Center" of New York. In 2015 Encerrados became a book published by Contrasto.
In 2017, after almost 14 years, Valerio completed another important project denouncing the distribution and the effects of the new drug known as paco which, before being published as a book, was exhibited at the 2016 "Visa pour l’Image" festival. Encerrados and Paco have been awarded numerous international prizes, including the Sony World Photography Awards, Picture of the Year, Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards, and Latin American Picture of the Year.
Bispuri is currently working on three other long-term projects, devoted respectively to Italian prisons, female victims of slave trafficking in Argentina and the reality of deaf.