Entry Title: "The Cigar World"
Name: Nicola Majocchi , United States
Category and Expertise: Other_AD, Professional

Entry Description: A journey into the deepest regions of Honduras and Nicaragua to document the largest plantation of tobacco leaves. Guarded by heavily armed security and surrounded by breathy taking landscapes.

About the Artist:

Nicola Majocchi spent his teenaged years hurtling down the snow-covered slopes of the Italian Alps as a member of Italy’s Junior Downhill Ski Team. By the time he was 19 years old, however, 15 broken bones and two knee surgeries had given him ample reason to trade in his skis for a Hasselblad. In 1988, after graduating from the Brooks Institute with honors and a bachelor’s degree in photographic illustration, Majocchi headed to New York City, where he landed a job as an assistant to Irving Penn. After five years of working with Penn on accounts such as L’Oreal, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Clinique and Vogue, Majocchi struck out on his own.Before long, his signature photographic style — a postmodern mix of urban edginess, elegant juxtapositions, and a timeless romanticism that rises ineluctably out of his European past — had solidified his position as one of New York’s most sought-after fashion and beauty photographers. Today, Majocchi’s clients include Nike, Versace, Reebok, Levis, New York City Ballet, Cirque du Soleil for Conde Nast Publications among many others. Some of the European and American publications Nicola shoots for, include Vogue, Vanity Fair, Madame and Surface.