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Born in 1971 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Leo Barizzoni started in photography in 1993.
Since 1994 he has worked in media: the daily La República (1994-1997), magazine Tres (1997-2000) and since 2000 he has been chief photographer for magazine Galería de Búsqueda.
Moreover, since 2000 he teaches photography at Universidad ORT in Montevideo.
In 2005 he released his first book, "Imágenes caminantes" (editorial Banda Oriental), a series of photographs of street situations, in black and white, which was followed by "Uruguayos" (Santillana, 2008), with over one hundred portraits of Uruguayan personalities.
In 2010 he published "Buitres... el cielo puede esperar" (Santillana), a photographic report of one of the biggest rock bands of Uruguay, Buitres después de la una.
He is also co-author with Mario Delgado Aparaín and Carlos Contreras of "Boliches Montevideanos" (Banda Oriental, 2005), published in Buenos Aires under the name “Tangos en bares y cafés de dos orillas”.
His photographic exhibitions include: "Piñeyreando" (1997), "Paris enFoco" (1999), "Hall" (2001) and "Imágenes caminantes" I and II (1996 and 2003).
In 2010 he exhibited "Photographs" on Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and in 2011 he was selected to exhibit "Uruguayos" in the Photo Gallery Open Air of Rodó Park, by the Municipal Center of Photography in Montevideo.
Abroad, in 2010 Barizzoni exhibited "Imágenes caminantes" in the Uruguayan Consulate in New York and "Uruguayos" in the Uruguayan Embassy in Washington.
In 2011 "Uruguayos" was exhibited at the King Juan Carlos Center in New York.

In 2012 he presented “Snaps”, a series of black and white and color street photographs, at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires. “Snaps” was also exhibited in May 2013 at the Spanish Center of New York.

Barizzoni also participated in collective photo exhibitions in Uruguay, USA and Belgium. In 2012 he was invited to include his photographies in the exhibition "Photography and identity: A Look at Latin America and the Caribbean" in South Korea.