Born in 1943 into a family of artists, he's brought up in Via Margutta, the heart of the gallery district in Rome, Claudio Abate got his first camera at the age of twelve. At sixteen he was working for a Press service Agency and at eighteen he was the assistant of Eric lessing, world famous Life Magazine and Magnum photographer. With this remarkable training, Abate bagan creating his own work, photographing the avant-garde art movements of the 60s and 70s in Rome: Arte Povera, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Body Art, Narrative Art, contemporary theatrical performances and dance events. The photographic survay by Claudio Abate includes installations, sculptures, paintings and performances made by iconic artists such as Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Gino De Dominicis, Nicola De Maria, Jan Fabre, Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio and many more. MART in Rovereto celebrated his work in 2007 with a major retrospective, which later travelled to Villa Medici in Rome and to the Submarine base Museum in Bordeaux. Photology has been exhibiting his work since 2003, with a solo show in Milano in 2007 and the publication of his most complete monograph: Claudio Abate, Installation and performance art. His large format work was included in other group shows: Italian Photoartists in 2007 and UAI - United Artists of Italy in 2008 and Alighiero Boetti Inquadrature in 2011. Claudio Abate still lives in San Lorenzo in Rome.