Federica Ghidelli was born and raised in Italy, where she graduated in Fashion Design in a prestigious school in Milan. 

After for some years designing clothing and textile accessories, she moved to Chicago in 2013 and embraced photography as a new way to express her vision and creativity.

Ghidelli brings a lot of her designing experience into her photography work. The color palette of each photo is accurately chosen, and then combined with light and texture. The idea of ‘going beyond’ the photo, is a motto in Ghidelli’s craft, whose goal is to take the viewer through a sensorial experience.

Ghidelli’s work has been well received at prestigious photography competitions, such as Px3 and IPA, and it has been exhibited internationally. In 2018, her “Inception” series was awarded at the Margaret Cameron’s Awards, and showcased in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2021, Ghidelli collaborated with Susan Aurinko and brought the project 'LensFlair Edition' to life. The result was a limited edition collection of scarves based on Aurinko's original photos from around the world.

Ghidelli is also a curator, and associate director at Chicago Photography Classes.



2021 Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) for "Flora" series

2019 Honorable Mention in two categories at the International Photography Awards (IPA) for "Undisclosed" series

2018 Honorable Mention at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (Gala) for "Inception" series

2018 Honorable Mention at International Photography Awards (IPA) for "Inception" series

2017 Honorable Mention at International Photography Awards (IPA) for "Midnight Flowers" series

2017 Gold Medal Award at Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3) for "Midnight Flowers" series



2020 WithINsight Gallery (Chicago)

2019 Galeria Valid Foto Bcn. Barcelona (Spain)

2019 1070 Art Gallery (Chicago)

2019 Jackson Junge Gallery (Chicago)

2018 Dollop Coffee, Chicago

2017 Ravenswood Art Walk, WithInSight Gallery, Chicago


2021 "The Power of Color" at WithINsight Gallery (Chicago), special juror: Jane Fulton Alt

2020 "Around the world with CPC" at WithINsight Gallery (Chicago)

2020 "The Greater good" at Hairpin Art Center (Chicago)

2020 "The Greater good" at WithINsight Gallery (Chicago)

2019 "Matter of Emotion" at Over the Rainbow Association (Evanston, IL)

2019 "Matter of Emotion" at Oliva Gallery (Chicago)

2019 "Matter of Emotion" at Highland Park Art Center (Highland Park, IL)


2006-2009 Bachelor in Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni in Milan (Italy)


Work experience


Current | Associate Director at Chicago Photography Classes (Chicago)