Photographs of the Global Tobacco Industry by Rocco Rorandelli

Documentary photographer Rocco Rorandelli spent ten years photographing the global tobacco industry. The photos below were taken in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and the US. His full bio is below.

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Tobaccofree Earth supports the work of Rocco Rorandelli (Italy, b. 1973), a documentary photographer with a profound interest in global social and environmental issues. His images have been utilized in awareness campaigns of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and published by Le Monde Magazine, GEO, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Paris Match, Vanity Fair, the Guardian Review, L’Espresso, and others.

Over a ten-year period, he shot photos in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia and the US. In 2011 he was awarded a grant by the Fund for Investigative Journalism to continue his project on the global tobacco industry. He hopes to publish a book of his stunning photos. Rocco is based in Rome, and is one of the founding members of the collective.

These photos may not be reproduced without his permission; please contact the photographer directly through his web page at

To order Bitter Leaves, a new book of Mr. Rorandelli’s stunning photos published in September, 2019, click here.

Black and white image of documentary photographer Rocco Rorandelli.

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