Turi Calafato was born in Italy in March 1979. He completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours in 2002 and worked as pharmacist for several years before working as a freelance photographer. He has always been very fond of visual arts but his interest in photography began only few years ago, in 2011. He is a self taught photographer and at the end of 2012 he began to work professionally in this field.

His main interest is documentary photography. He has exhibited several times in Sicily, in either solo or group exhibition, and internationally in London, Atlanta and Brooklyn. He has won several international awards, such as the World Press Photo, 1x Photo Awards, shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Awards, Life Framer and Photolux Leica Awards, Honorable mentions at the MIFA and IPA.