Marco Di Lauro was born in Milan in 1970 and is based in Rome, Italy. He took his first photograph at the age of 14, during a vacation in Egypt. His mother taught him how to use the Olympus OM10 and frame his first landscapes.
The attraction he felt for beauty as the truest expression of every form of life (and its reason for being) led him to dream of a future as an art critic and to study Italian literature and art history at the State University of Milan. He then enrolled in a Journalism course at Boston University. In 1995, he returned to Italy and received a diploma in photography from the European Institute of Design in Milan.
In July of 1998, he paid his own way to Kosovo, where he is one of the few photo-reporters there when the ethnic cleansing begins, just months after his arrival. After Kosovo, Di Lauro became a member of the AP staff and coverd the 2000 Jubilee of the Catholic Church from Rome. In July of 2001, he coverd the G8 summit in Genoa, and in October of the same year, two weeks after the attack on Manhattan’s Twin Towers, he decides to leave on his own for Afghanistan, entering the country on foot from the north, over mountains that reach five thousand meters in altitude. For the second time in three years, he finds himself in the right place at the right time: he is one of the first Westerners able to cover the fall of Kabul from the inside, under the fire of the troops of the Northern Alliance, who take over the city on 13 November 2001.
In September of 2002, Marco Di Lauro begins starts working under an exclusive contract for Getty Images News Service, covering the Middle Eastern conflict in the Gaza Strip and then he spends almost all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, documenting the American invasion and the drama of the Iraqi people.
In all the stories he photographs, whether large or small, in Italy, Peru, India, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Gaza, Egypt, Kenya, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Uganda, Chad, Sudan, Jordan, Bosnia, Spain and West Bank, Marco Di Lauro always attempts to capture the sacred side of life and its deeper meaning. Along with his wartime coverage, Marco Di Lauro has been on hand for more traditional, though no less hard-fought, clashes, such as the Palio of Siena horserace and the battle of the oranges that breaks out every year in the city of Ivrea in Italy at Carnival time.
In 2007 Di Lauro left the news wire service and was exclusively represented by Getty Images Reportage where he was published and on assignment for Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Fortune, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Outside Magazine, New Yorker, Bloomberg Business Week, Irish times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Live Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Paris Match, Le Monde, Nouvel Observateur, Lexpress, Liberation, Internazionale, Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, Panorama, L’espresso, Elmundo, El Pais and he has been working regularly for organizations like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, Save the Children, AMREF and CNN.