David Umberto Zappa
Commercial Photographer

Umberto is an Italian / Swiss photographer and director based in La Spezia. His photo series range from international advertising campaigns to portraiture, action sports and historical re-enactment scenes.


Graduated in 2001 at Spéos Photographic institute of Paris he lived in South America for three years travelling and shooting both for Eye Press, a Hong Kong based press agency, and for a variety of Italian papermaking industries specialising mainly in landscape and travel photography.

Slowly his photographic content has shifted first to action sports such as extreme skiing, publishing on several international magazines, then to portraiture and advertising.
His style is classic, clean and with a cinematic look.

In 2016 one of his advertising campaigns was awarded the 13° Press & Outdoor Key Award – Ambient Media.
Umberto has worked as a photographer or director for Outfit srl, Timberland, EA7, Benetton, Canali, Jacob Cohën, Stonecycle, Santi Diving, Polygiene AB, Powermarine, Franck Muller Yachts, Montura, Yamaha.