Giovanna Calvenzi graduated in Literature at the Università Cattolica di Milano and taught History of Photography and Photographic Language for eleven years. She has collaborated with numerous publications including "Capital", "Amica", "Domus", "Interni", "Photo Italia", "Linea Grafica". In 1987 she became editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine "Max" and in October of the same year she was named photo editor of "7", a weekly magazine published with "Corriere della Sera". In 1990 she became director of photography at "Vanity Fair" and in 1991 at the monthly magazine "Lei Glamour". In the same year she became photo editor of "Moda", from the new ERI. She worked as photo editor at the editorial staff of "Sportweek" and as an image consultant for Periodici San Paolo. Since 2016 she has been image consultant for "Donna Moderna" by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. In 1998, she was artistic director of the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles and in 2014, artistic delegate of the Mois de la Photo in Paris. She teaches photo editing and her research focuses on contemporary photography.