Bruno Cattani starts taking photographs in 1982 and has worked as a photojournalist since 1988.  In 1996 he is one of the artists participating in the photographic research on the museums of Reggio Emilia, starting his research on the Places of art. Over the years he receives numerous research commissions in museums such as the Musée Rodin, the Musée du Louvre, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the National Institute for Graphics, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii. He is one of the artists in the D’après L’Antique  exhibition at the Musée du Louvre and, in the same year, his show  Places of Art is inserted into the program of the Mois de la Photo in Paris. In 2002  Figure nel tempo  becomes a solo exhibition curated by Walter Guadagnini at the Galleria Civica in Modena. In 2003 some of his photographs commissioned by the Musée Rodin in Paris, are included in the exhibition curated by Sandro Parmiggiani Camille Claudel: Anatomy of the inner life held at Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia.

In 2005 he begins his research on memories unfolding like a journey seeking to revive the past with emotional, evocative and narrative images. In 2008 he is among the artists invited to the third edition of Fotografia Europea Festival. In the spring of 2010 this research becomes an exhibition Memorie accompanied by the book of the same title published by Allemandi and curated by Sandro Parmigiani . 

He is among the artists invited by Italo Zannier to exhibit at the Italian Pavilion of the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale with six photographs from the series Memorie.

A series of works dedicated to the body in the world of sculpture, the result of years of research within exhibition spaces throughout Europe, Eros was presented for the first time at the Chic Art Fair in Paris in 2012. 

Both in 2013 and 2014 with Playing Dreams a foray into the fantasy world of childhood through toys, he is present at Arte Fera Bologna first and MIA Fair second.

In 2014 the new edition of his book Memorie is released with the addition of many new images and published by Danilo Montanari Editore. The book is presented during his solo shows at Bugno Art Gallery in Venice, at the Spilimbergo Festival promoted by CRAF and at the end of 2015 at Photographica Fine Art of Lugano. The choreographer Valerio Longo chooses his images for the video of Nude Anime, specifically made for the show at the Aterballetto.

In March 2016 the whole project The Memory Box, based on the series Memorie, becomes a major exhibition at   Palazzo Ducale Foundation for Culture in Genoa, followed in December 2016, again in Genoa, with his solo show Carousel at VisionQuesT  contemporary photography.  A few months later in the February 2017 issue, the British Journal of Photography publishes an article on the series Carousel in its Projects section.

He has taken part in many collective exhibitions with several galleries both in Italy and abroad  and  his photos have been exhibited in many Art Fairs  in Italy,  Europe and the USA (Arte Fiera Bologna, Mia Milan, Turin, Verona, Paris, Brussels, Context Art Miami, Lyon, and Photo London).
He is among the finalists of the BNL Award at Mia Fair in Milan both in 2013 and 2014, winning the first price in 2015.

His works are part of the permanent collections in the Archives Photographiques du Musée du Louvre, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples, Bibliotéque Nationale de France in Paris, Musée Réattu  d’Arles, Musée de la photographie of Charleroi, Musée Nicephore Niéce Ville de Chalon sur Saône,  the United States  Museum of Photography, and the Museum of Thessaloniki (Greece).