Bruno Cattani was born in Reggio Emilia in 1964. He starts taking photographs in 1982. and has worked as a photo journalist since 1988. In 1996 he takes part in a photographic research on the museums of Reggio Emilia, starting his study 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.
In the year 2000 he is one of the artists in the D'après L’Antique exhibition at the Museum 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. Places in time also becomes a solo exhibition curated by Walter Guadagnini at the Galleria Civica in Modena In 2005 he begins his research on memory as a journey seeking to revive the past with emotional and evocative narrative images. In the spring of 2010 this becomes an exhibition Memorie accompanied by a the book of the same title, curated by Sandro Parmiggiani. He has taken part in the third edition of Reggio Emilia – Fotografia Europea.
He is among the artists invited by Italo Zannier to exhibit at the Italian Pavilion of the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale with six photographs from Memorie.
A work dedicated to the body in the world of sculpture - the result of years of research within exhibition spaces throughout Europe - Eros is shown for the first time at the Chic Art Fair in Paris in 2012.
Playing Dreams a foray into the fantasy world of childhood through toys, is among the recent works shown at Arte Fiera in Bologna 2014.
He collaborates with several galleries in Italy and abroad.
His photos have been exhibited in many Art Fairs in Italy, Europe and in the States (Arte Fiera Bologna, Mia Milan, Turin, Verona, Paris, Brussels, Miami).
He is among the finalists of the BNL Award at Mia Fair, Milan both in 2013 and 2014 and the winner in 2015
His works are part of the permanent collections of 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, Parisi, Musée Réattu d’Arles, Musée de la photographie di Charleroi, Musée Nicephore Niéce Ville de Chalon sur Saône, Maison, The United States Museum of Photography, and the Museum of Thessaloniki (Greece).