Joe Oppedisano was born in Italy, and when he was 8 years old his family moved to New York. He began taking photographs at a very young age, and in 1971 he enrolled in Queens College, where he took his first photography course in 1974. That same year he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts, and was soon working as an assistant to well-known photographers in the field of advertising. In 1976 he began his freelance career, when Alitalia commissioned a promotion of Tuscany, and then later with a series of images of the earthquake in Friuli and its effect on the residents for the Philadelphia Herald. In 1979 the International Center of Photography of New York invited him to Venezia '79 la Fotografia, where he assisted various international groups. In 1982 Oppedisano moved back to Italy, to Milan, where he was the cultural reporter for the American magazine Attenzione, while also working for a number of publishing companies and magazines (Capital - Auto Capital) and advertising agencies. Some of his best-known campaigns were for Adidas, Yomo, Pioneer, Hitachi, Panasonic, Grunding, Kodak, Apple, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Campari, Ras and many more.
In addition to his commercial work, Oppedisano experimented with images and genres, such as portraits, nudes, landscapes, collages, as well as in-depth research of the photographic technical medium itself. As a result, he developed a very personal and original language, based upon the idea of prolonging the real time of vision: a technique that he devised by modifying his camera in a unique way, so that the separate frames in a film roll become fused to one another, and create the series he named “Extensions.” The photos that are the result of his continuous research have been widely published and have been the subject of exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.