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INTERVIEW WITH … Marco Rilli

Researched by Roberta Pastore

MARCO RILLI

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Marco was born in Florence on Feb. 7, 1965, the second of two children. He was always attracted by the visual arts and he was involved in photography since childhood on and off, since 1999 more systematically. Over the years he participated in various collective exhibitions. With “Itinere” he exhibited in Rome at the Hawk’s Nest, with the exhibition called “In strada Fabula”,  the publication of a catalog will follow. His photos are published in newspapers, calendars and book covers. He deals with social photography and portraits, he creates reports and currently he is working on a project on multicultural society called “Welcome, storie d’integrazione”

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When did your passion for the photography start?

I have always had it. As a child I was the one who took all the photos in the family, the result ? Poor family albums and I ended up completely lacking in them. Then came adolescence and photography was not  the first love of my life anymore . A passion that become more conscious in 2009 when I am overwhelmed by the disappointment  finding out the bad result of my photos.

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What was your first camera?

A Polaroid zip and then a Richo compact . Of the Polaroid (which I still have today). I distinctly remember the smell of the chemicals and the intensity of the moments that preceded the appearance of the picture. The Richo taught me to be more patient and thoughtful.

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What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

For me it is easier to say what should not be: rhetoric, rhetoric is the greatest danger to which it is subjected a photographer , in particular a street and reportage photographer. I do not know what should photography be  but I know what I wish my photography was: the mirror of my soul, the materialization of my thoughts. Do not I look for aesthetics, when you want to tell something  truth you have to compromise with reality. What I mean is that a picture does not have to be beautiful, it must make a contribution, it should excite, it must make a mark if albeit small.

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Which masters of photography inspires you?

The classical authors have shaped my approach to this discipline, from HCB Robert Doisneau to Capa and Diane Arbus. Among the contemporaries I like the Japanese school (although my photography appears to be light years away from it), I admire the work of Berengo Gardin, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka . I could name dozens.

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great historical photographer ?

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It is a photo from Josef Koudelka, it comes from his series about the gypsies, it moves me every time that I observe it. There is everything in that picture, the desire to document, the piety, an approach free from preconceptions and prejudice. Now I think about it and I want to take my camera and get out.

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What is your favorite technique?

When I do street photos I use the Hyperfocal technique, my favorite lens  is the classic 50mm optics, sometimes I feel the need to come closer to the subjects  then I mount the 28 mm lens. I use only fixed lenses. When I do portraits I have a more technical approach, a more reflexive one, often I pretend to tinker with the camera to chat with my subject, to try to tear down the veils that separate us , in fact I know that aperture I will use and what I would like to get  the problem is that I do not always succeed.

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Why do street photography?

Actually I do not know if my photography can be considered street, street photography today moves on paths I do not  like, I will not dwell on the definition because there are dozens of ongoing discussions on the matter. I prefer to call my photography “Life” or “Social Photography” , a bit pretentious,  but this is the definition that I feel is the correct one. I make social photography because I love to investigate the human soul, within the limits imposed by my cultural background, by my prejudices and many other limitations.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I do not  know.I do not really know, one of the more difficult things for me to judge my photos . I am very fond of a few pictures of my daughter, but that is a different matter.

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

It happens, sometimes, that I have to explain to people what I’m doing. I always do it with a smile even when I get a stronger reactions. The street photographer should care a lot about his approach, first he needs to be sure, to have the deep conviction, that he is doing nothing wrong, if you can get this mental approach problems will (almost) disappear. I never hide when I am shooting, at times I even interact with what is happening around me catching the attention of the subject, in many cases I try to get the subject to gaze into the camera , as in my series “Looks”. There is a sentence by HCB, I think, that I feel very close to my ideas : “When I take a photo,  I am living an ideal condition that might seem contradictory, but it is not at all, a perfect balance between the need for solitude and the need not to isolate myself”. I always shoot alone, I do not like collective photos shootouts, when I’m with friends I prefer to leave the camera at home.

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INTERVIEW WITH … Mauro Cangemi

Researched by Roberta Pastore

MAURO CANGEMI

Born  in  Naples on 25/10/1962 in the  San Lorenzo district,  he  lives  in  Naples  in  the Vicaria district.  Since 1978 he has pursued his passion for photography, studying imagesand poetry of the  great  masters.  Dedicating many hours of his  youth to  the  film,  the darkroom, alternating black and white to color, taking care personally of his own images, to arrive in 2000 to digital photography.  Architect by profession, photographer by need. The requirement of the story, the communication through images, the sharing of feelings.  He prefers the use of the camera without any automated function with the exception of the  light  metering.  He  prefers  the  ” Hyper-focal ”  technique.  He  favors  the  Street Photography genre.

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 When did you your passion for the photography start?

Looking at my older brother. He owned a beautiful black ASAHI PENTAX Spotmatic with a  50mm Takumar F1.4. It was 1978, I had just turned 16. Always thanks to  him I discovered the darkroom, where I learned the technique of film developing and printing. Totally overwhelmed by the passion, I began to buy the first books on the technique (I remember  dearly Andreas  Feininger)  and  the  photographic  composition  of  the  greatmasters. The need to tell a story grew stronger and stronger because, being born in a city that is  special in every sense, it was enough to  walk  through  the Historical Center and inevitably one would remain speechless observing the laminating light creeping through the hung sheets, the same one that reverberated on the ancient walls of tuff  or  the  lavastone paving of the road.

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The images of people,  daughters of ancient  folks,  with the mimicry of the gestures and the loud sound of the voice, associated with the scents and smells coming from homes on street level (low), slowly sublimated in the image taking form in my mind:  just like on a sheet of paper dipped in the developing bath. And inevery alley of  all the districts of the city, the story turned into new tale. I grew up like this: admiring such beauty in silence, waiting with infinite love and patience the precisemoment to stop the moment of my tale.

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Which was your first camera?

MIRANDA Auto Sensorex EE – Auto Miranda 50mm f1,8.

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 What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

It  is capturing a unique moment of life,  that makes  a  recognizable and shared sense,a  mix of unique factors related to the places,  the people, the time, trying as much as possible to  depart  from  the  basic  rules.  I  would  not  want  it  to be  coy  and  self- congratulatory, but a testimony of personal sensitivity towards the changing reality, at the service of the future observers.

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Which masters of photography inspires you?

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier Bresson.

What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?

Elliott Erwitt, Men Fighting,  New York, 1950.

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 What is your favorite technique?

Hyper-focal and total manual control of all the parameters .

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 Why do street photography?

I think that,  for a photographer, it  is a daily test  .  What you have  experienced just  a moment ago, it does not apply to the next one, nothing is ever repeated in this genre,  a irrepressible and never banal provider of ideas and stimuli for cultural growth.

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 Which is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I am very attached to the photographs of old ladies, residents in level road housing (low) of the historic center. Each one of them is related to a story, sweet or melancholic, happy or sad, often told by them through the memory clouded by the years. Stories related with availability  and  pride,  because  in  those  moments  of  personal  consideration  and involvement, in their infinite wisdom, they are able to perceive the quality of the people in front of them and that intends to portray them. I often received gratitude and caressesas they slowly composed, with their hands, their hair.

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What is your relationship with the street and the people that are in your shots?

I never had any problems because I move so obviously, never in furtive way.  I always ask, with an elegant and never aggressive approach, permission to portray, explaining the motivation,  trying  to  make  the  subjects  participant  of  the  story  that I intend to  tell, never taken out of context.  Nearly every time, the most  artistic  ideas come from  the subjects own involvement.

INTERVIEW WITH … Marco Giusfredi (Guy Le Guiff)

Researched by Roberta Pastore

MARCO GIUSFREDI

My name is Marco Giusfredi. I was born in Lucca where I lived until 23 more or less. Then I went to London for a while, some other places to cut it short and about eight years ago Paris where I still live now. As a photographer I’m also “known” as Guy Le Guiff, a pseudonym I chose just because I mistrust social networks. But I am working on it, as you can see.

I have always liked  to walk the street so I would define myself as a street walker more than a street photographer but unfortunately I found out that it means prostitute so…

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When did you start a passion for the photography?

When I was about 22 I followed a course of photography and I took pictures for about a year, mostly posed portraits, then when I went to London I stopped. Too much damned work for a living. I started it again three years ago and it was street. I didn’t have to search much for it. It was quite natural to me. As I said before I have always enjoyed being in the street, to observe people, what is going on around me and, following the mood, to have some kind of exchange with strangers.

 

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What was your first camera?

My first camera was a Pentax Me Super.

What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

I can only talk about the photography I enjoy making. Photography to me is just being there, in the street, as free as possible, open to the unknown, to the stranger, to meet and to be met.

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– Which masters of photography inspires you?

The world inspires me. Of course I enjoy watching photography masters, but they are just part of it. And, by the way, my culture of the image comes more from cinema than photography. But I wouldn’t be able to make cinema I guess. It implies to work with a lot of people and I like neither to give orders nor to receive them. So photography is good for me. You make it in a crowded solitude. There are the people in the street I mean.

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?

There’s no one picture.

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What is your favorite technique?

The zone focusing. Thank you Frédéric Le Mauff.

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 Why do street photography?

Because when I do it I am in a kind of trance. And it’s good to be in a trance. It’s the best way I know to live the instant.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

My best shot is the one I still have to take. It’s an idea, a desire, a chimera.

What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

The street is the adventure. The people are the players.

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INTERVIEW WITH … Katarzyna Kubiak

Researched by Roberta Pastore

KATARZYNA KUBIAK

My name is Katarzyna Kubiak. I was born in Warsaw where I live. I am 31 years old. I work in public administration. I have two loves in my life: my doughter and photography. In the future, I want to photograph became our shared passion.

In my free time I walk around the streets and take pictures of people.

Photography is something that hasn’t been present in my life for a long time but now I feel it completely changed it. I am at the beginning of my photographic adventure, there are a lot of things I need to learn but I already can’t wait to do it.

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. When did you start a passion for the photography?

It may sound funny but I’ve been taking pictures since five months. Earlier, I had been photographing people with my telephone camera, not knowing anything about street photography. It changed when, one evening, I went alone to the cinema. I had checked what was played that evening. It was a documentary called Finding Vivian Maier. Shocked and amused, I was watching that movie, realizing that this is something I have always tried and wanted to do. It was amazing. When I had gotten back home, I started to read a lot about it and I also found a Polish association in which I was able to publish my works concerning street photography. More or less at the same time I sent one of my pictures for a photographic contest which I won. Unfortunately, it turned out that, due to the fact that it was taken by the telephone, the photo does not meet technical requirements and cannot be a part of the exhibition. This was the moment, when I decided that I had to buy a camera. I started showing my pictures, in the Polish group at first, later in others which were international. It came as a surprise to me but people really liked it. Also, I was awarded for the first portrait made by me on my way home from work, what was absolutely shocking. I have never before been interested in photography. The only pictures I used to take are those brought from holidays. I have never suspected that such an accidental thing will become my passion.

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What was your first camera?

If it comes to my first camera, I had to ask my friends for a piece of advice because I was a complete amateur. The only thing I knew was that I want the camera to be small and unobtrusive. What was also important was the good quality of photographs. It had to be perfect to take it on the street or wherever I go. After about a moth of doing research I ought FUJI x100s. Then I had to figure out how to use it but this is another piece of my story . Now I really love my camera! A few days ago I also bought an old camera that needs a film to take pictures. I do love the climate and atmosphere of old pictures. Maybe soon I will be able to show some of my work’s results.

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What is photography to you?

For me, photography is a way of expressing myself. Showing how i perceive the world, how I see it. We, the people who stand on the other side of lenses, fill a photography with emotions. This is why people then have a chance to find them interesting and emotional. We catch the moment, in which, according to us, someone or something is beautiful. It is a kind of magic for me. Photography cannot be forced, otherwise it makes no sense. I do not take pictures when I am not in the mood for it or I do not feel the moment. I always have my camera with me but sometimes it is good to know when to let go.

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Which masters of photography inspire you?

To be honest, I don’t know many masters of photography. I try not to be inspired by anyone but I am sure that the fact that I watch other people’s works, subconsciously influences what I do. I’m not very good at memorizing names. Of course I can recall some notable artists, but at this moment I wouldn’t be able to tell who is especially important to me. My favorite thing to do is discovering those pictures, that are somehow hidden and unnoticed, created by young and talented people, who, although unrecognized, could be my masters.

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?

That is a difficult question. There are a lot of photographs I found memorable. Every day I discover new ones, which I like to recall. I remember one picture taken by Vivien Maier but I don’t know why it was burned into my memory. The photo shows a portrait of the woman seen from her profile, who seems to be looking around to come across the street. She is beautiful, dignified, well-dressed. She is wearing something very similar to a pearl necklace. There are other people in the background. The picture is not very special or unique, but in some way it enhances my sensitivity.

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What is your favorite technique?

Is there anything like this? I do not use any specific technique and if so, I do it unconsciously

Why do street photography?

Street photography is something that I got completely involved in. Uniqueness of the moment. Lack of modeling, artificiality. For me it is also a way of escaping the reality. Moments that are ordinary but magical. What is more, I find it addictive and exciting as it gives me the rush of adrenaline caused by the fact that I cannot control the situation. Street has its own rhythm, its own life, I am just the observer, the guest of the moment. I never know what I will be able to photograph, who I will meet in the street. Many fascinating and splendid things are happening there, but we do not always notice them. What I love most are portraits, people’s faces. Those are the things that hide the most beautiful stories.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I don’t have my favorite picture but the one that I always look at with sentiment is one of my first photos called Milky Bar. Despite the fact that a long time has passed, I still enjoy it. Usually, I can’t bear watching my pictures after one week from taking them 🙂 “Milky Bar” shows a woman sitting in a bar, deep in her thoughts, what makes the impression of her being absent. There are people eating dinners in the background, and the shadow of character string BAR on the wall. Everything remind me of Edward Hopper’s paintings. I enjoy this moment. The melancholy, secretiveness. This is the kind of climate that appeals to me most.

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INTERVIEW WITH … Riccardo Villani

 

Researched by Roberta Pastore

RICCARDO VILLANI

My name is Riccardo Villani, I was born in Monza and I live in the province of Milan. I studiedlaw at university but I left school before finishing when I realized  that was not what I reallywanted to do in life. Later I studied fine pastry at ALMA and have worked for several monthsin the laboratory of Ernst Knam. I am currently  looking for a new job and probably ;ll  bemoving to another country, perhaps Germany, in Berlin.The photo acts as  the frame to all this and my dream is to turn my passion into one of thecontents of this frame.

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Going back in time, how was your passion for photography born and how do you come in contact with the professional world?

I have always been attracted to all that is visual art, I was very young when picking up my father reflex camera, I felt it was something special, like a magic item with which capture reality and make it  something different, something of my own. I bought my first SLR only 4 or 5 years ago, with the boom of photography and began simply to play, as everybody does and as I still do nowadays.

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With reference for your works, which are the ones that have marked your entering into the world of photography?

There was a time a couple of years ago when I decided that I wanted to make photography my actual work, never choice was less apt .. Economic crisis + saturated market .. for a while I swas the assistant for a pair of photographers and in the meanwhile I did some promotional shots for emerging bands, but it never took off. I also began to appreciate a genre new for me at the time, street photography.

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How do you manage color and b / w in your photos?

Generically I take pictures always in raw + jpeg and then transform the files in monochrome or otherwise work on it with photoshop. For street use purely Lightroom, much faster and more convenient.

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What kind of camera do you use to shoot?

I own a Canon 5D mark II and a Ricoh GR, which recently replaced my old GRD IV. Lately;I’ve been using only the GR with great satisfaction, I’m really in love.

What determines the success or failure of a photo?

Surely the subject and light are important, although what really makes the difference is the taste of the author, his interpretation of reality.

When you shoot a picture, do you have an image in mind? Do you have a project of the finished shoot before the realization or your images are the result of reflection during the post­ production process?

When shooting around the city I find it hard to imagine a finished image before shooting and post production, everything is in real time, I have to be quick to capture what I see in the shortest time possible. Every second that passes is different if translated into an image. Obviously I cannot take pictures of everything.. but just of what particularly attracts my interest.

 

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Which is your best shot and what does it represent for you? 

I do not have a favorite one among my photos, there are a few that I find more successfulthan the others, who give more emotions. I am constantly changing and I always need new shots because I get bored quickly of the old ones. My photos are representative  of myself  in the period in which I took them, and I remember of that particular time .. but this is my point ofview, others are perfectly free to give to each shot of mine their interpretation and I am very happy of this .. everyone should give free rein to his own imagination.

 What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

As previously said the “street” for me is like a great plat where I capture in my own way what intrigues me. I have no relationship with the people I take pictures of, I’m a spectator, I wish not to take away any of their naturalness. Maybe in the future I might experiment with other techniques but for now I feel fine with this approach .

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What training did you follow? Who inspired you?

I am totally self­taught, I feed off the endless images that surround us and of fantasy. My tastes change with me as time goes on and so do the authors from whom I take inspiration. As for the street I have to say to be very fascinated by the Japanese aesthetic taste, in particular by Daido Moriyama, while among Americans I can name for example William Klein and Diane Arbus that I appreciate very much.

 What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

Photography for me is a form of art, a personal expression, not a technicality. The knowledge of the technique and the tools with which you work are just the way to achieve the desired result.

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Which is the photo that struck you the most of a greatest photographers in history?

I could think of dozens of great pictures, but I have to mention one, perhaps the most strange, magnificent especially for what it represents for the author: Stray Dog by Daido Moriyama, its almost a self­portrait that really fascinates me.

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 Which is your favorite technique? 

I do not have a real technique when it comes to street photography. When I can I walk around the city without a well defined path with my GR in hand, without stopping. I look at the light, the places, the people who inhabit them and choose where to go based on the interest that emerges. When I see the faces that give me something I raise my camera and I try to getas close as possible and shoot. The proximity to me is really important, I use a 28mm lens and if I want to get a close portrait this means I need to be about 1 meter from the subject or even less. I use almost always “snap focus” usually set at 1 meter and I keep the diaphragm fairly closed while trying to maintain high speed shooting.

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 Why do street photography?

I do not know if I do street photography or something like that, I know that I love to do portraits, I have always been attracted by the faces of the people, from what they can transmit, by the stories they tell and the “Street” allows me to photograph everything in the most natural way possible. Taking this kind of picture really gives me a lot of emotions, the city is set fantastic and alive, something that you can not recreate. It ‘s true. And it is interesting to try to break away and look around as if we were spectators.

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INTERVIEW WITH … Massimiliano Marchese

Researched by Roberta Pastore

MASSIMILIANO MARCHESE

I live in a small town near Catania, in Sicily (IT) and I am a traveler who love photography … I like to tell through the lens that surrounds me and I love to do it in black and white, a true expression of my shots … I love the way , the people and the looks, I’m excited to tell me the life that flows past through photography and it makes me happy to convey that emotion to the viewer my shots , the rest of the photograph is it? There are moments of life frozen in time .

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The METRO is the soul of the city, a world that runs beneath another, it is the fastest way to get from one point to another of the crowded metropolis. Millions of people flock to train stations and living in harmony with the hectic pace of everyday life … Trying to collect emotions immortalized MetroLife was born, a project made with the photos in the subways of New York, London, Paris, Lisbon.

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When did you start a passion for the photography?
I have always liked photography as art, but the real passion was born about five years ago … a friend saw my picture made with a small compact and said to me, you know you’re good? If you commit something better you can do it.

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What was your first camera?
My first SLR was a Nikon D5000, companion of a thousand adventures.

What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?
Photography for me is to tell with images the emotions I feel walking in the street, moments of life frozen in time and should not be intrusive and offensive and respect the ‘ethical and above all subjects taken, without transforming them into objects to be shown.

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Which masters of photography inspires you?
I do not think of anyone in particular inspire me . I can say that I love street photography and consequently I love photos of Bresson, Erwitt and other Magnum photographers including our Pellegrin and not to mention Scianna..Mi also like reportage and consequently McCurry, and many other great National Geographic as Alan Harvey, etc .

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?
-The picture that impressed me the most is that bicycle Cartier Bresson . I love that picture, for me it is perfect :vision, technique, composition, dynamism and luck , it’s all concentrated there.

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What is your favorite technique?
Technique?  What is it?


Why do street photography?
Why is the real picture, the one without poses, spontaneous and embarrassing at times,  exciting, narrator, geometric and full of light and shadow . I love it
 What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?
I love the photos of the two embraced on the subway in New York, I love it , for me in that shot is enclosed love, excites me always look the same, even though it’s been a while .

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?
My relationship with them and with the road? Well the road is life, everyday life and spontaneity. with people, there is no relationship, my shots are random and I think if there was a certain complicity would lose the naturalness . I just try to tell the ’emotion that transmit to me.

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Exhibition:

– Personal Exhibition in Caltagirone (CT) Italy, Nov. 2010

– Collective Exhibition “Scordia ieri, Scordia Oggi” in Scordia (CT) Italy, Jan. 2011

– Collective Exhibition “Vadda e Talia” in Scordia (CT), Italy, Jun 2011

– Collective Exhibition “Mediterranean Quilt”, Erice (TP), Ago/Sept 2011

-Collective Exhibition “Colo Artes” in Scordia (CT), Italy, Apr 2012

– Collective Exhibition “Artisti in Vetrina” Caltagirone (CT), Italy, Dec. 2013

– Collective Exhibition “Deep” in Palermo (PA), Italy, Dec. 2013

– Collective Exhibition “Una Vetrina per l’arte” in Scordia (CT), Italy, Dec 2013

– Collective Exhibition “Chi ciauru di Inetra”” in Scordia (CT), Italy, Apr 2014

– Personal Exhibition “American Beauty” in Catania (CT), Italy, Apr. 2014

– Personal Exhibition “Inedito #40” in Catania (CT), Italy, Jul. 2014

– Collective Exhibition “Street Dreams Festival in Caltagirone (CT), Italy Sept. 2014 – Collective Exhibition “ La Donna” in Monza (MB), Villa Reale, Dec. 2014

Interview :

– Interview on Street View Photography, Sept. 2013:

– Interview on APF Mag, Oct. 2013 – Interview and presentation of the project “Metropolis” at the photo club “I Lestrigoni”,Lentini(SR), Italy, Apr 2014

– Interview on Chair Mag, Oct. 2014 – Street Photography in the World, Dec. 2014
Publications: – Il Fotografo, Gennaio 2012 – APF Mag. Oct 2013

– Sociart Network Mag, Ago 2014 – Vieworld photo magazine, Gen 2014

– Rinse.io, Nov 2014

 

INTERVIEW WITH … Daniel Eliasson

Researched by Marco D’Aversa

DANIEL ELIASSON

When did you start a passion for the photography ?

I have always been photographing for as long as I can remember. Around 2008 I started my passion for street photography, which has grown ever since. At the time I didn’t know that my passion for documenting social life was called “Street Photography”.

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What was your first camera?

My first camera was a “point and shoot” camera that I got when I was about 12-13 years old. I didn’t know much about photography, but tried to carry the camera with me as much as I could. For me it was a way to collect and preserve memories. So most of my photos was from everyday life with friends and family. Ten years later I bought my first digital SLR. A Canon EOS 300D with the 18-55 kit lens. I loved the camera, and the fact that I instantly saw the result. I quickly developed my skills and learned how the lens behaved. At the time I took photos of my kids doing ordinary and mundane things; brushing teeth, crying at the dinner table, going to kindergarten and watching television. Today these pictures really means a lot to me, and I’m glad I documented real life instead of the usual posed photos that’s so common.

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What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?Photography is my way of preserving memories. Share my way of seeing the world. It’s my way of relaxation and a way to outlet my creativity.

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Which masters of photography inspires you?

My biggest inspirations are:

  • Inta Ruka – the amazing portrait photographer from Riga.
  • Vivian Maier – Since I saw her photos a couple of years ago, and realised that my street style with the person in focus was very similar to her street style.
  • Anders Petersen – A good picture should make you feel. Some of his best photos cannot leave anyone untouched.

 

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?

The photo that stuck me most is a photo from Anders Petersen’s “Mental Hospital”-series (http://www.anderspetersen.se/mental-hospital-2/). A woman with flowers in her hair hugs and kisses an older woman. The older woman has her eyes closed and you can feel the photo how this woman hasn’t been hugged in a long long time. This is pure raw emotion in a photo.

 

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What is your favorite technique?

When I shoot street photography I try to come as close as possible. My best shots are from 1-2 meters. I wait until the person notice me and shoot the second they look in the camera. This gives the photo a certain presence that’s hard to describe. After the shot many people start talking to me, and I get amazing stories from their lives. Since I never try to hide my photography, people also get a chance to ask what the heck I’m doing. I politely explain that I’m a street photographer and give them my business card. Many of my subject later starts following my photography through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DanielEliassonPhotography). You can follow my lens through this video I shot during one of my street walks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc9ROYVYjx0

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Why do street photography?

I have a passion for documenting the social life, and feel that I have an important task for coming generations. My work will be a lifetime work and hopefully my work will be viewed for years to come. I share my photos and my best photography tips on my website (www.streetpeople.se) which has an increasing number of international visitors each day. Street photography has given me a lot of professional jobs, which has giving me new opportunities to make a living on Street photography. I hold workshops and lectures in Street photography, and has also had the oppurtunity to work as a Street Photography university teacher in Gothenburg.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

One of my own favourites is a photo shot at night in a tram in Gothenburg. A young couple sits tightly and the man gently bends forward and smell the womans hair. I call the photo “The scent of your hair”. It represent my photography; emotions, instant moment and a timelessness.

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

I love the streets and the people socialising on the streets. I’m a very social photographer and smile, talk and joke with many of my subject. It’s not unusual to see my subjects walk away with a smile, flattered that I noticed them and took their photo. Since I usually give my business card to the subjects, they start to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I get to know a lot of people this way.

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Links

Website: http://www.streetpeople.se
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DanielEliassonPhotography
Twitter: @streetpeople_se
Instagram: @streetpeople
Flickr: flickr.streetpeople.se
Google+: google-plus.streetpeople.se
www.streetpeople.se

Facebook: www.facebook/DanielEliassonPhotography

Twitter: streetpeople
Tumblr:
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Instagram: streetpeople
Skype: webbochsant

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INTERVIEW WITH … Rudy Boyer

 

Researched by Roberta Pastore

RUDY BOYER

I am 30, I live in Nice, in the south of France. I am responsible for a structures analysis laboratory in the building sector. I am passionate about photos but also music, I have been playing jazz guitar for ten years. Nowadays I am a young father of a son who fills me with happiness.

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When did you start a passion for the photography?

I always had a certain passion for images, not just for photography but also for the art of image in general. My father was also a photographer when he was young and I really looked at his photos! I think that also influenced me.

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What was your first camera?

My first camera was on my cell phone; at the beginning, a first one that took pictures in low resolution, bad ones, but it was cool! When I realized that I was taking more photos than making phone calls, I decided it was time to buy a real camera! Therefore, I bought an SLR, a Nikon d80. After about 2 years, I changed again buying a Nikon d700 and a Fuji x100s. Actually, I only use the x100 for the street, being it smaller, lighter and simpler to use.

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What is photography to you? In addition, what should not be instead?

Photography for me is many things: but above all, it is a game, an adult game, with adult toys, so toys of the most expensive kind … and as with all games, it can led to addiction. It is also a way to express myself, probably a way to escape! Time flies when I am taking pictures.

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Which masters of photography inspires you?

There are many of them and still I do not know them all … but it is true that lately many pictures taken by Saul Leiter have been coming back to my mind, especially his work in colour. Nevertheless, this is only one example among many others. There are many photographers in the social networks, whose work I admire.

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Which one is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?

Ohh … that is a hard one to answer, there are many!  Well I will try to play the game: today I choose a photo of Alex Webb, San Ysidro, California. 1979. Mexicans arrested while they are trying to cross the border into the United States … it’s a great photo, but tomorrow the answer to this question, it would probably be a different picture .. I am often undecided.

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What is your favourite technique?

What I like in general is to have a large depth of field. I am often between f8 and f11. Of course all depends if the light allows me that.

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 Why do street photography?

Initially I shoot everything and anything: I loved taking pictures! Then I began to travel, but I continued to look at the landscape, etc. During one trip to Mexico, I bought a photography magazine at the airport before leaving, one about street pictures! While reading it on the plane I thought “wow”! In fact everything happens in front of me and here I am looking for exceptional sunsets like everyone does … why?? It all started like this, I focused my eyes on the ordinary people, the street life. Nowadays it is a passion, a game, some kind of drug.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I do not have a favourite one, I love some more than others, but I have no real favourite. Then I get quickly tired of my own images.

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

Most of the time there is no relationship, it is a very very rare occurrence, and normally people do not see me. Moreover, that is so much better actually, because I think that most of the people do not want to have their picture taken, I can quite understand that. When they see me, they ask me why I take a picture of them, then I show them and tell them, but they do not understand … they think I am crazy, they are probably right 🙂

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Personal website

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79441403@N08/

INTERVIEW WITH … Stefano Mirabella

Researched by Roberta Pastore

STEFANO MIRABELLA

Was born in Rome in 1973 where he currently lives. He’s been photographing on and off for many years but it is only in 2011 that he started taking street photographs. 

Member of SPontanea Italian Street Photography Collective since 2013, street photography is for him an opportunity to be with people and rediscover his city. He loves the kind of photography that hangs in the balance between the wish to represent reality and the desire to transcend it.

He tries to share his deep love for street photography teaching courses. He has led street photography workshops in Laboratori Visivi and Prospettiva 8 photography associations. 

Winner of the international Street Photography Contest ‘Where street has no name’ in May 2013.

Finalist at Miami Street Photography Festival in December 2013.

Finalist at the Leica Talent 2014 in August 2014.

www.stefanomirabella.com
www.spontanea.org
www.flickr.com/photos/stefano_mirabella/

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When did you start a passion for the photography and what was your first camera ?

We go back very far, to the Yashica MF2 my uncle gave me on First Holy Communion day, and to my early travels with my friend Simone, good photographer and lover of life. 

 Then there was the first photography course, the love for reportage, and finally three years ago the encounter – almost by chance – with street photography. A photography genre, or better a photography approach, that immediately bewitched me. I was struck by the incredible eye and intuition of a few contemporary authors who made of the everyday life the theatre where they move and shoot. 

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What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

I don’t live photography as a profession. I live photography as a pleasure, that leaves me free to express myself and roam around; it would lose all the excitement and spontaneity if I had to produce works on commission or for money. Spontaneity is the first principle of street photography. I love sharing this passion instead, that’s why I sometimes teach courses and lead workshops in photography associations and schools. 

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The way I interpret it, street photography lives off single snapshots, photography series at most. To me a single good photo is a ‘work’, so I can’t really say which ‘work’ marked my entry in the photography world. If I got into this world, I owe it to the passion and the desire to share, know and learn from good photographers and from the masters. My entry in SPontanea, the italian street photography collective I belong to, changed me. Along with a wonderful group of photographers we started a path that is leading us through many festivals and events related to the photography world. 

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 What is your favorite technique?

For the time being I see the world in black and white, but I don’t rule out the possibility of a different approach in the future. Sometimes a photo works only in color, and if the photo is particularly worthy, I don’t renounce to present it in color. I think that what comes first, even before the choice between black and white and color, is the way to see things and situations, the research and the eye of the photographer. 

I don’t pay much attention to the photography tools, I am not a brand or model freak. I favor a camera I am at ease with, a camera that I know by heart. My old Canon 40D does the job. All the rest relies on legs, eyes, dedication and luck.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

Many times the success of a photo lies in little, very little subtleties and shades that come together, and that can even be out of the control, will or choice of the photographer. A sudden movement, a passing cloud, an unexpected detail, can influence positively or negatively a photo. Surely though the ability to choose locations and foresee situations that could work better then others, being in the right place in the right moment, is just as much important. After a while in the street, you learn to foresee with a sleight anticipation what is likely to happen and this will give you that precious instant to get ready and to make a functional and successful photo.

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Why do street photography? 

I am fascinated by the concept and by the spirit of street photography, so I don’t set up or program photos. I don’t know what it will happen, what will catch my eye, and this complete unpredictability fascinates me and makes me love this photography genre. Of course if I spot a potentially interesting situation I try and wait there, hoping for that unexpected gesture that will make it unique. 

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Which masters of photography inspires you?

I have a big weakness, I love collecting photography books, I study photographers and their works on books, but also on the internet, I think that observing and learning is essential. I love Alex Webb, Constantine Manos, Trent Parke, Mark Cohen, Anders Petersen, and many others. They contributed to make me a non-photographer, as Marco Pesaresi, another master, used to define himself.

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INTERVIEW WITH … Collettivo InQuadra

Researched by Roberta Pastore

 InQuadra  Street Photography   :

http://www.inquadra.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/InQuadra/409815505827721?fref=ts

It’s been not even a year so far, though the street – and street photography – has always been there. InQuadra is a collective of seven photographers who met shooting on the streets. They walked alone for years before joining in a group, sharing stories, ideas, points of view and photographs. They come from both central and South Italy (Florence, Bologna, Romagna, Viareggio, Matera), one of them lives in London and every one takes his own geographic background along with him. They won awards and had their work published on well renowned magazines. Their names are Alex Liverani, Matteo Sigolo, Luca Bottazzi, Salvatore Matarazzo, Luigi Casentini, Roberto Deri and Mariano Silletti. All of their work show recurring themes: moving daily life, urban realities, unique situations captured in their most significant moment. Not anywhere in their shots one could find stillness or poses. They clearly feel at home and comfortable in cities and urban environments. InQuadra will be in Matera on October 4th with an exhibition and a two-day workshop. All of the members’ daily experiences will become pictures hanging on the walls of Area8, a space found in the city’s ‘Sassi’. With their photographs as a reflection of our contemporary life, each one of these photographers shows his own different style, his way of walking on the street with a camera in his hands. Some of them show surprise, some like to use a slight abstraction, some picture dramatic emotions while some others watch and shoot with irony and humor. The exhibition will be opening on Saturday October 4th, at 8pm. The workshop will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, traveling around the streets of Matera. Two other workshops will be taken in Colorno: first one on November 8th and 9th, second one on November 15th and 16th.For more info see www.inquadra.org

What the story of the group “INQUADRA” and what led to its formation?

Though InQuadra was officially born on July 1st 2014, the first ideas and thoughts about creating a collective were already starting to shape in February, when Alex Liverani asked Matteo Sigolo to form a group together, to share their passion for street photography and work together on a daily basis. They then started to look for other italian photographers with interesting work, potential and motivation, to be engaged in the project. 

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Alex Liverani

I was born in 1985 in Faenza, Italy, but actually I live in London.

Since ten years ago, I feel an urgent need to practice photography every day. For many years I worked as a photographer in discos and it is there that my passion for people, their habits and extravagances came out.

I love watching humans, I love to imagine who they are and what they do in their life, I like to predict their behavior and I love to be invisible to their eyes so that I can steal a picture of them.

In 2013 I received the “Nikon Young Talent” award for the category Street Photography. In 2014, we had the idea to create “Inquadra”, a collective of street photographers, and, in the same year, I’ve been included among the twelve finalists of “LEICA TALENT ITALIA”.

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How did your collaboration start? 

We looked through the internet and all over Italy for photographers with very different ways of looking into the street; we wanted to create a heterogeneous mixture of people, a group that could use diversity as its main and strong feature. But despite the differences that one can witness by looking at our photographs, we are united by the strong will to collaborate and share targets.

InQuadra was joined by Luca Bottazzi, Salvatore Matarazzo, Luigi Casentini, Roberto Deri and Mariano Silletti.

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Salvatore Matarazzo

I’m a young professional photographer born and based in Viareggio, Tuscany. My father conveyed me the passion for photography in childhood, and after some years I stopped attending school to dedicate myself to Photography. I’m specialized in furniture and interior but street photography is definitely my calling and the best way to express my personal skills and craft. Become a member of the collective Italian inQuadraand the collective international Elephant Gun in June 2014

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Going through your website I was able to see that your activity is well developed and bound to a common passion, street photography.  Why did you choose this genre?

It wasn’t a choice. Each and every member of our collective found their path to and through street photography in their own way, individually, reaching different approaches and styles. What we love is finding the unordinary in the ordinary daily life, and that goes for all of us.

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Luca Bottazzi
 

I’m a young documentary / street photographer born in 1988, currently based in Bologna, Italy. I love to explore the connection between people and their urban environment, which is always at the center of my attention. It’s all about trying to catch small gestures of everyday moments, and the rest is on the viewer to decide.

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How much does technique weight over emotions in a street shot?

Technical skill and emotional value are important but not crucial. A good photograph comes from patience, fast sense, instinct and luck.

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Luigi Casentini

I’m a fotoreporter born in 1974. I approached the street recently, at first considering it as a container for those shots that I liked but I knew not be published in the report, then more and more as a major element of my live photography. My photos are a search for balance, I am fascinated by the lines, compositions, colors and light.

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Do you think this type of photography has a unique cultural value and a real chance of spreading ?

What Italy offers the audience regarding this genre is very little and disappointing; it is definitely not enough to draw people to be interested about it and it’s lacking of inspiration and originality. That is one of the reasons why we started this collective. We want to build a full calendar of events, exhibitions, workshops, festivals and meetings all about street photography; and we’d like to focus on contemporary work, because what usually happens nowadays is that attention keeps being drawn on highly renowned and experienced photographers – which is not necessarily a bad thing, but people tends to forget the importance of giving credit and opportunities to young and new authors.

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Mariano Silletti

I was born in 1972 in Pisticci (MT), I live in Matera (Italy). My personal photographic research explores issues such as street photography and reportage documentary. I am part of the group of Italian street photography InQuadra.

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What is your common trait?

We are all very different in age, geographic provenience and photographic background; we were brought together by commitment and desire to contribute spreading our work and word as a group. What we most have in common though is that we simply love being out on the street, just watching life pass and shooting, trying to capture the decisive moment.

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Roberto Deri

I’m a professional photographer based in Florence, Italy. My goal is to combine the creative aesthetic style of street photography with a visual storytelling approach. My photographs circulate in commercial & editorial projects commissioned by private companies and vent organizers. As with my personals projects I am a documentary photographer with a strong interest in social aspects of people inhabiting the built environment.

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Which are your most important past projects? What about the future?

Every one of us is working and will keep working on ideas and projects, both individually and collectively. All of it is going to be published on our website once properly structured and finished.

We then have our first group exhibition planned: it is going to take place in Area 8, Matera, starting October 4th to November 4th, and we’re going to have a two-days launching workshop about street photography. Another workshop will be happening on November 8th and 9th at Colorno Photo Life 2014, near Parma. Many other events are being sorted out.

We then plan to look for new members for InQuadra in the next few months; we’re looking for motivated and valuable individuals, someone who can bring and share inspiration and good work.

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Matteo Sigolo

Matteo was born in 1986. He lives and works in Ravenna.

Starting from his first years of university, he slowly develops a deep love for photography, which soon becomes a big part of his life. He gets some first notions from his grandfather and, later, from a starter course, continuing then as self-taught.Following his great love for nature, he first experiences landscape photography. A couple of years later, a long journey around China gives him the possibility to see a completely different environment from the European one, full of interesting characters and situations, which makes the human being the new object of his artistic research. From then on he starts getting closer and closer to photojournalism and street photography, gradually letting the staticness of landscape photography go. Expressions, gestures, the fervid and lively life of the street and its inhabitants finally become Matteo’s main interests.In 2014 he is among the founders of InQuadra, an italian street photography collective.

 

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Does the group have an ultimate goal?

Thanks to the internet and social networks, with their easy and quick sharing systems, interest and curiosity towards street photography have lately been increasing. We generally want to follow and be part of this growing process, which is what we’ve been trying to do since our first steps, through our social pages and website.

Other than that, we don’t have any specific final goals; we just want to keep going and plan our work and future projects out properly, without losing our way.