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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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