Researched by Roberta Pastore
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…
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.
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.
– 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.
What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?
There’s no one picture.
What is your favorite technique?
The zone focusing. Thank you Frédéric Le Mauff.
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.
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.