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  • 27 febbraio 2011

    DO YOU KNOW SETTIMIO?

    I want to thank Fashion Illustrated for the article, even though the article is incomplete and missing a lot of excelletn italian photographers (…).

    One great question though: 25% of what?!?!? 😉

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    24 febbraio 2011

    DOMENICO #02

     So maybe this useless blog is not really useless after all.

    Thank you Alessandro, lets come to an agreement so that when you swing by I am here present in the studio to at least say hi.

    Thank you!

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    23 febbraio 2011

    DOMENICO

    Its true, photographers have insane preferences and temptations. One of many is to photograph the freaks, the marginalized, the crazies. For example it was really fashionable, in the seventies, to go and photograph the demented people in the madhouses. Or it has also been inevitable the tendency to sensationalise and emphasize the pain and suffering for the ones who do the reportage.

    As always it is probably a question of how and why these things get done.

    This useless preamble was to introduce you to Domenico, who walks past my studio basically everyday.

    I made him come in and I took a portrait of him. After I got to know about his life:

    He was born in Milan in 1968. Until a few months ago he was an operator in a company, which suddenly decided to “decentralize”, by closing down. Everyone was sent home from one day to another. Since that moment he lost all incomes.

    He lives with his mother, who has a minimum pension. Because of a fraud (a fake computer course) he has a €7.000 debt, which he absolutely wants to pay off.

    He has undergone 13 operations, to the head, as he was born, to the legs, to the back.

    He comes out of the house at 7:30 in the morning and he walks towards Porta Romana until 7 o’clock at night. Instead on sundays he goes to Stazione Centrale.

    Begging. And on average he pockets €30 daily.

    He is really passionate about computers, but he had to sell the one he had.

    He claims he has found many new friends with this new “activity”.

    “I have nothing to complain about, if I complained I’d be stupid, I’d be an hypocrite”

    This is Domenico. Every time I see him I stop for a chat, and it is always nice.

    17 Comments »

    19 febbraio 2011

    KIDS ADVERTISING

    Since a few weeks now my advertising campaigns for the Spazio Sei group have been circulating on the magazines, they produce the best kids fashion brands: Miss Blumarine, Miss Blumarine Jeans, Parrot, Iceberg and Ki6.

    MISS BLUMARINE: We shot the campaign in a tent on a beach in Cape Town. As per tradition of this brand we created an image that is sophisticated and romantic:

    PARROT: A completely different attitude for this brand, created in a tree hut/home, looking for a “dirtier” and as true to itself as possible look:

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    And as a last image, a shot stolen from one of the “models”: a moment of freshness, and a table cloth with red and white squares thrown over as a blanket…

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    15 febbraio 2011

    BRATISLAVA & OTHER

    Here I am, in my hotel room, trying to write these words with my iPhone: lets see if I can manage without making too much of a mess…

    I was invited to Bratislava to head up a jury for a photographic competition which was sponsored by a prominent bank here in Slovakia. Extremely high quality of contestants and the winners where simply excellent. I can’t right now, but I promise I will post their work here soon.

    It is truly cool that a bank takes interest in young artists and not only investments: well done!

    I had two intense PR days!

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    During these days I’ve past the 4 million page views mark on my blog, since I’ve installed the statistics, so since 2005: thank you! And seeing we are talking about my blog I’d like to apologize if I almost never answer to your posts, which I constantly read with a lot of interest: I do feel like answering only when it is really necessary… (like how did I do the photographs of the wedding dresses in the underground?!?! I didn’t do anything! No permits, nothing at all!)

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    And to end on a good note I would like to bring to your attention (in an era full of workshops held by people that if they don’t know how to do how is it possible they are able to teach…) a REAL workshop: Mr. Toni Thorimbert will teach on the 9th and the 10th of April in Modena.

    Here is the info:

    http://www.mostre.fondazione-crmo.it/workshop-2011-thorimbert.asp

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    And talking about Mr. TT a curious fact: Beatrice Libertino, in her blog, has made a “profile” about me.

    I thank her very much.

    But… uhmmm… but there is a fact that to show my work she has posted a few photographs… but… the first one she posted is not mine! But Thorimbert’s!

    http://beatricelibertino.blogspot.com/2011/02/settimio-benedusi.html

    It is all a you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours situation (magna magna)

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    Ok,, I’d say that I’ve arrived at the end of this post made with my cellphone, I am not going to proof read it, I wonder how many mistakes, I have pins and needles in my arm so I am going to end it here.

    I am going to leave you with a little photograph that I took last night in the alleys of the old Bratislava. Soundtrack is modì, by vinicius caposselius

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    13 febbraio 2011

    ALPS

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    7 febbraio 2011

    XXX

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    4 febbraio 2011

    MEETING AT IED

    Next monday night, the seventh of February, I will be at the IED here in Milan for a public meeting.

    All free, you just need to sign up here

    Maybe I am preparing something, maybe I’m not: most probably it will be fun and interesting to interact with you, extending somehow the dialogues on a thousand subjects I’ve had on my blog: prepare yourselves with questions!

    10 Comments »

    2 febbraio 2011

    COSA FACCIO?!?!

    My friend Chico sent me an email proposing me something.

    The email is below.

    I’m asking you: what should I do?!?! YES or NO?

    64 Comments »