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  • 22 agosto 2011

    PHOTOMETER

    It is a triumph, especially on the internet and the various social networks, of people defining themselves PHOTOGRAPHERS, with a website, portfolio, blogand all those things…

    It is something which, and I say it without any irony, I like very much: far be it from me every aspiration of corporatism… and then the wonderful strength of the network that allows everyone to get on a stage to show their work and show they are worth it.

    There, maybe the problem starts right here: how much are you worth?

    On the one side there is the “de gustibus”, where its ok to publish anything and if you like it its more than enough, on the other there must be some sort of parameters to be able (objectively) to judge the work of a photographer.

    And this is where I intervene!

    With my usual arrogance and presumption I want to give you a precious instrument to value your work!

    It works like this: you start with 100 points, those that the generosity of the Web makes available to everyone, by default.

    From these 100 points you subtract 10 points for each affirmative answer to these questions.

    At the end you will know (with mathematical exactitude!) your photographic value.

    Here we go:

    –  You sign your photographs in limestone with your name and surname.

    –  You have photographs in HDR on your website.

    –  Your website has music.

    –  You have taken photographs of naked women or in underwear in an abandoned factory.

    –  You have never sold one of your photographs for more than €1.000.

    –  In your portfolio you have photographs of sunsets and/or masks in Venice and/or kittens and/or fishermen with wrinkles in black and white.

    –  You have less than 50 books on photography.

    –  You have written under each photograph which camera and lens you have used to take the picture.

    –  You publish fake editorials, with title, credits and captions (the others don’t know that they are fake, but you do: c’mon, down by 10 points!)

    –  If you have answered YES to the nine questions above and if you have held or have been thinking of holding a workshop you lose not 10 but 20 points, goign directly to minus 10.

    Here, this is all.

    Its absolutely not a joke.

    You finally have a fundamental instrument to be able to value your work: the PHOTOMETER!

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    15 agosto 2011

    MILAN AUGUST IDROSCALO

    In last year’s August issue, for il corriere della sera, I set up a shoot taking portraits of people passing by corso Vittorio Emanuele, the city centre of Milan, using a white background, as if a small part of my studio was taken on the outside to isolate and highlight parts of reality.

    This year the contribution of my studio was a small flash head, which I used to tell a story of a remarkable reality, the idroscalo, Milan’s seaside: a place where they co-exist, within a few hundred meters, super cool tattooed dudes doing cable, rich elderly ladies, transvestites, olympians, young kids, windsurfers, peruvians tackling their barbecues… the more the merrier…

    To tell you all this I took two handfuls of Diane Arbus, a fistful of Martin Parr, and even a pinch (of the good stuff!) of Chico de Luigi and I spent two days at the idroscalo, photographing all that diverse world, trying to compose a single image made from many pieces of an imaginary puzzle.

    The result on a full page of today’s il corriere della sera, the 15th of August 2011:

    Here are some of my favourite photos, even some unpublished ones:

    For various reasons I converted them all to black and white (remember? two handfuls of Diane Arbus, a fistful of Martin Parr…) but I want to end it up with colour, as a tribute to the triumph of lines, but especially the white, red and green speedo of Mr. Vincenzo!

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    14 agosto 2011

    MILANO 14 AGOSTO 2011

    ARE YOU HAVING FUN?

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    8 agosto 2011

    TPW 2011

    And so also the TPW 2011 has gone by! And how did it go?!? Well! Every year it gets more intense and focused, perhaps it is because I put a bit more of myself each time, often finding myself dangerously at ease in the unexplored areas of research and experimentation: I don’t know what I am looking for, but I know how to find it!

    What is for sure is that the purely photographic aspect is more and more neglected: not for a second do we speak about light/shutter speed/diaphragms/flash… more often we speak about… life!

    In comparison with the past years I’ve introduced two new elements, which I think they have been useful.

    –  The first theme was the self portrait: I invited all my students to somehow introduce themselves within their work. I think it was a good thing, it surely strengthened the awareness of the fact that the photographer has to be strongly present in its own photographs, with its own experiences, with its own story… in short with its own life.

    –  The second was to “force” all works to be done in one limited space, the room where our class was. All the work was done without ever leaving it, from those few square meters. I think also this turned out to be very useful, to help us understand that it is not necessary to go who knows where to do nice things (the Maldives! The Caribbean!) but the one to find is always very close…

    The students where excellent, especially in letting themselves go towards something which was completely new: the work which was executed was really marvellous.

    Here is the video at the end of the course:

    Niccolò, one of the students, made a reportage of the weekend, really sweet: questo

    And my assistant Pasquale has filled a TPW! Filled with his backstage pictures during these days! Here:

    I made a little something myself: when I gave the assignment to create the first self-portrait, I also made one, this:

    And when we started speaking about identity I made this:

    Here, this is all.

    Thanks to Luca, Alam (from Indonesia!), Francesco, Francesca, Niccolò, Chiara, Luigi, Matteo

    Thanks to Laura, assistant for the course

    Thanks to Pasquale, my assistant

    Thanks to Arianna, Gemma and Martina the models

    THANK YOU EVERYONE

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