Blognotes from a photographer life...

Oct 26, 2008


Having a journalist with you when you are shooting a story is a great help. Not just because four eyes sees more then two, but even more because two competent eyes with a subject in focus can give you very competent directions. This is how the help of Cristina Gambaro during the recent Lisbon assignment helped me discover corners that I would have certainly missed... thank you Cristina!

Oct 21, 2008


Il prossimo Giovedì 23, alle 18, ci troveremo al Festival della Creatività, alla Fortezza da Basso di Firenze, per parlare del presente e futuro (futuro?) dei libri fotografici dedicati alla geografia con amici e colleghi... Idee e interventi sono ovviamente benvenuti...


I need to compliment all the people that organized the Parma photo shoot for 27 Italian Travel Photographers, and Luigi Alfieri in particular! I know very well how difficult is today to get these projects done, and when you see the show now open in Parma, and the catalog published by Mazzotta, you realize how much work and will there is behind it! So thanks Luigi for this great opportunity, and thanks to the fellow photographers that did a great job! (this image of my section, dedicated to the Gazzetta di Parma, is by Sergio Pitamitz). If you have the opportunity go this month to Parma and look to the images: you'll be surprised on how different and lively are these photos produced by people that many thinks to be "too commercial"!

Oct 9, 2008


This gentleman is a member of the Merwari caste in India. This caste used to live in beautiful haveli residences in the Shekawati region of Rajasthan. Then the economy crashed and they had to move out, most of them to Calcutta, starting a new life but still in the trading business.
The Chettiars were even more poweful, with their palaces in the dry heart of Tamil Nadu. Their business was controlling India and most of South East Asia. Then the British Empire fell, and the Chettiars had to change their life too. Now they are in California, London and still in control of Indian economy.
Well, you know what I mean.. Now that our empire is shaking maybe is time to think... new ways, new environments, new ideas.
Creativity will be the only way out of this... hopefully!

Oct 2, 2008


Giusto per informarvi che il 10 ottobre, nel tardo pomeriggio, sarò alla Feltrinelli di Firenze per parlare delle esperienze di lavoro e viaggio, dell'ultimo libro dedicato ai Pellegrini cattolici, e di quanto possa venir fuori. Se siete nei paraggi... E' alle ore 18,00


well, let's try the virtual world... I'm there, too. But I still think to the personal interactions we are losing everyday. Especially in our job (I should call it a life project, like a serious photographer) that part is so crucial..