Interview: Photographer Fausto Furgeri (Italy)
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Tell us something about yourself
My name Is Fausto furgeri, 37 years old. I live and work in Carpi (near Modena) one of the biggest fashion district in Italy, where my photostudio is. My greatest passion is, of course, photography but I’m also interested in art, music and design.
How and when did you get into photography?
My passion for photography goes back in time when I was a child and I started to look at the world through my first camera, a gift from my dad. Thanks to a long internship, I spent lot of sleepless night in the dark room trying to understand the secret of the most fascinating art, watching my emotions taking shape. Starting from analog gave me the possibility of growing up and complete my education. Later I improved my study of visual communication and illumination engineering for fashion and beauty photography. Today I’m working with fashion company and agency, creating advertising campaign, editorial, still life and everything which involves images.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my passion, my work and my life. I’ve always tryed to capture not only the beauty but also emotions, even if its hidden behind a dress or a person. Its my own way to comunicate.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
The most important characteristic of my photography is the strong technical lighting and the understanding of what makes an image just better. As I worked several years with analog camera, I understood the importance of looking for the perfection even before the shot. Therefore “a few but good" is my philosophy, few shots but good.
Where do you get inspiration from?
From everythings around that touches me. From great legends, but also from casual encounter everyday. I love to compare myself with other people, getting into emphaty with the person before shooting.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Almost always I have an image as a start point to go by. First of all I try to create a situation, create a special moment and feeling and capture this
Studio, on location or both?
For work I often have to shoot in the studio. I love working in studio, because the control of the light is perfect in all sector on the set. I have time to research the perfection... But working outdoors or in attractive locations is fabulous. I love natural light and the possibility of moving in multiple environments allows you to create and interact with models in a much more creative way.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I'm a professional photographer. This job allows me to live by my passion. I have several clients in my portfolio and I'm always looking for new professional challenges. My work starts the moment I shoot and I bring it to end taking care also of the post-product
What has been your most memorable session and why?
All my shooting session are special to me. From everyone I get a little bit enriched both professionally and humanly. Do I really have to choose? A shooting from a couple of years ago in London for an advertising campaign. But what I love most is the possibility of using an analog medium format camera, for me is perfect time. So... my last personal project "Black & White Project" is realized all for analog camera, all black and white, and all print for the exhibition it's manual process "old style". A long and complex work but I’m very proud of it.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Obviously I admire the works of the greatest as Avedon, Penn, Ritts and all bigger masters. But what I think important is to go my own way, taking advantage of a thousand mistakes we make daily, trying to improve a little bit at a time. The desire to reach my dreams.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I shot with Canon and Phaseone. They are both two great brands, personally I use Canon and Phaseone for many years and now I am used to certain automatism, I do not think to change in the short term. I currently use Phaseone 645DF with various digital back, P25+ or the most recent IQ. I prefer wide opening prime lens, I love the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Simplicity is the purest form of sincerity in images. Reduce everything to absolutes before going on to complexity. Study everything, natural light, flash system and bigger masters. Humility and desire to learn.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it’s very beautiful and elegant, fashionable and very inspiring to follow in images, I like the diversity and the quality of the photos, Also it’s a great idea to give exposure to emerging artists.
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