Vincenzo Nibali for GQ Italia

At the end of July, with a one-day notice, GQ confirmed a shoot with Vincenzo Nibali, the extraordinary cyclist, winner of a rare triple crown (Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro d’Italia). We flew to Eindhoven in the Netherlands and did our best to pull out a cover try from what we unexpectedly found there. In the little time we had with Nibali, we decided to incorporate some of his race clothing in the fashion pieces. I’m very happy we were able to pull out images that made the cover.

This could have never been possible without: Livia Corbò, Raffaella Rosati, Andrea Porro, Francesco Casarotto, Maurizio Polese and Renè B.R. Sloots at Pullman Eindhoven Hotel (thank you!).

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Faces from VF 2013.

Back from the last edition of Vintage Festival in Padova. This time it took a while to de-compress. It drained me more, I felt it more and I loved it more. Three days filled with new and old friends and with the great feeling of being part of an efficient team. I would like to thank the organization who keeps wanting me as staff photographer and the media team who coordinates the big amount of information and updates that keep flowing non-stop during the time of the festival. They did a great job listing out the ‘thank you’s’ as well, so I will repost part of their original text below.

CONCEPT: Andrea Tonello, Paolo Orsacchini

COORDINATION: Nicole Tressoldi, Giorgia Valmasoni, Francesco Zanovello

PRESS: Alberto Bullado, Alberto Antonello, Silvia Scarabello, Marta Mazzucato, Francesca Mazzucato, Claudia Biani, Beatrice Scutari.

WEB DEVELOPER: Daniele Artangelo

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Ruggero Baracco

PRESS OFFICE: Alessandra Canella, Giuseppe Bettiol, Federica Bressan, Angela Forin

LIVE COORDINATION: Stefano Baccarin, Giacomo Bosello, Damiano!

ADVISORY PANEL: Marco Monari, Irene Pollini Giolai, Alessa Marchioro, Angelo Cairoli, Martina Candotti, Mattia Balsamini

VIDEO PRODUCTION: Giampietro Cutrino, Miki Shipperman

STAFF: Fabio Fiocco, Benedetta Zanon, Carlo Trevisan, Carolina Blanco, Elisa Zanta, Ermanno Bolzonella, Francesca Negro, Gioia Chiarentin, Giorgia Agostini, Giulia Belluco, Giulia Pedron, Juliana Butacu, Ilaria Cacco, Irene Fanizza, Katia Riparelli, Marco Nalon, Micol Moscato, Stefania Riondato, Stefania Sbrefenfuochi, Pauska Acerbi

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PHOTO COORDINATION: Giulio Petrocco e Simone Settimo

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHERS: Alessandra Toninello, Dean Lakic, Ioan Pilat, Nicholas Bastianello, Veronica Zerbetto, Federica Menon

CONFERENCES HOSTS: Leonardo Feltrin, Marco “Momo” Bernar, Adina Agugiaro, Stefano Tamiazzo, Alberto Fassina

VF APP IOS / ANDROID: Nooo Agency

Here are some of my favorite portraits.

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Oliviero Toscani and Andrea Pellizzari

Below some outtakes:
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Mega Meteo for Wired Magazine.

A set of portraits taken in Lecce for the cover story of the July issue of Wired Magazine – dedicated to the weather forecast. The magazine challenged Athena, one of world’s most powerful big data computers and Italy’s top meteorologist to foresee how (and why) summer will be like.

You can read part of the full article here (ITA).

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Centenario BNL / Adv Campaign

A few weeks ago I was hired to shoot a national ad campaign for BNL. The project for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro was focused on the gestures of different professions, making actions talk – instead of words. The copy reads: “For 100 years we have been listening to this Italy”. It has been intensive and very “guerrilla style” production. We photographed real workers in real locations, which required us to move quickly and seamlessly on set. We traveled between two italian regions, Friuli and Lombardia, shooting small artisans workshops and large industrial assembly lines, portraying the protagonists of Italy’s economic growth in the last century. Overall a fantastic experience that once again made me fall in love with somewhat documenting what my nation is. Here are three of the subjects that have already been published.

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Together with the photographs, the campaign also features a beautiful movie directed by Emanuele Crialese, director among others of Nuovomondo and Terraferma, two award-winning movies of the last twenty years. This is the integral version of the commercial:

Also, below some backstage snapshots taken on set throughout the week.

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Austerity Christmas Giveaway.

This year I’ve been asked to be part of an amazing collective of photographers.

Guido Cecere, an avid photography lover, curator, teacher and of course photographer, invited me to participate to this production. Every year a group of photographers – including some of italy’s most relevant authors – gets together to produce a 2013 photography calendar. It is somewhat a tradition to put together this project, which is a greeting for the year to come.

This edition’s theme is See Better – to be interpreted in the broadest way.

I am honored to be in it, also because I am the youngest and less experienced photographer of the group. The images are diverse and stunning. Below I have included some of my favorites by Enzo Tedeschi, Lorella Klun, Mario Paviotti, Sergio Scabar together with mine. There are also three ongoing exhibition to present it, featuring these same images, in Pordenone (Teatro Verdi), Udine (Teatro Nuovo Giovanni) and starting december 22nd  in Pieve di Cadore (Museo dell’Occhiale).

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It’s always nice to get presents – but on christmas it’s even better.  So I would like to give away 10 of these calendars to whoever is interested. Just send me an email with your address, I will ship it to you. Yes, even if it’s abroad.

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Well, happy holidays, I hope you like it.

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Ogni adolescenza.

È ora di tirare le somme – oggi in italiano.

Con lunedì ho concluso la mia prima esperienza di insegnamento ad un workshop di fotografia in collaborazione con La Tempesta e Il Rivolta. Un workshop è diverso da una lezione. Lo dice la parola stessa, c’è del “work” da fare. Ci si sporca le mani. Cecilia Ibañez mi ha coinvolto in questa esperienza che lei gestisce ormai con grande disinvoltura da anni. Lei la Tempesta l’ha vista crescere da vicino. Io invece l’ho vista crescere da “utente”.

Questa è la grande differenza. E di questo volevo scrivere.

Sono nato a Pordenone, ho scoperto la musica della mia città ad adolescenza inoltrata, sono arrivato un pelo tardi, credo. La prima volta che ho ascoltato La Testa Indipendente dei TARM ero al mare, stavo aspettando la corriera per tornare verso casa. Non ci potevo credere che gente così vicina a me potesse parlarmi tramite la musica, di cose che sentivo così mie. Faceva sembrare tutto ancora più vicino, ancora più forte.

Come molti altri coetanei sono andato anche a ritroso nella scena di Pordenone, riscoprendo Futuritmi, Tampax e tutti gli altri. Ma il fascino più grande ( o forse è meglio chiamarla sindrome da fratellino minore ) l’ho vissuto guardando al Post-Great Complotto.

Ieri viaggiando con Cecilia in macchina ci siamo ritrovati ad ascoltare un intervista a Davide Toffolo su Radio 2, dove qualcuno ha definito i TARM un fenomeno sociale.  Io sono d’accordo, e credo anche che tutto il movimento delle band da loro supportate e prodotte in questi anni si stia definendo come tale. La Tempesta non è solo un’etichetta, è finalmente il nome che possiamo dare al movimento nella sua interezza.

Provo riverenza per questa scena, ho deciso di guardarla per quanto mi è possibile sempre dal”esterno. Ho paura che se mi avvicino troppo potrebbe sparire la magia. La pelle d’oca. E allora la distanza rimane, mi avvicino ogni tanto, scatto qualche foto. Ma poi torno a casa e rimango ad ascoltare.

Grazie Cecilia, grazie Davide, grazie Enrico, grazie Luca. Grazie a tutti quelli che fanno vivere La Tempesta. Nei prossimi giorni inizieremo a pubblicare le immagini che hanno prodotto i ragazzi del workshop – alcuni bellissimi lavori. Tornate a leggerci.

Qui sotto una piccola anteprima delle immagini della serata. Hard Core Tamburo, Umberto Maria Giardini e Pan del Diavolo.

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Hands and Silence.

Almost two years after the beginning idea, the result is in our hands, tangible. I’m very exited to let you know the book we’ve been working on with so much energy, has been published and will be available in two weeks.

Modern portraits of old craftsmanships has been a long term project that just got to the end. I by the way would like to thank everyone who helped bringing it to life.

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This book is the result of research and a journey in our province lasted a year and a half. We visited more than 60 workshops meeting the last representatives of trades that are endangered. We portrayed them in their workspaces, where the final customer usually does not have access. Women and men, witnesses and architects of a world that, despite the difficulties, and the modernization continues to exist precisely, where it has always been. A reality that today more than ever shows us the way to an innovative succession planning – looking to the future without forgetting past.

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Below a short making of video by our good friend Edoardo Vojvoda, that follows the printing process and serves as invitation to the presentation event.

To our italian friends – who could be able to be at the presentation event: we will show the book and talk about it -together with the writers and  the institutions who supported us, on December 5th, at the Pordenone library, Piazza XX Settembre at 8.30pm.  The book will be available for purchase that night and by December 6th, in bookstores. It will also be soon available for purchase on the web, shipping worldwide.

Here is the link to the event. We really hope to see you there.

In and around the storm.

Should photographs tell stories?

I would answer “yes”. Not that it is always necessary to do so, but it’s often a good thing. Depending on what you are trying do to or who you are working for. Using photographs to let others see what they haven’t seen, or understand something they’re are not able to explore is just like talking. And photographing in a way that others can understand could be a goal.  

If I read more books I get better at writing, If I look at other people’s photographs I get better at shooting.

There is another way of getting better: letting others present us their approach.

Cecilia Ibañez is an old friend who is good, in the simplest and most linear way, at sharing ways of seeing from a different perspective and create projects that shine with clear and rich contents. Last year she published a beautiful book, Dentro la Tempesta (literally, Inside the Storm), a collections of photographs and personal notes taken between 2007 and 2010, spent following some of most relevant independent (yes I said INDIE) bands of our country in their tours and studios. Three years of her life are in there. And it’s magnetic, not only because I love almost all of the bands portrayed in the book, but because you can feel the connection, you can see the string that keeps all of these photographs together. That for me is most powerful way to communicate, flow from a thought to another, seamlessly and effectively. Dentro la Tempesta is strong and simple book, if you’re interested you can get it here. I look at it from time to time, to tell myself, again and again, that shooting is like speaking, not every word should be yelled, not every image should be bold. There is room for pictures that capture you and other that just help you flip to the next page. Every single one of them is crucial. That is why this book works.

Below I’ve photographed some pages.

A couple of years ago, Cecilia started creating workshops about storytelling.  for the upcoming one, that will be held at La Tempesta al Rivolta on December 8th, she asked me to manage the editing and retouching lecture.

This is a beautiful workshop that will evolve in four lectures, pre-production (the creation of a project) , selection, editing and post-production, shooting and final reviews. I recommend it because it’s worthwhile and affordable.

If you would like to learn more feel free to email me or cecilia at info.ceciliaibanez@gmail.com

You can also find more information on Cecilia’s workshops at this link.

Hope to see you there.

On display.

Good afternoon people. Sorry for not keeping up with the news lately. It happens from time to time that I like to close myself up and just work, without sharing what is happening. Not that I think it is unimportant to keep others informed, but simply because I’m uncertain on the outcomes of some projects and like to see them happen first, then share them.

Last month I’ve been selected by Alessandro Ruzzier and Grafite to be part of a spin off of Palinsesti.

For this edition, Palinsesti’s main event is Scatole Sonore, (literally, “sound boxes”), an exhibit completely revolving on the interaction with sound. Sound and visual artist will be featured and their works will be compared in a dialogue on an architectural scale. The main objective is to encourage the viewer, place him at the center of the work, so that his senses (vision, touch, hearing) will allow a direct and immersive experience. I’m honored of being part of this with two other  photographers of my Area: Francesca Cristin and Federica Valvassori.

I will present my project Uno Zero Sette, a series of portraits taken at a particular time, which will be up until December 9th. I’d love to see you at the opening on november 24th, Palazzo Altan, San Vito al Tagliamento.

Find New Codes.

Back from a 3-day adventure at Padova Vintage Festival. This year, a very special one.

It has been mind opening to live at close contact with true vintage experts, and learn, once again, that looking at the past is not only a matter of style, but a matter of being in love with values of different époques. Where fashion is only the surface of something much deeper.

One of the most controversial speeches in my opinion has been held by Andrea Pezzi, an ex MTV and RAI host and author who now works as strategic consultant for brands worldwide. Many attendants were disturbed by his approach to the whole concept of “vintage”, as he is against the idea of “taking a pair of pants and ruin them up a little in order to give them an story” or even worst “to wear stuff that has been worn by someone much more interesting to get an attitude”. Despite this, what remains from his approach is the fact we need to look forward, stop copying from the past and find new codes to be prepared for the future.

As always maybe, the truth lies in the middle and a great response to mr. Pezzi’s thoughts are given this good article which deals with the concept in much more depth than I could explain here. I also recommend to watch this short interview (in italian!) recorded shortly before his lecture.

I need to publicly thank everyone who worked on it and made me part of it, for making everything smooth. In particular Andrea Tonello, Paolo Orsacchini, Carlo Battiston, Stefano Baccarin and Martina Candotti and all the staff of the press office with the majestic skills of Con Altri Mezzi, the fastest live-feeders in northern Italy.

Below a short selection of portraits I took of speakers and public for the written articles.

In descending order: Andrea Pezzi, Carlo Pastore, Andrea and Anne, Pif, Corrado Pizzighello, Saturnino.