“Giangiacomo Pepe is a Genoese photographer who loves to take black and white photographs of explicit nudes with a strong visual impact. Natural shots and provocative cuts discover, under the light captured by his camera, the daily and intimate gestures of each woman, showing us how sometimes provocations are behind simple gestures.“
That’s how we talked about him on Collater.al about 10 years ago, and in that time, while many other things have changed, the admiration we feel for him and his photography has remained the same.
Today we had the chance to talk to him a bit about photography, life and experiences. Read the interview here and follow him on Instagram. Enjoy reading.
Hi Giangiacomo, tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up and how did you discover photography?
I was born and raised in Genoa, a city I love. My approach to photography was accidental, I discovered it when I was young, after high school. At that time, I used to collect shots of some photographers online. This made me want to create images like they did, so I started to take some pictures and now here I am.
Describe your photographic style, how did you get to this point?
Looking back on it now, it has been a strange journey. I started out shooting digital and now I only shoot analog. I love the atmosphere I can achieve, I love the grain and I love “my light”.
What do you like to tell through photography?
I don’t really know, this question puts me in a bit of a quandary. I just hope that my photographs evoke good feelings in others, that they show how much I love taking pictures, the grain, the details… that they make people think and make them curious.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing to consider when taking such intimate portraits?
The relationship you have with the person you are shooting, it is important that they are both comfortable.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Contax T2 and an “ovetto”.
Are there any artists or photographers who have influenced your artistic research?
I am inspired by every image. There is no one in particular that gives me so much inspiration or anything to influence me.
Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Minimal, clean, white.
What have you been working on lately? Do you have any plans for the future?
I just started shooting again after a break. I’m taking new photos with new models, and I would also like to release a book soon.