The protagonist of this Guestbook is the Italian photographer Graziano Panfili. After completing his studies in Art and Communication, he specialized in reportage at the Graffiti School of Photography in Rome. His images have been published by the most important Italian newspapers, and he has also received the patronage of the Ministry of Culture for a project on the writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini for the fortieth anniversary of his death. Graziano takes impeccable, intense and communicative photographs that remain etched in the memory of the viewer.
We at Collater.al asked Graziano to tell us a short story through an interview, which you can find below:
How did you get to know the world of photography?
Slowly, very slowly I was 33 years old, I came from comics, from illustration, but I was attracted by the possibilities of communicating also through photography. From that moment on I started studying Photojournalism in Rome and I continued my training until I felt ready to take my own path.
Is there a particular image that has marked your artistic path?
There are so many because each of my favorite photos is connected to an event in my life; I link the photos a lot to what happens to me. The photo also becomes a memory of a certain period of my life.
What do you draw inspiration from? How do your projects come about?
I’m influenced by cinema, books and music. In addition, I always try to see at least one art exhibition a month, of any kind, to have always new stimuli.
Did drawing, painting and comics in any way mark your way of creating images?
Composition is one of the first things I bring with me from the comic book, but also staging in Staged photography. But I owe a lot to “time”. Like in painting, in comics you need a “physical” time to create a work. Time allows you to find the right ingredients for the shot: the idea, the setting, the photo, the post production.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m working on a project on “Female Sexuality” and I’m about to start a long photographic journey in the world of twins all over Italy. In addition, I have the desire to make my first short film in the pipeline.
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