Free from all the banal rhetoric that speaks about spirituality and deep soul, the photographic portrait becomes a tool to tell the physicality of a subject. A point of view more than an x-ray, a play of light and shadow, which imposes the presence of the subject, the charm of his face and some irregularities. To mold this physicality means being able to choose a “hard light that highlights its strength, a soft light that follows its delicacy or a backlight that can crumble it“.
Every choice has an emotional relapse. The will to capture a gesture, a pose, a look, builds the story, shows also the psychological presence. It transforms the subject into a character.
Roberto Graziano Moro, born in 1989, a young photographer from Vicenza, seems to be fully aware of this. His series of black and white portraits dedicated to the Italian rap scene’s artists are tense, frank and dark.
Low light, neutral background, precise gestures and a look at the lens. An essential choice that aims to let the face attract attention.
“I portray many of my subjects in black and white because I find that it increases the expressiveness, where even the lights and shadows take on greater importance, managing to give more volume to the subject.”
The goal of his project, born by chance in 2013, is to create a photographic encyclopedia that brings together all the main artists who have made and will make the history of Italian rap, the portrait of a specific moment, the transition of a musical era.
Enjoy the selection of shots that Roberto has chosen for us, then go visit his Instagram profile.