Sergio Pandolfini: Photographer of the week
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Sergio Pandolfini's portfolio is most impressive and inspiring. His documentary images and portraits are powerful and poignant. His photographic vision is intensely related to real life and real people, always smiling to gain the confidence of people and to become one of them. Sergio wants to transmit emotions and universal meanings in his work. Discover more about this great documentary photographer through this interview and be inspired.
So, with my first salary I bought a camera (a Canon FTB) and then started taking my first shots. I did it instinctively, unpretentious and with no particular technical preparation and above all with no cultural preparation. I just had the basics notion for using my camera and I had no idea that there were already many great photographers in the world (at that time there was no internet ...). The only images I had in mind were still those of my first passion: the painting. My only wish was to be able to recreate with this new form of art the same emotions I had when viewing the paintings and portraits of my favourite painters. So, I can safely say that my "guides" in my beginnings were Raffaello, Masaccio, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, only to name the most famous. When I realized that I could combine my growing passion for photography with my innate passion for ethnographic travel I started to deepen my technical knowledge and to study the works of the great masters of portrait and reportage. Over the years, in fact, I began to understand this was the only way to really progress and to satisfy my desire. Now I'm definitely a more experienced photographer, with more knowledge, with a clear vision of how to create my images, but I have never stopped learning from those who are better than me, and fortunately they are many.
I quote them briefly, maybe they could also be useful to others:
* The laws of hospitality must always be strictly observed.
* Establish a minimum relationship with your subject and put him at ease. This, in addition to avoiding misunderstandings, will also allow for better portraits. Having a subject that is not tense and not fearful, but loose and natural, will certainly make you get more intense and exciting portraits.
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