I began working as a photographer in 1982. At the beginning I was attracted by lightness and beauty. I have been a still photographer for cinema, and have been taking photo portraits of actors and musicians. In 1989 I started to travel to Asia, and since then I have been working also as a photojournalist and reporter. I worked in black and white and developed and printed all my photos. After 2001 I decided to dedicate my work to social photography. Since then I have been working in cooperation with humanitarian organizations, for the realization of advocacy campaigns through exhibitions, calendars, books, reportage for the press.
I believe and practice a non-aggressive, non-predatory reportage, made essentially of portraits. I call it ”reportrait”, from the union of reportage and portrait. I have always considered portraiture the core of photography: born for taking portraits, photography will always include portraiture. Portraits are little stories, and I’m interested in little stories: they let me contact reality; they reflect the wider contexts and the big stories of which they are part.
My project is portraying the unaware, invisible beauty of the weak and giving voice to the voiceless in a compassionate, humanitarian way. I refuse to use the subjects of my photos for showing my ability as photographer and how cool I am. The subjects of my photos are the aim of my project.
It has often been said that highlighting the weak’s beauty means to accept their weakness. On the contrary, I believe that being able to see beauty means to have vision, to have imagination, to have a mission: it means to be free.
History is made by details
They remain slaves because they can’t see what is beautiful in this world
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.