Gabriele Rossi

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What’s your background and how did you get into photography?

My venture into photography started in 2005, when I decided to attend a two years course in one of the most renowned photography academies in Rome. After graduating, I moved to Milan to get a first level master in photography and editing at Forma and NABA.

 

What drives you to create and how do you stay motivated?

One of the main things that motivates me is to understand the daily life around me as a way to find a fundamental key for the interpretation of reality. Wherever I go I search for this. Another aspect of my research is based on the concept of limits, both in its physical and theoretical meaning, together with its distopical implications. Are we able to cross the meaning of things? Does limit have a shape in itself?

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Why is doing what you do important to you?

Because everything revolves around our life choices, that’s what makes me move forward.

 

What are your interests as a photographer?

I really like reading through photography books. The independent publishing scene is very interesting for discovering new photographers and also to get in touch with them around certain projects. I’m also fascinated by old geographical maps, archival photography and online research.

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What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I like hang out with my friends, cook some good food and eat together. When I don’t take photos or cook, I run.

 

What are your influences and how does it affect your work?

I’m definitely influenced by the books I choose to read, which develops my way of shooting and documenting.

 

What’s your favourite place to travel for shooting?

Most of my photographic works are made within a few kilometers from my house. I like to travel in the past, bringing in the present circularity of an event.

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Is it hard to find harmony between personal projects and client work?

It depends on what the client asks for. Mostly I work with personal project collaborating with galleries. I often try to conjugate my personal vision with what the client needs, which is actually a good compromise.

 

Which camera is your favorite?

Since my first photo project I’ve used a 4×5 inch field camera. Thanks to its wider view, large format helps me capture reality in a more accurate and contemplative way. The execution process, based on slow and thoughtful gestures, is something that I enjoy.

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Who are your heroes in photography?

I could make a long list. I would basically say that I’ ve always been influenced by the late 19th century photography, as well as Americans like Timothy O’Sullivan and John Divola.

 

Tell us something important you have learned.

Many think about photography as a medium to reveal the beauty in things. In, however, believe photography highlights human mistakes and constantly reminds us of what mistakes to not repeat.

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If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be?

Actually I really don’t know, but I think that farm life could fit me.

 

What are your future plans?

Living in the present.

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