An interview with Giuseppe Andretta

October 28, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

An interview with Giuseppe Andretta 




RH: What attracted and inspired you to your current documentary project?

A: I was attracted by the violence of self-harming tcharmil teenager in Morocco and when I decide the editorial project as a fanzine I was inspired by punk fanzines and the punk culture because I saw some similariEes between the tcharmil appearance and the punk ground- breaking culture in the ‘70s


RH:  Can you talk us through the planning stage for your project?

A: When I realised that the subject was interesEng for developing a photo project I started to show the photos to some friends and pho- tographers just to have an opinion and a different point of view. This is why it turned out that way,

RH:  Is there anything you wish you had done differently?

A: from the photography side no, but I am very sorry for not having taken any video.

Implementation and Completion


RH: How have you dealt with any challenges and difficulties within your project?

A: I’ve tried to face everything with calm and paEence the biggest challenge was to get accepted by the gang, they were much younger than me. I tried to be as much as I could similar to them, I did the same thing they did and be in the same place sharing my experience.


RH: How long do your projects tend to take from start to finish?

A: I am not a professional photographer so this is my second project. The first one last 2 years and the second one 5 years but one was lost for my health problems


Editing and Sequencing

RH: Do have several images to edit of one fleeting moment or do you have one well-constructed precise image that you have captured?

A: I use to shoot several images and then select and edit only one.


RH: Within the editing stages, have you felt the project has taken on a different narrative than first envisaged?

A: Yes, in the beginning the project was considered for a color print exhibiEon and it ended up in a black and white fanzine


Tips and hints

RH: What would you recommend for people starting their own photographic project?

A: Just to find a great and interestng subject, no matter which camera or equipment you use.


RH: Does the camera really matter?

A: No!

RH:  Any books you would recommend reading to get the creativity started?

A: Wow there are so many photography books I have and I think it will be obvious to suggest. I think that the best ones are: “Gipsies” by Josef Koudelka and “The Americans” by Robert Frank. But I will sug-

gest to ‘deviate’ from any standard point of view, I suggest to be ex- tremely curious in every place and situaton.


RH:  Would you recommend a*ending photography workshops?

A: Yes, they are very helpful if the teacher is a photographer that you like and has teaching skills! Some great photographers are good pro- fessionals but very bad teachers.


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