Jan 30, 2020
Claudio is a Swiss photographer working at the intersection of documentary and fine art photography. With a simple but strong approach, Claudio explores the spaces inhabited by his sitters, at the time that he portrays the inner self. In his series "Same Place", Claudio scouts South African neighborhoods photographing common places and its inhabitants, and the simplicity and isolation in which the pictures are made, are precisely their strength, revealing surprising facts and letting us wonder what lies beneath the frame.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
CR - I live and work in Basel, Switzerland. With my work I like to explore the relationship between spaces and humans, the subject within the space, and the space as the subject itself. My style crosses documentary and fine art practices, while working with people from similar backgrounds, circumstances and experiences.
am - How did you start in photography?
CR - I did not decide to become a photographer, it just happened, so I did not really start in photography. I remember looking at my grandmother's photo albums with wonderful black and white photographs as a kid. I was so fascinated that I started taking pictures myself, first of my grandmother, and then of all the people around me.
am - What is “Same Place” about?
CR - As our life consists of spaces, inner and outer places that we visit and where we meet others, my main goal is to show these spaces: the variety of inside and outside spaces, periods and gaps included.
am - What were you most interested in capturing with these images?
CR - My main interest was to find an approach to the simple outside spaces of the people shown in my pictures, as well as the rich variety of their inner spaces and culture.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
CR - I admire the work of Michal Chelbin, Ken Hermann, Laura Pannack, Spencer Murphy, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.
am - What is your favourite movie?
CR - I don't have a favourite movie. I love the Italian movies with Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren, though.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
CR - Probably Richard Avedon's "In the American West" and Pieter Hugo's "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends".
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Claudio Rasano