Feb 16, 2021
Diego is an Italian photographer who finds purpose in photography and uses the medium to challenge his vision of reality. In his series 'Off the Mark', Diego invites us to go beyond the elements depicted in each image to explore new collective and individual meanings that refer to the evocative power of photography. In this way, these beautifully composed B&W images represent an introspective journey for the photographer and the observer alike.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
DB - Thank you for having me. My name is Diego Brambilla. I was born in Italy, where I studied sociology and then film direction. I worked as a video editor and graphic designer. But it's only some years later when I decided to study photography, changing my career. I moved to London, where I did my studies at the London College of Communication. A few years later I moved to Zürich, and here I am.
am - How did you start in photography?
DB - I started as a video editor, but at some point I felt that the whole process of making videos was too intricate and complex. So I moved towards photography, which was more straightforward and more suitable for me.
am - What does photography mean to you?
DB - Photography means several things at different levels. Personally, it has a healing power, pushing me outdoors and giving me purpose. Artistically, it represents a way to challenge my vision of reality.
am - What is 'Off the Mark' about?
DB - 'Off the Mark' means literally 'A long way from an intended target'. There is a kind of distance between the subjects of the pictures and what they suggest. While they depict natural matter, their shapes and geometries refer to something beyond; an inward journey, which is as much odd and mysterious as unusual and ironic.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
DB - Difficult to say because it's a long list and tends to change with time. Lately, I rediscovered the work of Luigi Ghirri, who I consider a great photographer; I'm also a fan of Onorato and Krebs. Still generally, I'm more interested in the scene of contemporary artists, such as Yorgos Yatromanolakis, Fabio Barile, Drew Nikonowicz.
am - What is your favourite movie?
DB - I tend to be quite eclectic in terms of movies. I would cite for sure 'Seven Samurai', 'Reservoir's dogs', 'Brazil', 'No Country For Old Men', 'Oldboy', 'Moon'.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
DB - I don't know which is my favorite one; there are so many great photo books out there. I can cite one I'd like to buy, 'The splitting of the chrysalis' by Yatromanolakis Yorgos.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.