Nov 17, 2016
Raul Rodrigo is a Chilean photographer and artist passionate about people, music and Polaroids. After completing a degree in Fine Arts and assisting photographers like Mario Testino, Raul decided to open a gallery in Paris dedicated only to instant photography. In his images we can find a combination of glamour and nostalgia, resulting in incredible and timeless photographs that could be done anytime during the early XX century.
Following we present an interview that we had with Raul:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
RRR - Raul Rodrigo Rafael Diaz aka RRRDIAZ. Born in Santiago, Chile. I grew up in the United States where I attended The School of Visual Arts in New York and later received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Corcoran School of Arts In Washington, D.C. I later moved to Paris where I had the chance to become assistant to some of the world best fashion photgraphers (MarioTestino, J.B Mondino, Stephan Sednaoui, Enrique Badalescu). This lead to a short but busy carrer in fashion photography. Stunted by my medium of choice, Polaroid, which production ended in 2006 I was forced to go digital or stop altogether. I decided to open my own Polaroid shop and gallery ‘EN FACE’ in Paris where I was able to federate the growing instant photography community. With the arrival of the Impossible Project (IP) films I was again able to restart producing images. I have dedicated the last few years to exhibit in various galleries , participating in Polaroid publications and recommiting myself to my love of instant film. I am currently finishing my first book which will see the light in early 2017.
am - How did you start in photography?
RRR - I started photography at the age of 14 with my first Polaroid camera the ONE STEP aka POLAROID 1000. I immediately fell in love with the magical process and the format. I wasn’t sure it was what I wanted to do the rest of my life but a few years later I found it to be the most obvious way for me to express my ideas.
am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?
RRR - My inspiration comes mostly from observation. I love to look at people, see how they stand, walk, their body language. I also look at the sky a lot, I admire the changing light during the day. I love books and expos, so I guess the answer to the question would be galleries and book stores and life in general.
am - Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone?
RRR - Music is something that fills my days. I cannot do pictures without music playing.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
RRR - I have a lot of favorites… Some of the photographers that have most inspired me are Lee Friedlander, Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, Anders Peterson, Ken Ohara, Joel Peter Witkin, Max Pam and Bruce Weber. As far as fine arts I love Matisse, Margitte, Klimt, Basquiat, Otto Dix and Egon Schiele.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
RRR - Erotic, Analog, Fashion.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
RRR - I DJ.
am - What’s been your career highlight?
RRR - My highlight so far was assisting and being able to learn from the modern masters of Fashion photography. I traveled a lot, got well payed, and met amazing people.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
RRR - At this moment I am reading Tales of Ordinary Madness by C.Bukowski and John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire.
am - What’s something that you haven’t experienced yet that you want to?
RRR - I know it sounds cheesy but the pleasure of publishing my first book.