"Details" by Stefania Papagni

Oct 14, 2016

Stefania is a young Italian-French artist who uses photography as a catalyst for discovery and self-acceptance. In her series “Details”, Stefania presents a sequence of soft and thoughtful self-portraits that make us reflect about the fallacy of the ‘perfect body’, the present beauty canons and the natural beauty of the human body independently of all its ‘imperfections’. With a natural and delicate style, Stefania’s images are very inspiring and let us always wanting to revisit them.


Next, read an interview that we had with her about her work and inspirations:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

SP - I’m Stefania, a 24 years old Italian-French girl. I live in a southern Italian town, Potenza, where I studied art and at the moment I work in a small cafe.


am - How did you start in photography?

SP - I always had a passion for photography, since I was little and when my parents used to buy me disposable cameras. In my early adolescence this passion was put aside but around the age of 17, when my mother gave me the old compact of my aunt, the passion came back and stronger than before.


am - What inspires your work?

SP - I take my inspiration from anything, it can be a book, a movie, a song, a place but also a certain light, a dream or my reflections.


am - What is “Details” about?

SP - I never had a good relationship with my body, like almost every girl. Every time I look at my reflection I find so many defects altogether that sometimes I can not see anything good.

So one day I thought I would not look at all those that I have always considered my imperfections and with the help of a mirror I discovered that taken individually, those details were not that bad.

With the mirror I could see the fragments out of context, and they could belong to anyone. Thus a not-too-flat belly became only a belly, stretch marks on the butt seen from another perspective were even nice and I found that the moles that I never loved are just a characteristic of mine.

This project is helping me to be less self-critical and to love me more as I really am.

“Details” is a collection of analog self-portraits of some details of my body.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

SP - My favorite photographers are Tamara Lichtenstein, Giulia Bersani, Petra Collins, Maud Chalard and Théo Gosselin.


am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?

SP - Delicate, natural and spontaneous.


am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?

SP - Lately the job keeps me a little busy, but when I don’t taking pictures, I spend most of my time with my twin sister, watching movies, listening to music or reading something.


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

SP - Probably I choose a northern country like Norway or Finland, because of their stunning locations, almost like fairy tales, even though I don’t like cold.


am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?

SP - Skunk Anansie - Hedonism, it’s been a month since this song is always in my mind.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

SP - Into the Wild, I saw it at least 6 or 7 times.


am - What are you reading at the moment?

SP - Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.


am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?

SP - I have something in mind but at the moment it is just an idea, nothing concrete.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

SP - Thank you for the opportunity.


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