Sep 05, 2016
Stefano is an Italian photographer currently based in the south of France. With a calm and nostalgic mood, his images narrate personal stories that touch all of us in some way. Hence Stefano’s oeuvre is one to be felt, to be experienced and revisited, because the more we see it the more we immerse in his world.
Following we want to present an interview that we had with Stefano:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
SM - I was born in Verbania, a town in the North of Italy. I studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice then I moved to France where I got my master’s degree in visual arts at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After I graduated I moved to the South of France in Summer 2014 and I’ve been living in Arles since then.
am - How did you start in photography?
SM - I started photography in 2008 when I met my partner, Vivien Ayroles (www.vivienayroles.fr) who’s also a photographer. He introduced me to the fun of taking photographs in a moment where I was kind of frustrated with what I was doing with painting and drawing, since then I’ve never stopped photographing.
am - What inspires your work?
SM - Everything is inspiring to me, although I mainly work on matters that are very close to my personal life, I am also inspired by books, movies, music, everything that resonates with my ideas or feelings and that gives me a little spark of creative energy that makes me want to make new stuff.
am - What is “Regrets” about?
SM - It is an ongoing series about my life here in the South of France, the quest and the struggle to find my place here. It is also a way to express my fears and doubts, my subconscious, through photographic images.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
SM - There are too many photographers! But I would say that one of my favourite artist is David Hockney, he is a pure genius.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
SM - Still, evocative, personal.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
SM - I love to cook, play the piano, doing Skype dates and having endless email conversations about everything with my friends, and binge watching stupid tv shows.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
SM - Japan!
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
SM - I am loving Anohni’s Hoplessness right now.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
SM - I don’t have a favourite movie but I can say that there is a movie I so painfully loved that I am scared to watch again and it’s "Amour" by Michael Haneke.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
SM - My birthday present from earlier this month: a collection of 30 years of interviews of Marguerite Duras.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
SM - For me everything is always a personal and professional challenge, I can’t seem to separate these two aspects of my work.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
SM - Thank you, my pleasure!