| Paolo Ippolito |
If you could be anything right now, what would you be?
A newborn baby who has nothing to worry about.
Which book are you reading?
“A journey called life” and “High and dry” by Banana Yoshimoto.
Which photographer is teaching you something?
I sweep over the selection of all the photographers I consider important for my professional growth.
It is reductive to mention just few names: I love the works of the ‘70s, the American photography and the Japanese one, with their almost opposite approaches.
Stephen Shore or Robert Adams, few years later Eggleston inspired me the same way as Daido Moriyama and the japanese photographers in the vanguard magazine “Provoke”. From Diane Arbus to Rinko Kawauchi, from Luigi Ghirri to Guido Guidi, I could enumerate them for hours. I try to draw something from each of them.
Are you working on a particular project right now? Can you tell us something about it?
The drawer “ongoing” is always full, unfortunately or fortunately, I don’t know exactly. Unfortunately: because sometimes I would like to put a full stop; fortunately: because at least I always have something to do.
From about ten months, I’m working at a long-term project that concerns my life, a kind of personal diary for which I work daily.
The instinctive and conceptual approach will produce a result very different from my other works, I think.
At the moment it is difficult to say more, the editing phase has barely begun.
Where does your fascination towards cities start?
Surely from various type of influences, photographic or not.
To photograph the “ordinary daily”, to say it at the Eggleston manner, I think it could be an interesting challenge.
To turn out on the street and observe the ever-changing landscape is exciting. Italo Calvino, the “New Topographics” movement and the “Dusseldorf School” are clearly firm reference points in my production and perhaps, unconsciously, they influence it.
Can you tell us something about your project “Another Studio”?
AnotherStudio is a project made by ten young friends, between 20 and 30 years old, photographers, video-makers and graphic designers.
Among commercial photography, advertising campaigns, videos and more, we work everyday in a loft of 200 square meters in Rome.
Among other things, we carry out collective projects such as “D/R”, “Via degli Ausoni”, “Sulla soglia” and the newest “Déjà Vu”.