“For me photography is basically research. I’m not very interested in journalistic events. I don’t think photography can explain the world. But sure it can help you to understand a little more of yourself.”

Filippo Mutani (born in 1971) is an Italian documentary photographer currently based in Milan, Italy. He’s represented by Getty Images.

Artist statement

Don’t think twice.

Interview with Filippo Mutani

Filippo, what was your first camera and photographic experience?

Olympus OM 101. My first pictures where self portraits, and portraits of one of my sisters, the little one.

Why did you become a photographer?

Because it’s way better than working.

What does photography mean to you?

For me photography is basically research. I’m not very interested in journalistic events. I don’t think photography can explain the world. But sure it can help you to understand a little more of yourself.

Which photographer has inspired you most?

In what way? Sanne Sannes: his nudes just look like they are alive!

Your favorite photography quote?

Again:

“Don’t think twice.”

Bob Dylan

How would you describe your photographic voice?

I try to keep it as natural and instinctive as I can.

What’s important in order to develop an own photographic language?

To make choices.

What do you consider to be the axis of your work?

Natural light, 35mm, and a small camera.

What qualities does a good photographer need?

Be curious and ready to absorb as a spunge.

What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?

To reveal something.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?

From many different things.

What kind of camera and equipment do you use?

Again, a small rangefinder camera, with a 35.

What photography book would you recommend?

Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Sculpting in Time”.

Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?

Not to follow advice.

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