“A great photo is the one that makes you doubt, that generates questions.”
Gianluca Gamberini (born in 1979) is an Italian photographer, currently living in Paris, France. He studied photography at “International Photography School” (SPEOS) in Paris.
Interview with Gianluca Gamberini
Gianluca Gamberini, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
A Nikon F80, that I tried out during a beautiful trip to the Aeolian Islands.
Why did you become a photographer?
That’s a good question. I think the moment I made up my mind…
What does photography mean to you?
Reveal something, and yet hide something to someone.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Saul Leiter, his capacity of abstraction of everyday life is incredible.
“In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”
What’s your favorite photography quote?
“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
How would you describe your photographic style and way of working?
I work a lot beforehand on the theme and the ideas. I don’t want to reproduce a lot, so once I’m in a location it should all happen very fluently and instinctively.
What’s important in order to develop an own photographic style and how did you achieve it?
To find what really interests you in everyday life.
What qualities does a good photographer need?
To be able to listen and create connections with other people.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?
A great photo is the one that makes you doubt, that generates questions.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
While travelling or reading.
How do you keep up to date with new developments in photography, to keep on learning new things?
Through workshops, internet and friends.
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
Hasselblad 500 cm (analog) and Nikon D300 (digital).
What’s your favorite website on photography?