“A minimum of post-production, and a maximum of concentration while shooting.”
Tino Soriano (born in 1955 in Barcelona) is an award-winning National Geographic photojournalist. His work has earned him UNESCO, OMS, World Press Photo Foundation‘s awards as well as four FotoPress prizes.
Tino Soriano has, since 1978, lectured at several Spanish universities and held innumerable workshops. His work has been featured in some of the world’s greatest publications such as The National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Paris Match, La Republica, La Vanguardia and El Pais Semanal and many others.
Interview with Toni Soriano
Tino, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
I think it was a Minolta, but I don’t remember which model.
Why did you become a photographer?
Because it gives you the possibility to travel the world.
What does photography mean to you?
For me photography is all about sharing experiences.
Which photographer has inspired you most and why?
David Alan Harvey, because of his proximity.
What’s your favorite photography quote?
“To suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy.”
How would you describe your photographic style and creative process?
Humility and simplicity.
What’s important in order to develop an own photographic style and how did you achieve it?
That your vision and way of looking at things distinguishes itself from the way hundreds of millions of other people around the world are taking pictures.
What do you consider to be the axis of your work – technically and conceptually?
A minimum of post-production, and a maximum of concentration while shooting.
What qualities does a good photographer need?
Empathy, lightweight luggage and intelligence, if he or she wants to practice photojournalism. And creativity, something which is very rare.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?
That the observer sees what the photographer saw and wanted to transmit.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
One camera and three fixed lenses.
What photography book would you recommend?
The biography of Robert Capa.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
Just go out there and try!