In my view, photography is a visual language and a personal way to express emotions and perceive people, environments and events. Therefore, a photographer is someone who re-represents reality in his own language.
Alfredo is a photographer who believes in the emotional power standing behind any long-term project which stems from a personal interest, a deep inner thinking or, rather, from a touching external event.
A graduate of the Documentary Photography degree course at the University of Wales in Newport, he has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both western and eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries. Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked for many NGOs in Europe and further afield.
Alfredo has won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards and UNICEF Photo of the year. In 2005 he was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy.
About / Biography
Alfredo D’Amato (Italian B. 1977) studied Art, Media and Design at the London College of Printing. He later graduated with a degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, UK. He has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries, focusing on the interrelationships between African origins and western influences. Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked with UNHCR, UNICEF and many other NGOs in Europe and further afield. Alfredo won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards as well as UNICEF Photo of the year in 2005, the same year he was also selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy. ‘Cocalari’ (Postcart Editions), is Alfredo’s first photographic monograph, published in 2010. He is currently working on a new book project about lusophone countries in Africa and Brazil. Alfredo’s work is part of the permanent collection at George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York State.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life
It was certainly my first reportage, Cocalari, in Romania, that gave me the opportunity to understand where my interest for human beings was leading me. Although my photographic interests range from environment to daily life, the marginalised social segments of societies are undoubtfully part of my constant research.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
If personality reflects the way we observe as a photographer, I definitely would say that my work aims at rising up a question rather than making a statement.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
Although many are the places, persons and things that I consider remarkable in my work, Cachoeira and the Candomble rituals, in Brazil, are part of my best memories and experiences. Surreal was coexisting with human emotions. Persons were so much involved into the ritual that I got the impression of becoming almost invisible to them.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
Since I start my carrier as a photographer my interest has been focused mainly on the African continent and I have been traveling throughout it for many years. Surely on the top of my list now days I have Asia.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
I grew up in a place where light does shape the way to experience life and perceive the world. If I hadn’t become a photographer, I would have certainly done something related to images.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
SGIA is an amazing platform where selected authors can show their work and talk about images freely to a large audience.
What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment (explain why).
My favourite Sony camera at the moment is the Alpha 7s, the small body together with a fix make the camera appearing very small, and also the silent shooting make me feel invisible while I am working
FE 28mm F2
SONNAR T* FE 35mm F2.8
Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS
FILSON camera bag
Manfrotto tripod 190