Photography is, for me, first and foremost a means of expression
Born in Catania in 1958, Massimo Siragusa works as a professional photographer. He lives in Rome, where he teaches photography at the IED – European Institute of Design. His works have been exhibited in several museums and galleries in Italy and abroad such as Polka Gallerie (Paris), Forma Gallery (Milan), Museo Fi Roma (Trastevere), Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Rome), Galleria del Credito Valtellinese (Florence), Centro de la Fotografia (Tenerife), Coalface Gallery in (Genk), Photo Vernissage Manege (St. Petersburg), Certosa di S.Giacomo di Capri (Rome), Galleria del Cembalo (Rome.)
His corporate works include clients such as Lavazza, Eni, Moleskin, Aeroporti di Milano, Bosch, A2A, Autostrada Pedemontana, F2I, Mychef, Agusta Westlans, Versace, Bisazza, Kartell, Conad, Unipol, Bianca, Telecom Italia, Poste Italiane & Ef Solare.
Siragusa has won four World Press Photo Awards, three Sony World Photography Awards and two MIFA Awards. He has published several books including “Il Vaticano”, “Il Cerchio Magico”, “Credi” and “Teatro D’Italia”
Describe the moment when photography changed your life.
It is difficult to name a particular moment as a turning point, even though the 4 World Press and the 3 Sony awards I’ve won, for various reasons, have scored my career. I know I've worked every day with the certainty of doing something I love a lot and trying to build my life step by step. From the encounter with Scianna - who convinced me to transform my passion into a profession – up to now, I have been lucky to have known many people who believed in me and supported me. Without their help today I would not be who I am today.
Describe what kind of photographer you consider yourself to be.
Photography is, for me, first and foremost a means of expression with which I try to tell and understand not only myself, but also the world around me. It is an ongoing process, which is not just about the moment the picture is taken, but which involves the whole life, and is fed by thousands of stimuli every day. Curiosity and desire for knowledge are my lifeblood.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Curiosity and seeking oneself.
What is the most important photograph or body of work you have worked on to date?
It depends on the point of view. If I think about results, surely "Leisure Time" is the most significant series- with the most recognition, publications and awards won. And it is also the work that marked a turning point in my method of photography. If, however, I think of the intensity, the pleasure, and the emotions that characterized a project, I would say one of my latest works: that on the Cretto of Burri in Gibellina, in Sicily.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
I do not have a particular desire or a specific idea I want to photograph. At the top of my list, I put what intrigues me and stimulates me at that moment. Or, sometimes, what I decide to photograph is almost to exorcise a problem of mine.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
An architect. Or a publisher, considering that literature is one of my great passions.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
In photography, more than in many other creative works, there is a huge connection between the technical equipment used and the language of the author. For this reason I truly believe the role that companies can play in promoting and helping photographers’ work is crucial. With the Global Imaging Ambassador program, Sony shows how a company can be attentive not only to the technique but also to the language of photography. A forward-looking vision of how to take on its leading role in the production of creative tools.
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