Monday, 30 April 2012

Pictures in a drawer - Abbas Kiarostami

A couple of years ago I was teaching photography at the Cortona Center of Photography, based in Cortona. I was walking with a student of mine on the main square, Piazza Signorelli, in front of the Etruscan museum. We found out that Abbas Kiarostami was filming Certified Copy inside the museum and tried to sneak in to see what was happening. Once there we were summoned by some of the movie staff who asked us if we wanted to work as extras for a couple of hours. So we did it but what I really wanted was to take a picture of the film director. At the end of the session I waited for him at the exit of the museum and asked him if I could take a picture of him. He accepted.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Pictures in a drawer - Pig slaughter

I was commissioned by an American magazine, La Cucina Italiana, to document the making of Porchetta in Ariccia (Rome). I spent a couple of days photographing how the meat was treated and cooked and took some portraits of the main producers. One of them told me that some days later they would be killing a few hundred pigs and asked me if I was interested in taking pictures. The assignment was over but I accepted the invitation.