Death Before Digital has been following Fausto and Alessandra’s work for quite a while. Their raw and authentic aesthetics have always appealed to us. We therefor decided to get in touch and interview the power-couple for a Death Before Digital exclusive.
Tell us a bit about yourselves and where you grew up and how you guys got into photography
We are a husband and wife team of photographers from a little narrow-minded town in Italy. We are self-taught photographers and we approach photography together as a hobby, as a mean of escaping from reality and to have a nice time together. Now, photography has totally merged with our lives and is our profession at the moment!
What is it about the medium that appeals most?
We are film-only photographers, because we can’t see digital photography as “photography”. It is only data, while film is magic. Our favourite camera is the Contax G2!! But we also do instant photography and usually use Polaroid and Fuji Instax cameras.
How and/or where did you learn your craft? And do you feel you need a degree in photography to pursue a career in photography?
We are self-taught photographers, we simply started taking photos and we’re also completely involved in photography and collaborations with other artists. I think it is simply because we have a vision, we have something to tell that comes out off-hand, and the will to grow and mature as photographers, as persons and as a couple, pushedourselves to always gobeyond our own boundaries and fears. So we firmly think that it is not so essential to have a degree if you have a passion in this field.
Who or what inspires you?
We are inspired by music and cinema, especially by the 90’s, when we were both teenagers!! We are also inspired by photographers like Nan Goldin, Richard Kern, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Todd Hido and Ren Hang.
How would you describe your overall aesthetics?
Our aesthetic is based on real life, real people, home feeling, we are not interested in objective beauty, we are interested in personal attitude and gaze, we love capturing girls that are comfortable with their own body and want to make fun of their own sexuality without blind prejudices.
What’s been your career-highlight so far?
Every goal we reached has always been important for us and pushed us to go on with more passion. Maybe the most important one, is having one of our pictures with Tessa Kuragi exhibited at the Museum of Sex in New York.
What are you most excited about for in the year 2017?
It is always exciting to not know what happens next… 2017 for us, means a new step on our path, causewe started to give classes of erotic photography and also arranging meetings where we talk about our photography. It has been very hard for us to cross that line cause we are so reserved and generally shy people, but we had a lot of requests and we decided to go beyond our boundaries again and grow up a little bit more!!
At the moment we are working on our two main projects: “Ho te” that is a diary of our daily and intimate life, where we register portrait, self portraits, captured moments and landscapes around us. This project began with our first roll of our life, cause when we started taking pictures, we were each the subject of the other and we went on to capture us day by day, while facing routine life, and ops, we had a photo journal in our hands and so we decided to never stop doing that, and this is intended to last till death do us apart! (At the moment we’ve already published 2 books on polaroid from this, sponsored by: Impossible Italia) “Girls,girls,girls” is our second main project where we captured our girls and their relationship with their own body and sexuality.
What are your hopes and dreams for the foreseeable future?
We hope to never loose our inspiration and always find a way to renew it! Mainly projects where we captured our girls and their relationship with their own body and sexuality.
Who would you most like to shoot?
Sasha Grey and Asia Argento!
Where in the world would you most like to take photos?
Always in the same place, our place, where everything was born and where everything starts everyday, with our music and our books and movies and our love inside these four walls.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
We perfectly know that these are such high and ambitious dreams, but sooner or later we’ll get it!! Juergen Teller, Richard Kern, Terry Richardson!!!
Death Before Digital would like to thank Fausto and Alessandra for their time to answer our questions and for sharing their insights with our audience. For more work please visit their website.