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When my parents started dating, my mother aspired to be a Jazz singer; my grandfather owned a Jazz record store in Harlem (She let that dream go for marriage and the prospect of having children. I guess for me that was a good thing). Growing up as a kid in NY there was always music playing, much of it was the burgeoning Brazilian Bossa Nova scene of Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto. Bossa Nova is the fusion of Brazilian Samba and Jazz. Mother was always singing; this stuck with me so much that my 5th grade project was all about Brazilian life, culture, architecture and government.
So, when Brazilian Harper's Bazaar asked me to shoot six of the most important designers in Brazilian Fashion, I was more than pleased. I was thrilled to go to Sao Paolo in September, and very excited to be meeting such talent. Four of the images are included here (and on my blog), the Brazilian designers impresarios: Alexandre Herchcovitch, Reinaldo Lourenco, Vitorino Campos, and Carlos Miele with their clothing, friends and favorite models.
People and animals are my passion. I am straightforward, honest, and absolutely love what I do for a living. I love meeting and photographing new people and making them feel like they contribute a very important part to the success of the photo. For the past 15 years I have been donating my services to Home For Life, a no-kill animal shelter, which has given me the opportunity to photograph many wonderful, loving animals (and not to mention, the 3 additions to my own furry family). My crew is like family to me - I like everyone on set to be an equal partner and to contribute ideas, which creates a more fun work environment and ultimately better pictures!
Conceptual still life photographer and sculptor, Massimo Gammacurta, was born in Rome, Italy and studied photography at Cine TV Roberto Rossellini's School. Influenced by the Futurist art movement the Graffiti culture and Fellini's and Pasolini movies, he shot stills and portraits for a host of publications and advertising such as Puma, Nike, Chanel, Lancome, Google, Vogue Italia, Glamour Italia, Esquire UK, GQ Italy.
I'm not really a band or live performance photographer. Well, except Wilco. They've led me to lift a longtime ban on my shooting at shows. I love live music. I'm somewhat of a music freak. Long ago, I abandoned the camera at shows in order to truly enjoy them. There was a certain barrier. Then, with a Leica and a roll of film, that changed. After having really fallen for the band Wilco, and after having seen them a few times, I took the Leica. I was very close with a wide angle, and it was really just, "Oh, look at the new guitar," or "Oh, love that lighting," for a handful of frames, very random and casual. But man, I really liked those frames. Sent them off to the band, and they filled their website for a few months. Welcome was the word from Wilco. Shoot more. I did and since then, practically carte blanche at live shows. Shot Jeff Tweedy for some promo; that was a blast. We're doing an iPad book on this recent summer tour, photos, recordings, etc. Love it and have a great time. Backstage to life, that's what this photo thing is sort of like.
I recently woke up at 4:30 am to hop in a boat with the Barrett brothers, Bill and Ryan, to spend a morning photographing them fly fishing on the North Shore of Massachusetts. We launched from Essex and made our way over to Plum Island and dropped anchor. There is nothing like cruising the shallows of the Essex River at low tide before the sun rises with the moon still lingering in the dawn sky. I need to do that more. I could see myself getting into fly fishing. It’s so meditative. Thanks to Bill and Ryan for letting me tag along. See more in the ‘What’s New’ section of my website
Earlier this month Paolo was chosen as one of the Lüzer's Int'l Archive Magazine 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Congrats, Paolo!
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Paolo is repped by Freda Scott, Inc.