I’m Settimio Benedusi and I do the
photographer since I was 12, ever since my dad gave me a camera. I immediately started to
do portraits to my friends, I set up my dark room
and I started to develop and print develop and print …
always doing portraits to my friends. It was the spring that pushed me
to be a photographer and from there it went on. In the portraits I do,
in 99% of cases people look in the camera
and in the language of photography when a person looks in the camera
it has a very important meaning: it means he is aware
that the photographer is photographing him. Often they joins
this verb – “steal” – to the photography … I don’t steal anything:
that little flash of humanity is what I want to tell and I want it to happen.
Photography is never reality, it never is the truth: we close reality inside a
frame, then everything that is outside is often excluded, even if it’s important.
And anyway already put our attention on a part and not on everything – which is impossible – it’s already a choice, it is already a judgment, in some way.
What the photographer thinks of what he is photographing:
that’s the only truth that photography has. My doing B&W is a tribute
to these two great masters: Avedon, The American West, great project
by the great American photographer Richard Avedon, and August Sander. My photography always starts
from a concept, it always starts from an ideology it always starts from reasoning…
I never get the camera and photograph … In recent times and I came back
to the origins and that is shooting portraits:
I like to say that it took me 40 years to do that I used to do 40 years ago. I really believe in an English little word that in Italy doesn’t exist, which is “serendipity”:
find something you’re not looking for, and so I like go offshore following a route which can sometimes be instinctive,
which can be emotional… however I still like having a route,
go somewhere. My favorite photograph is a picture:
the “Quarto Stato” of Pellizza da Volpedo. What is the photograph I did
which I prefer: the next one.