Interview with photographer Angelo Zzaven

Interview with photographer Angelo Zzaven


Angelo Zzaven, italian artist was born in 1961. Became interested in photography consciously in the early ‘80s. Always attracted by art, he appreciate the creative aspect rather than the documentary aspect, advocate of modern technologies and digital elaboration, completes and conditions his photograph to a personal feel, autobiographical and referential, aimed to research himself , his emotions, his sensations.

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– How and when did you become interested in photography?

…became to be interested in photography consciously in the early 80s, as a result of a strong interest that I was nourishing for the art in all its forms.

– Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?

There are many artist that have engraved on my training, are artists who have expressed themselves through photography but not only. Some names of this type of artists are Robert Doisneau, Franco Fontana, Man Ray, Eva Rubinstein, Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mario Giacomelli, Joan Mirò, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalì, Edward Hopper, Andrè Breton, Jacques Prèvert, but surely there are many more that slips me out for the moment.

– Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?

I also work with the color but, actually, white and black excites me more, I find it easier to use it to describe my moods, my emotions. The white black adds mystery and stimulates the imaginations of the observer.

– How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?

My photographic work consists, as a first action, in collecting a first important note on the field, a fragment, a scene that already contains the rousing idea of the photographic gesture… after, this fragment it is developed through the obscure camera in the past, or the today’s light camera to achieve the image I had previewed. A work that becomes complete slowly, extending the excitement of the creative act in different moments and different places. I work especially on groups of images, elaborating a project, an idea an order to achieve a work that identifies a precisely moment of my artistic path, linked to contemporaneity and my perception of the things and the places of that historical period.

– Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?

Sincerely I have no projects for the future, I like to work on the present, on what is engaging me at the moment, I am completely engaged of this… everything comes spontaneously and it’s the result my living and confrontation with contemporaneity, on the images I always look for myself, my mental and sensitive involvement with the things of my contemporaneity.

Website: angelozzaven.com

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