TBI Q&A: Stefano De Luigi

documentary photographer Stefano De Luigi.
Work from documentary photographer, Stefano De Luigi.
Work from documentary photographer, Stefano De Luigi.
Work from documentary photographer, Stefano De Luigi.
Work from documentary photographer, Stefano De Luigi.
A quick QnA with documentary photographer Stefano De Luigi, who will be presenting at Semi-Permanent design conference in Auckland, May 18-19.


A quick QnA with documentary photographer Stefano De Luigi.

Stefano will draw on his rich photographic experience for his presentation at Semi-Permanent design conference, Auckland, May 18-19.

Stefano is a familiar contributor to many international magazines including Stern, Paris Match, Le Monde Magazine, Time, and The New Yorker, although he is probably best known for his long term projects, which include Pornoland (winner of the Marco Bastianelli Prize in 2005) and Blanco, visions of blindness, published by Trolley in 2010.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?

I wouldn't say  "particularly hours" but moments, when I am more sensitive.

That means, when I am not so tired or/and when I'm facing an exciting situation on the aesthetically or emotionally point of view.

How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?

Direct and clear.

What aspect of your creative practice gives you the biggest thrill?

See new places, meet new people.

How does your environment affect your work?

In term of perception the environment where I am working it's fundamental in term of creativity.

Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?

I look probably most at the iconic aspect of a picture.

What's your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in the creative industries?

Don't be afraid from changing in life.

Which of your projects to date has given you the most satisfaction?


Who or what has inspired you recently?

iPhone photography.

Tell us a bit about your background.

Born in Germany (Cologne), raised in Italy (Rome) , married in France (Paris) and then back to Italy (Milan).
I am sort of gypsy.

Tell us a bit about your upcoming projects.

I am working on a project that links ancient literature to the moderns way of communication.

If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?


What place is always with you, wherever you go?

Olive trees, of my grandfather's land.

What's the best way to listen to music, and why?

For me, there isn't  "a best way". Music is always welcome in every moments of my life.

You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make?

I think is a good start for a sail.

What's the best stress relief advice you've ever been given?

Just a smile from a friend.

What’s great about Semi-P?

Freedom of speech and circulation of ideas

What’s your big idea for 2012?

The next one


Further informaiton:

Stefano De Luigi is a familiar contributor to many international magazines, although he is probably best known for his long term projects which include Blanco, visions of blindness, published by Trolley in 2010 and produced with support from WHO/ Vision 2020 and the 2007 W.E. Smith Fellowship. The multimedia Blanco has been awarded with the second prize at World Press Photo 2011.

He lives in Paris working for the Louvre museum in 1990, documenting museum renovations until 1993.

From 2003 until 2008 he collaborated with the international NGO CBM and with WHO on the project Vision 2020, about blind and low vision people.

In 2007, he is invited by Locarno International Film Festival to present his project Cinema Mundi (started in 2006) creating a short film to be projected in Piazza Grande, Locarno on 4th August 2007. Cinema Mundi focuses on the alternative cinematographic scene external to the colossal hollywood dream factory.

Stefano De Luigi has won the World Press Photo three times in different categories (1998, 2007, 2009), the Moving Walls of Soros Foundation in 2009 In 2010, with the project T.I.A. on Africa continent , won the 1 st prize at the Days Japan and the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. Stefano De Luigi's work has been regulary published on Stern, Geo, Le Monde Magazine, Sunday Time Magazine, Newsweek and The New Yorker,

Personal exhibitions include Paris Carrousel du Louvre (1993), Rome Gallery S. Cecilia (2005), Lille Transphotographique (2007) New York VII Gallery (2010), Paris Polka Gallery (2010), Rome 10/b Photography (2010), New York NYPH11 (2011), MART Museum of Modern Art Rovereto (2011)

Stefano De Luigi Has published two books:
Pornoland with a text of Martin Amis, Contrasto/Thames&Hudson/La Martiniere/Knessebeck (2004) - Marco Bastianelli Prize 2005

Blanco Trolley Books (2010)- POY Best Book Prize 2010
Stefano De Luigi is based in Milan and is a member of VII Agency

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

9 May 2012

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