I came across Luca via his blog I think? To be honest Luca had accepted my invitation for an interview and had lost my email. Out of sheer luck he came across it again and sent through his answers. Anyway he is a photojournalist who has captured some amazing moments in time.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Im 32 years old, studied medicine and homeopathy before I started to study photojournalism in Oslo (2006-2008). I’m based in Oslo, Norway.
I’m working for Save The Children and DN (Dagens Naeringsliv, frilans) and looking for a agency that can represent me internationally.
Full CV can be found here:
What made you get into photography?
I got my first camera from my grandfather in Italy when I was 5 years. It was an old 50’s or 60’s Nikon with a 35mm. Silver and black. I took pictures every day that summer. No one believed that i actually had film in the camera, so i opened the back and showed the film to everyone….. Got some really funky pictures with a lot of colour and double exposures.
How did you get started?
It was pure luck. I’ve always been interested I photography but I thought it was impossible to make it a living. After years of studying medicine I suddenly realized that it was possible to earn money by taking picures. I could follow my dream and hobby. I signed up for the photojournalist education and was lucky enough to be one of the 15 that entered.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I mainly take portraits and do documentaries for magazines and newspapers. But of course to make enough money I work with normal news coverage also. What I would really do full-time is documentary.
What gear are you using?
Right now I’m using Nikon D3s with a 28mm
And I was selected to be Nikon ambassedeur in Norway this year. So I’ll be using a lot of different stuff over the next year.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
28mm. It’s the one I’ve always used and I know exactly how close I can go to get the image I want. I like to go close to people so this lens works perfect. Maybe I’ll try the 24mm this year.
How are you marketing yourself?
I send my pictures to different competitions, sell my stuff to many magazines and newspapers and use twitter, facebook and my website to market my self. And of course, happy clients tell to others.
Sometimes I give out free pictures to NGOmagazines. This has a marketing effect of course, together with the fact that you help them out in their work for the less fortunate.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
“Rue Des Miracles”
My favorite picture is one I took in Haiti some days after the earthquake. A young boy stole something from a store. An angry mob shot him in the head and stomac. He was laying there for almost an hour before he was rescued and helped out. On the left side a cross on the right side the name of a street: “Rue Des Miracles”
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
The first advice is to get some education. Especially if you want to work with photojournalism. It’s really different from taking just taking good pictures….. Here you have to work out a good reportage/documentary and put many pictures together. You have to understand the story from a journalistic point of view and not only from the artistic view.
Be humble and don’t be an arrogant show’off. Nobody likes that and nobody wants to work with one.
Be prepared to get a lot of NO the first time you show your portfolio. And that a portfolio look-through will take less than 3 minutes.