Alex Panichi

What made you get into photography?
The charm of light, and the desire of studying lights and shadows deeply.

How would you describe your photography style?
I don’t think I have a defined style, I feel more like an explorer. My study of comics, both print and video, influence a lot my photographic work. At this time I’m working a lot with tattooed girls; it gives me the chance to capture two forms of art in one photo.

Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
I look up to so many different artist. I love cinema and comics a lot, so I look up to Vittorio Storaro, Tanino Liberatore, Milo Manara, Frank Miller, and Darren Anorofsky. But, I would also say that my actual post production style and technique are mostly based on my studies of Dave Hill, Andrzej Dragan, and Jill Greenberg, which impress me a lot with their strong post production style.

Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
I attended a short basic photography course, then I worked as an assistant in a studio. There I learned how to use lights, and how to build a set. I am entirely self-taught when it comes to post production though; everything I know is a result of many nights spent in front of my computer watching tutorials on the web, with a lot of coffee at hand.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
In the digital era, everybody can be a photographer, so it’s very hard be noticed. You need to be very dedicated and always looking to better yourself. Your work must be very high quality, and at the same time not being too cold and distanced from your audience.

What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love walking around with my camera, and capturing moments of the world around me. I get to freeze that moment, and observe it with even greater attention to detail.

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