Matteo Prezioso

I am an Italian freelance photographer, born in Ferrara and raised in Perugia. I am currently living in Colombia, Bogotá, where I work primarily on portraiture, photojournalism, fashion and still set photography.

I took my first photography steps in Italy (thanks to my father, an avid hobby landscape photographer,) though it was when I moved to the US - Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA - that I deepened my studies, mostly analog black and white on 35mm, medium & large format film.
I stayed in L.A. for five years, where almost by accident I began doubling between photography and cinematography, working as director of photography on several independent movie productions (mostly shot on Super 16mm.) That was a decisive moment for my artistic and professional development.

From Los Angeles I moved to London, UK where I lived for 11 years. I kept on working in the film business in my new adopted city, as still set photographer but also as cinematographer, camera operator, editor on a multitude of film and television projects (shot both in film and digital.)

Although, yet still fascinated by this medium, it was in England that I decided to go back full-time to photography. It was at this time than I got heavily involved in portraiture, doing professional books for actors & actresses. I then started (yet again, almost by change) working on my first photojournalistic assignments. Portraiture and photojournalism are the ones I prefer.

So here it began a new phase, which lead me to explore a multitude of styles such as portraits, editorial, documentary and conceptual. 

I am an analog photographer. I have tried (sometimes hard, believe me) to fit into the digital world, but each time I failed. And each failure helped me understanding analog better.
I like working outdoors and/or using existing locations. Whenever possible I will use natural light. I also like grain, too. A lot.

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Amy Jasek

Texas, USA

Photography is a family tradition. I was raised in the darkroom, and on the fine art work of photographers like Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams. My father took me photographing with him regularly and taught me how to look at light. He gave me my first camera (an Olympus RC); I made my first black and white print (standing on a stool!) at the age of 7. There are some gaps in the timeline of my photographic journey, enforced upon it by life in general, but film and cameras are one of the few things that have remained constant every step of the way. For me, photography is all about moments and truth. I like to work in black and white so that I can highlight those two things. The truth, form, and simplicity of the moment is presented; I feel that removing the color from the scene brings these things out. I believe street photography is a little window into the heart and soul of a place, a time, and the people in it. These days I tend more toward street portraits and interaction with my subjects, but my drive for capturing the candid moment remains the same.