STREET KIT: Giuseppe Cardoni
Lives in Umbria,Italy. Engineer. His main interest has been B/W reportage. He coauthored, with the RAI journalist Luca Cardinalini, the photographic book “STTL La terra ti sia lieve” (Ed. DeriveApprodi/Roma, 2006). With Luigi Loretoni, he published in 2008 the photographic book “Miserere” (Ed. L’ArteGrafica), in 2011 “Gubbio, I Ceri” (Ed. L’Arte Grafica) and in 2014 “Kovilj” (Ed. L’ArteGrafica); he is coauthor of the book “I colori del Jazz” (Federico Motta Editore, 2010). At last he published the photographic book “Boxing Notes” (Edizionibam). He has exhibited his works in many individual and collective exhibitions. Awarded or finalist in many national and international competitions.
Regarding Street photography to quote recent results in the last two years his photographs (as an award-winning or finalist) have been exhibited in the The Miami Street Photography Festival 2017, ImagOrbetello 2017 and 2018, URBAN Photo Awards Trieste 2017 and 2018, The Key West Photography Festival 2018, Street Photo Milano 2018, Italian Street Photo Festival Roma 2018, Street Photo San Francisco 2018.
His images have appeared on Reponses Photo, Photo (French and Italian edition), Fotografare, Image Mag, and various publications on the web such as Witness Journal.
When did you start taking pictures and why?
In the mid-70s. I have always been attracted by the visual arts, and I believe that photography was born as a requirement of expression and communication (I was also fascinated that it is a universal language that transcends frontiers).
Today I can say that photographing has really helped me to live.
Your photographic genre?
My main interest has been B/W reportage but I’m also interested in other genres such as musical photography, street photography and others.
The project “Boxing Notes” started from the memory of my grandmother “Nonna Mira” who was the real boxing enthusiast of the family.
She set her alarm for 3 a.m. and called my father and me (just a boy) to watch big matches live from Madison Square Garden in New York
What does your typical day look like?
Regarding photography, I can say that I do not spend a day without reading an article or a magazine (or on paper or on the web) and some pages of a good photography book. I often take photographs but not every day. I prefer to work on medium-term projects and the phases of shooting are concentrated in predetermined periods.
Could you tell us about the most important photography of your entire career or maybe about one that you care about most of all?
More than the most important photography I prefer to mention my most important project which is “Boxing Notes”.
The project started from the memory of my grandmother “Nonna Mira” who was the real boxing enthusiast of the family.
She set her alarm for 3 a.m. and called my father and me (just a boy) to watch big matches live from Madison Square Garden in New York.
With this memory, I went looking for those atmospheres and values of the great boxing of the sixties and seventies. I went shooting in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Baltic Countries and Italy.
It is a humanistic reportage that has been held for almost four years. This work has won several international awards and has become a book.
What’s inside your camera bag?
When I do street usually I walk light. Right now Leica M10 and 24 elmarit. And sometimes, a second lens in my pocket that I choose before leaving. (so… I do not use the bag :))
However this is my favorite Street kit:
Leica M10; 24 elmarit ; 21 elmarit (I use it on public transport as an alternative to 24); 35 summilux asph and, less often, 28 elmarit asph. For the analog I use Leica M7.
What do you think to add in the bag and what do you think you give away?
Actually nothing. I’ll probabilly consider the leica M11 when it comes out 🙂
The photography site you visit most often?
I often start from facebook and then I head towards links and photography events that interest me (such as Magnum Photos).
Plans for the future?
In the coming months will come out a new book that will contain more than ten years of Jazz photography.