A photo journalist or reportage photographer does not simply create pictures but rather takes "true” images. Reportage photography is not just a case of being in the forefront of some conflict in the world.
Reportage photography involves telling stories with images that are unfolding in front of us, of events that we are following and living; using an immediate and effective tool, the camera, as an "extension of the 'eye of a photojournalist", according to Rodchenko.
This form of photography can mean taking a picture of a celebrity, however famous, at home, in his office or out and about, by improvising and creating a photographic studio wherever you need to be.
There are many times during controversial situations, moving and tragic experiences where reportage photography can document everything and nothing. Reportage is one of the most intimate forms of photographic practice, although it is deeply routed in public spaces.
A reportage photographer always endeavours to bring out the truth of a person in their picture because when the image is captured in a natural way and the subject is caught unaware, their very being, their essence, is captured, and nothing more. The task of the photographer here is very difficult because the timing of the shot is crucial. Besides, what could be more personal than a portrait?
The portrait is not a simple reproduction of the features of a face, but is a record the photographers interpretation of a moment in which the subject is laid bare all veneers are stripped away and the inner being is revealed
This is also what I try to teach when I accompany the participants on my photo tours and workshops in Italy; for further details use the link in the contacts section.
I define myself as both a reportage and portrait photographer because I always try to combine the two key elements; my experience from reportage mixed with that need to portray a face or a person creating an image that manages to capture a feeling.
The ultimate result? To display a human emotion in its most raw form.