We sat down with Corrado Dalcò, a long-term Lobster who’s work has been admired by us for a while, over in Lobster HQ… so, we thought it was about time we sat down with Corrado and asked him about his craft.
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Hey Corrado, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us! First things first, Let our Lobster audience know where are you from & where are you based?
So then.. my name is Corrado Dalcò, I am Italian, born in a small town in Northern Italy, famous for cheese, ham and pasta. I’ve been living in London since 2002, but lately, I’ve been moving around a lot for work.
Mmmm all our favorite things! How long have you been doing photography?
Oh God, you know I don’t know? Maybe it’s 25 years now, maybe a little more, I had a parenthesis with the video then I started shooting again. I’d say 25 years ago
Wow, so a long time then! What do you shoot with? Digital? Film? Video? Do you have a favorite?
I don’t look at support much when I work, in any case, I work with both media, both film and digital, just to always have a comparison, an alternative and a different view of things.
I can say that I prefer the film but absolutely digital photography, the first because it gives me an added value, the second because in commercial photography it must be taken digitally for issues related to timing, budget, etc.
How about the photography equipment you use? Is this important to you?
For me it is not very important what kind of camera you use, what counts above all is what you want to achieve with it.
However, since you ask me, I use the Hasselblad H system in both analog and digital with a Phase One back; a small Canon snapshot for ever-digital search, two analog T4 and T5 yashics and lots of polaroids, plus a collection of Lomo cameras.
I see that you do a lot of fashion photography, what attracted you to that industry and why? Did you fall into doing fashion photography or has it always been a goal and dream of yours?
Well, my attraction to the world of fashion and its photography has purely artistic origins, I come from a fundamentally commercial photography school, and by doing certain jobs in certain sectors I couldn’t express myself as I would have liked; with fashion photography I finally succeeded in expressing myself and experimenting as I wanted while simultaneously introducing myself to a commercial sector that fascinated me anyway.. because many of the photographers I took inspiration from were also involved in fashion, or perhaps it were fashion that drew inspiration from their works and their styles?
This is a separate question that is too important to answer with a whole specific interview
Sounds like a fascinating industry to be a part of, we’re impressed! Your work often contains subjects and more specifically the human form… What attracts you to the body? What significance does the human form have in your work?
In the body, I have always found inspiration linked to the world of fashion. I have always tried to adopt a totally different and revolutionary approach towards the fashion system and aesthetic perfection, therefore of the human body. A provocation understood as an intellectual stimulus that can invite us to reflect through photography. I tried to emphasize a new form of realism in which images have the task of telling the story of how and not the thing. The emphasis is therefore not on the fashion of the season but on lifestyles communicated through one’s own way of being and dressing, where bodies dress to signify a body, which escapes anonymity and focuses attention on self.
Especially nowadays, expressing oneself has become so important in every way we perform to the world. This brings us to our next question of why photography is important to you?
Because there is simply nothing better than photography that expresses itself. Because it provokes a reaction in the viewer. Because it has to stay in your brain. Because it must leave you speechless.
What is one of the hardest things about being a photographer?
Uh, you know I don’t know? But I can tell you which one gave me the most trouble photographing it, and it was a plate of pumpkin Tortelli, I couldn’t give the right appetizing mood I wanted. I made hundreds of dishes, but in the end I succeeded
Haha, that sounds very specific and very topical for today’s Halloween holiday! Have you ever had any career-changing experiences?
Ahahaha still no, at least I don’t think so!
Have you ever had any experience with copy-right infringements?
Yes of course, unfortunately, and it was a bad experience to have to go before a judge to enforce his copyright.
It was a brand that only paid for a lookbook and not for a press campaign, the model I had used contacted me and showed me the magazine campaign. Obviously, I enforced my rights, but it wasn’t nice.
Ah, that is not ideal. Hearing your experience reminds us why we do what we do at Lobster – to prevent cases like this happening! It’s important to highlight how common it is for content creators like yourself, but we want to remind people that there are people (like us!) out there, fighting to protect content creator rights.
What advice would you give the aspiring photographers that we have on Lobster?
Always do what you want to do, don’t have labels, don’t have secrets, or someone who tells you what to photograph and what doesn’t.
What is your favorite thing to photograph and why?
Since I started my research on the body, that remains my favorite subject, always linked to my concept of fashion.
Then there are so many other things that I love to photograph: the clouds, the sea, the drops of water, and everything that can come in with the body and what we are.
Then there are the things I hate photographing, but those I don’t tell you.
Haha, maybe for another day! And finally, why did you join Lobster?
I think it’s a good portal to get new customers and sell your work in the best way.
Thank you so much Corrado.
This Q&A is for Vanessa – who’s leaving the Lobster Team this week! Good luck V, thank you for all your work, you’ll be missed!
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