iPhone photography and Photojournalism

Flohmarkt 01

Photo: Flohmarkt am Mauerpark – Berlin – IPhone-Hipstamatic photography
© Marco Ristuccia

In the last days there have been many debates about the destiny of Photojournalism and the new trend of mobile photography. I think there’s a bit of confusion about what’s happening, both on the editorial and on the photographer’s side, and I want to add my two cents. Continue reading →

Compro libri antichi (I buy old books)

Compro libri antichi (I buy old books)

Photo: “Compro libri antichi (I buy old books) – Berlin – Neukölln
© Marco Ristuccia

I took this photo in Berlin-Neukölln during the “48 Stunden Neukölln” festival. A young representative of the iPhone-generation curiously chosen as the face of a campaign for antique books collection.

See the full reportage on Il Nuovo Berlinese

The Impossible magic

Christine's neck - Impossible Silver Shade instant film (C) Marco Ristuccia

Photo: “Christine’s neck” – Impossible Silver Shade instant film 
© Marco Ristuccia

Since I started playing around with the new Impossible Project polaroid-like instant films, I had always incoherent, often disappointing results. By “disappointing” I mean that the shots I got barely matched the subject’s image depicted in my mind. Continue reading →

Welcome to “The light beam”

BWW #001

Photo: “BWW #001” (Berlin) – 4’x5′ large format pinhole film camera 
© Marco Ristuccia

There’s nothing better than inaugurating this blog with a new project announcement.

However, besides being my official press page, The light beam ought to be also a discussion space and stimulus on concepts and photography. I hope that someone out there will capture this whisper among the screams and stay somehow tuned.

And going back to the light beams, here’s the first image from my new project. It focuses on the concept of “vacancy” as an increasingly rare subject to find in our noisy contemporary existence. Something that still has the power to make us feel uncomfortable, with the urge to fill it with things, colors, noises and even thoughts. Just like a black hole, the vacuum itself yearns to be filled in by attracting everything in his range with some sort of magnetic energy.

I feel this kind of vacancy in Berlin every time I find myself in one of its many “places not places”. Forgotten empty spaces overcome by dull blind buildings, whose walls resemble giant sheets waiting to be filled in.

I decided to capture them with the help of the analog pinhole photography for a series of reasons: the need to take my time into those places and the desire to make the film “breath” the atmosphere being the most important ones.

The project is ongoing and all the photos will be shot with a 4’x5′ large format pinhole camera on B/W film developed by myself.

Comments are welcome!

Stay tuned for further updates…