Q&A: Fabrizio Albertini


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Try to remember to breathe, do not get angry, make a decision. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The social network dependence, or I hope that. What is it that interests you about photography? Finding a way to narrate something. I’ve studied film direction; after my degree a big project went wrong from production issues, two entire years of my work was deleted by other people; the movie has never been realized. So, I’ve decide to switch to photography to be more self-sufficient, direct and free. What is the worst thing about city life? Sometimes it scares me and it takes a lot of energy. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I have to be honest, I’m not an explorer. Anyway I would like to rediscover an Italian region (that is Romagna). What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I believe in God, not in churches. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I don’t know, but probably a dictator. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrology and Astronomy.

What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? When I was a teenager. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Basketball coach. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I’d have to say that it is a book. My first photobook: Joel Sternfeld American Prospects. For the first time it gave me the idea that there was a possibility to work on ordinary things. How often do you take other people’s advice? I’m learning to listen more. Describe a personal hell. Television early in the morning, bad coffee, no sports, bad food, work in a factory. Which living person do you most admire? Too many people. Recently Oney Tapia: a blind athlete who took part, and won, an Italian Tv show of dance. On what occasion do you lie? When I say Yes, too many times. What was the last crime you witnessed? A fire in Cannobina Valley.

What is the best way to educate yourself? It must be letting it go. What is the next book you want to read? I’m reading American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Ultimate camera? It depends of what I’m doing. Most used camera? Recently Pentax 6*7. What object do you want? Now, a Peugeot bicycle from the 80’s. What object do you need? A new video/film camera. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A place where you can find everything, but you can just see. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Not yet. Describe a cheap thrill. Win an instant lottery. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Berlin 2006, Italy win the World Cup of soccer. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes, but my superego says no. Which talent would you most like to have? I wish a was a little bit taller, I wish i was a basketball player. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Feel better, enjoy my day.

(b. 1984, Italy) Fabrizio Albertini studied film at the Conservatorio Internazionale di Scienze Audiovisive (Lugano, Switzerland), his works have been selected and shown at the International Locarno Film Festival, and his photographic series have been exhibited by Aperture Foundation among others.