Maurizio Di Iorio
q: What’s the difference in approach between your personal and professional photography?
a: Those few times I’ve worked on commission, I revisited the same stylistic features I adopt in my personal photography. I absolutely wouldn’t be able to think up a style and a language not suitable to my aesthetic sensibility. In fact, during several editorials, I’ve shot photographs that I’ve also used for my series.
q: What are you inspired by?
a: Desire. I photograph everything I desire; obviously not the actual subject, but what it represents. And that’s also why I consider my photography a merely predatory act.
q: Favorite cartoon character?
a: When I watch a cartoon, I need it to relax me psychologically – something I don’t look for in cinema or literature. That’s why I prefer light characters. Also, cartoons for me are one of the few things that remind of childhood. And in mine there were the Warner’s and Disney’s characters with their fairly easy thematic meanings. That doesn’t diminish my appreciation, a quite strong one, for series such as The Simpsons and South Park.
q: Any music you would like to recommend?
a: Years late, I just discovered cLOUDDEAD, a hip hip group I’ve been hooked to for a while. To tell the truth, I’ve always hated that genre, but in their music there’s such a contrast between a dark and almost decadent depth and the typical insolent hip hop rhythm. Same ingredients that the photography I love is made by: darkness and insolence.