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Postcard of Federico Barbieri

issue #08: starring objects

Caleido tells the Travel diary of Federico Barbieri, fashion photographer. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here

Diary of: @federicobarbieriph

Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
Postcard of Federico Barbieri

Ph. Federico Barbieri

1. What a photographer takes with his/her shots is a mental journey… towards a place, a person or an object. Do you remember a particular object, or a series of objects, that you decided to photograph? What is the memory attached to this shot? If you were to give this shot a title, what would it be?

I quite well remember all the still life shots I have taken. For instance, I do remember them better than the ones I took of people, I think it’s strange… My job is in fact to take fashion photos, so I usually take more photos of people than of inanimate things; yet, perhaps because of the long study that a still life shot requires of me. I particularly remember a photo of a Dior bag taken in the late afternoon in a beautiful place near Sorrento (Italy). We were shooting a fashion editorial in the beautiful setting of the Amalfi coast with Vesuvius volcano in the background. I remember it was the turn of the Dior look: the famous Bobby Bag attracted me and I wanted to capture it in a slightly different way, so I decided to give the model a jug full of water and place the bag on top of it, at an angle. The rusult is a photo I really like and even if I look at it a thousand times, I don’t get tired of it. If I had to give this shot a title, I would call it “Bobby and the jug”.

Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
2. Let’s think about a trip you take in your heart, and imagine that you have to send a postcard showcasing an object (rather than a typical landscape). What journey would that be? What object would be printed on the postcard? Why is that the object?

A food and wine trip, which is actually what I did when I went to shoot at the Bonello farmhouse near Ferrara (Italy), my hometown. The theme was ‘homemade pasta’, and we couldn’t do it without cappellacci di zucca (pumpkin ravioli)! I decided to place a bag and a pair of shoes on the wooden table, along with some plates, cheese and eggs… In short, all the ingredients needed to prepare this magnificent typical dish. It was a journey into my homeland, made of countryside, cultivated fields, rivers and sea.

Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
3. Who would you send it to? What message would you write?

I would send it to my girlfriend at a time when we are far apart. I would write to her: “Soon we will make cappellacci together, I miss you”.

Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Ph. Federico Barbieri
Postcard of Federico Barbieri
Federico Barbieri
Federico Barbieri was born in Ferrara, Italy. He studied Economics and after the degree he moved to Milan and started his career as fashion photographer. His photography is defined by his preference for using natural light and working on location whenever possible. His creative process is research based, marked by an intuitive, almost abstract approach to the subject. As he prefers to give the models freedom to experiment and to explore their own personal expressions, his images are also characterized by a particular energy and sense of presence and spontaneity. His work is defined by subtle elegance with a classic appeal. He is currently a freelance and working for fashion brands like Gucci, Bulgari, Armani, Trussardi, Canali, Hogan, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, South China Morning Post, Numéro among others.

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