| Oct 12, 11:00 AM
Ciao, friends! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series. This week, we are happy to bring you Italian photographer Alan Marcheselli…
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
I own more or less 200 Polaroid cameras, and depending on what I need, I choose the more useful, but my favourites are a silver One 600, an SX-70 Model 2 and a Spectra AF coming from a police CSI kit.
2) Why do you like instant photography?
I like it because of the size, the vintage/POP feelings, the different cameras and moreover I love the possibility to realize unrepeatable pictures.
3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
I was three years old and my uncle shot some pictures of me with a Spirit 600 CL while on holiday. I fell in love with that system that gave the possibility to look immediately at the picture. Now, 37 years later, that pictures and that camera are still in my studio.
4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?
AARRRGHH are you sure I have to choose only one? I quite like them all, from the first generation till the new one. Every film has its own character and application. I shoot principally with PX 70, PX 680 and PZ 600.
5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I don’t have a favourite subject. First comes the project, the idea, then I choose the right subject to realize it, it could be a woman, a chair or a landscape.
6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.
At present I’m working on a project based onto female models self perception, tryng to expose the frailty that it’s hidden behind the beauty they share.
7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?
I grew up with some books of Andy Warhol which included lots of polaroids, so my first photographic love is him. Then I discovered Nobuioshi Araki and the Italian Maestro Maurizio Galimberti. These are my favorite photographers.
8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?
If I can realize a wish I’d like to take a photo of Madonna. During my lifetime I have seen this artist involved in many different art forms, but never in instant photography. In any case my bigger desire is to shoot with the 20 X 24” camera. This would be a nice challenge.
Alan is from Sassuolo Italy. After 22 years of work as interior designer and marketing director in 2010, he has now dedicated his life to instant photgraphy.