No. 558

8 Exposures...with Andrea Tonellotto

Patrick Tobin, | Sep 3, 12:00 PM

Ciao, Impossibles! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film question & answer series. This week’s entry focuses on Italian photographer Andrea Tonellotto

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

By now, I’m making a collection!! I use three SX-70s, two of which are the original model (my favorite), an SLR 680, a Spectra system, a 1000 and, recently, I bought a 600 SE, with which I’m starting to become confident.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

At first the tones and colors made me mad for the Artistic TZ’s pastel tones, but now i’m in love with last impossible PX 70 12\11 batch’s colors, wonderful!! Secondly, for the fact that I have the result immediately, after a few minutes, and for an impatient man like me, it’s very important. Paradoxically, altough a dated method, it’s faster than digital photography. Dear old Edwin Land was really too “advanced.” Last, there is a “technical” reason…I like to take photos in balance between real life and an abstract world, with subjects born of imagination. Instant film is an absolutely real and tangible material.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

Me and my sister’s photo, when we were children. I remember very well, when my father took our photos, our astonishment to watch those images to develop little by little…true magic. Even now i’m very fascinated, and i really hope Impossible reproduces films that do not need to be protected from light, but can just be expelled from the camera, so that we can enjoy this kind of show.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

For my jobs, PX 70 12/11 has the best colors, although i have to say some of first PX 680 had wonderful colors. I still have not tried the “Cool” films, but what I’ve seen so far is very good.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

As you can guess from my photos, my favourite subjects are landscapes and urban details. I like to go around with my Polaroid to find modern building works with strict lines, few frills, in which light, shadows and colors make linear shapes i can play with. Then I like to take photos of my daughter Margherita, but I keep this kind of photo for me, of course.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

“Nobody. Is there anybody out there?” is a project I’m working on, and some of these photos are the photos I submitted for 8 Exposures. My intention is to represent an ideal city, with houses, factories, recreation spaces, shops, a city witout name: the City.

The search of structures dedicated to man, absence of the man as an actor, but his presence as a designer, as a user. Lights, shadows, geometric and abstract figures. My intention is to propose a world that seems unreal and, as I said, just the fact that instant cameras and instant films get back to reality. It’s a work in progress, made in different parts: any part is a mini project on its own that can be shown alone…I hope to achieve my intention!

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

There are many photographers I like. I want to mention some Italian photographers first: For instant film, Marco Barbon is the photographer that I prefer now. If you don’t know his work, you can see “asmara dream”, “casablanca”, and “cronotropie”. They are surprising. For general photography, I love all Luigi Ghirri’s work. I like Giovanni Chiaromonte and Marco Zanta too. They produce high quality works.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

At the moment, to expand my “Nobody. Is there anybody out there?” work, I’d like very much to come back to take photos in North Ireland, especially Belfast. A place I never went, but i feel inspired by, is Rotterdam in the Netherlands; one of my next goals. Anyway, all North Europe and its modern architecture, often hazardous, stimulates my imagination and my wanderlust.

About Andrea

I’m 37 years old. I live in Piazzola Sul Brenta, near Padova in Italy. I began to take photos with a Leica, then I used medium format, to get to instant film’s magic. I got married to Chiara and I have a beatiful child, 6 years old, called Margherita. Another great passion of mine is rugby.

To see more of Andrea’s work, visit his website at

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  1. Le foto di Tonellotto hanno una marcia in piu. Complimenti.

    said Roberto | 1461 days ago
  2. These look like abstract paintings! love them all!

    said Iliya Chliev | 1487 days ago