Corrado Murlo is an Italian photographer specialising in portrait and documentary photography. He tends to capture the most intimate emotions with his camera, without artificiality. Just the human soul with all of their real imperfection.
We had a chat with Corrado to get to know him better and go beyond his camera lenses.
Mine is a photograph that tends towards an ideal of cleanliness and essentiality and that puts the human soul at the center of the scene using a defined aesthetic but never aimed at itself.
Hello Corrado, tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Corrado and I am a 39 year old photographer from Rome. I mainly deal with portrait and documentary photography. Turning to serious things, I am a fan of anime, manga, comics and graphic novels in general, an assiduous role-playing player, a videogamer and a music lover. I studied cultural heritage with archaeological address. I am a proud member of the great LGBTQ + family. Last but not least I have beside me a wonderful pug named Brian Eno.
How are you doing and how do you spend your typical day?
I would say that I'm fine despite the significant changes. We certainly live in a very particular period, my routine has changed a lot and maybe for the better. My typical day takes place at my office desk or at home, between mails, post production and social networking. Obviously you still shoot but in different ways and many times remotely, which I find interesting and I am deepening.
Tell us about your photography.
Mine is a photography that tends towards an ideal of cleanliness and essentiality and that puts the human soul at the center of the scene using a defined aesthetic but never aimed at itself.
Photography is an extraordinarily powerful and versatile medium and speaks its own language which is different from that written or spoken, but they can unite to tell reality in a complete way through the photographer's gaze and the narrator's words.
What inspires you?
I think that all visual arts are interconnected and therefore sometimes unexpected ideas can also be found in areas other than ours, be it cinema, graphics, comics or photography.
A part of my inspiration, on the other hand, derives from music that allows me to get to perceive the mood of a shot.
Is there something you are afraid to shoot?
I honestly believe that I am serene enough to be able to photograph anything.
What do your images tell?
In my personal projects I analyze the identity and perception of self. I want to create images that speak sincerely and without frills of the world we live in, obviously through my vision.
Is there a project you feel particularly attached to?
I am tied to all the projects that I have developed to date equally, in each of them there is a part of me of this phase.
Do you think photography can replace words? Is it a strong mean of reporting?
Photography is an extraordinarily powerful and versatile medium and speaks its own language which is different from that written or spoken; it can unite to tell reality in a complete way through the photographer's gaze and the narrator's words.
As for the complaint, an important example are the recent events related to the Black Lives Matters movement, proving that it is a powerful way to tell and report.
"Each of us has its own peculiarities, including limits, these differences make each individual noteworthy and unique."
What are the emotions you want to convey?
I try to convey the emotions of the subjects I portray, to bring out part of their essence without being invasive but accompanying them in what I believe is a dance.
What is special about Corrado that the others don't have?
I think nobody is special. This concept of being special tends to instill too many and unrealistic expectations about oneself in people. Each of us has its own peculiarities, including limits, these differences make each individual noteworthy and unique. So I have nothing special, I only put a part of myself into my works.
What are your future plans?
I want to continue shooting for my SHIFT project which I had to stop due to the COVID-19 crisis.
I am also starting a collaboration for a project together with an illustrator, something that will combine photography and illustration, obviously always linked to the concept of identity and perception of ourselves.
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Interview & Article by
Vivian di Lorenzo