We had an interesting conversation with Thomas Razzano, fashion photographer, who is attending the Fashion weeks for three years stealing fabulous shots to the celebrities of the fashion industry. According to him, photography is something more than passion or a job, it’s like a friend and adventure companion.
One day in June 2017 I found myself by pure chance outside the Prada fashion show. It was love at first sight looking at the works of the most famous photographers such as Adam Katz or Marc Henri.
Tell us something about yourself?
Hi, I am Thomas. I am 23 and I come from Naples. After graduating in Management Engineering, I moved to Milan that now is my new home. About me: I define myself as a reserved guy…I don’t talk about myself to everybody. Firstly, I want to understand if they want to know me before opening. I also have a funny side! I used to send memes to my friends!!! It’s so funny, I know …
How long have you been photographing? How did it start?
I have always loved photography, since I was a child; I liked to carry a memory of every trip or every moment passed. However, my “career” only started 3 years ago with my first MFW. It all started because I have always been passionate about fashion and especially street fashion. That day in June 2017 I found myself by chance outside the Prada fashion show. It was love at first sight looking at the works of the most famous photographers such as Adam Katz or Marc Henri. I immediately thought: why not try it? And so, in September of the same year I started with my first fashion week and it was amazing.
Why did you choose fashion photography?
Mainly because I find in both worlds (photography and fashion) a possibility for personal expression. I can get this freedom especially in street fashion photography. At the same time, fashion photography gives me the opportunity to improve myself, to know the world thanks to the continuous travelling during the fashion month, and to give, perhaps, my personal image of what is happening in the world.
What role does photography play in your life?
Let’s say...as a friend! I need its presence and on the other hand I think it needs me. Photography has become a companion for me; whether it is fashion photography or a simple reportage of my life, it is always with me and through it I can express myself in ways that I can’t with any other person in my life.
Stolen or posed shots?
Of course, STOLEN. Stealing the moment is one of the things I love most in photography. Sometimes when you have a model, influencer or celebrity pose, you risk losing the ‘real them’. In any case, the stolen shot is a priority that every street photographer should have in their repertoire.
What attracts my attention is the mix of two concepts: style and attitude.
What detail catches your attention, enough to push you to photograph a person?
Professionally speaking, my focus is on the new collections worn by influencers, on the research of new trends, new styles and new approaches to the world of fashion. But personally speaking, what attracts my attention is the mix of two concepts: style and attitude.
Cara represents the rebellion against the ‘model’ dogma, against stereotypes in the fashion world, and with her farewell we’ve had the first hint of a movement that still needs to make its full effect.
Do you photograph just famous people or do you also photograph any person on the street, who has details that impress you?
Linking this answer to the other before, my attention is not only on famous people. Often is the opposite. A “not famous” person sometimes can be more stylish than a famous one dressed by a stylist or a brand. Through my work I want to communicate what is real.
You have photographed many celebrities, who else would you like to photograph next?
So far, I have photographed many people that I never thought I could do. I can think for example: Anna Wintour, Elsa Hosk, Romee Strijd and others. But a possible goal/dream for the future it would be to photograph Cara Delevingne. As I’ve said in a previous question, what strikes me are the mixing of style and attitude and I think that in Cara we can find both. On top of that, Cara represents the rebellion against the ‘model’ dogma, against stereotypes in the fashion world, and with her farewell we’ve had the first hint of a movement that still needs to make its full effect.
Which is the project that you liked the most so far?
Of course, the latest with #Vogue. It was a dream come true. I thought it could have been possible working with Vogue and to be published in all Vogue magazines around the world, but I have never imagined doing that in such a short time. I will use this achievement as a starting point, with more awareness on my potential.
How would you represent the ‘dare’ idea through fashion photography?
Daring through fashion photography is finding a way to capture a world through the lenses of another one, is expressing a world through the visual language of another. We provoke, when we are able to make others see things in a way they never thought it was possible. What would you think if you saw a Versace bag in the hands of a homeless? Or if you saw a La Perla’s campaign starring an old woman?
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