I’m Angelo, an Italian photographer. I became involved in photography in 1990, when my father gave me a Polaroid. I didn’t take to it immediately. It was only a year later that I began playing with it. Shortly after that I bought a
Canon AE-1, which I still have and still use.
I’ve worked as a photojournalist for 15 years. I began with music photography and have worked in current events, news, and reportage. I work with Condé Nast, RCS, and De Agostini. The client portfolio includes: Vans, Eastpak, Diesel, Moleskine, Le Coq Sportif and R+Co. I teach photography at Milan’s Accademia IED and at the OFFICINE FOTOGRAFICHE school of photography.
Recently, I’ve been concentrating on street photography, something I practice, as well as teach, attempting to introduce people to this photographic genre that is often misunderstood.
From 2014 to 2017, I was a Fujifilm Ambassador (X Photographer), and beginning in March of 2017 I became an Ambassador for Hasselblad.
For many years, I’ve used Canon cameras and optical bench, medium format. Beginning in 2013, I started using Fujifilm and Leica. Today, I mainly use a Hasselblad X1D.
In my HPRC 2550W, I always have my Hasselblad X1D with 45mm lens (for street and reportage) and a 90mm (for portraits), in addition to 2 Yongnuo 560YN 560IV flashes with relative triggers (for emergency backups), 2 Muraro Mini Travel MU015 light stands, Lexar 1000X 32GB SD memory cards, and some other support gear. I also always put in my Leica M6 with a Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2.0 and the Fujifilm X70.
In the case, I always have my Elinchrom Ranger Quadras with the entire suite of accessories, softbox, umbrellas, antennas, and the Pocketwizard Plus III trigger.
It’s all capped off by a Sirui T2204X tripod with a G20X ball head in carbon fiber, which is light, solid, and compact.
But enough about me, let’s look in detail at what I bring along with me to work.
It’s the first MirrorLess Medium Format launched on the market. With its 780 grams, it is also very light in weight. Its small size shouldn’t deceive us, though. Inside, there’s a Medium Format sensor of a good 50MP.
Its ergonomics are perfect and its grip never tires the hand supporting it. Its features are essential for a designed photograph, not one taken on the fly.
HASSELBLAD XCD 45mm f/3.5
It has compact and light optics, and its 0.8x crop factor can be compared to a 35mm Full Frame. It lends itself very well to reportage and to street photography. I often use it on trips to photograph landscapes, urban architecture, and to document all my experiences. Inside there’s the patented Hasselblad shutter that over time has marked the quality and performance of the Swedish cameras.
HASSELBLAD XCD 90mm f/3.2
The perfect lens for portraits. A medium telephoto lens with extraordinary performance, with which I’m able to work very nicely. It gives high quality and a sharpness that is worthy of the brand. At maximum aperture, it has soft bokeh and breaks up the planes to render tridimensional images.
A compact camera that fits in a pocket. Its APS-C sensor of 16MP provides the brand’s little camera with its high quality. Further, it has a fixed 28mm lens that lends itself to all kinds of street photography, travel work, and to reportage. The only drawback is the lack of a viewfinder, something that’s fundamental for a photographer. However, I’ve worked around this shortcoming with an external viewfinder by Voigtlander, which I mount on the hotshoe.
It surely doesn’t lack features. The latest film camera of the German house is of outstanding quality. Its weight and shape don’t work to its advantage, but when you look at the resulting negatives, you forget about these little things.
VOIGTLANDER ULTRON 28mm f/2
According to my way of taking photographs, and the results that I get, this is the best 28mm lens for rangefinder cameras. Its sharpness is incredible all the way out to the edge, and it doesn’t have a high cost, as a Leica equivalent would.
ELINCHROM RANGER QUADRA
An astonishing battery operated flash kit. I’ve been using them for over three years and they’ve always been perfect: the asynchronous generator with its Ion Lithium battery perfectly manages two 400W heads. For action and sport work and for portraits taken on location, they are the top solution for high-quality lighting.
POCKET WIZARD PLUS III
They are the next generation on from Plus II, which I used for many years. I replaced them solely to update the equipment. One can manage 32 channels in 4 different zones. They don’t miss a single flash and their construction quality is incredible.
MURARO MINI TRAVEL MU015 LIGHT STANDS
They are artisinal stands that are created in Italy by Silvio Muraro. They are compact (shut, they measure 48cm), but are very sturdy and with telescopic legs. They are much more stable than mass market stands. Upon request, it’s possible to modify the design based on one’s needs, and it’s also possible to have them customized to one’s own ad hoc design.
YONGNUO 560YN 560IV
They are flashes with a quality/price ratio that is amazing. I always take them with me for emergencies, but I also have fun using them with the Elinchrom to get special effects. The 560IV provides even enough power to capture whole figures or to shoot skaters on a trick, without having to worry about poor coverage of a subject. Their dedicated trigger (YN560-TX) works in such a way that it can be used independently and used manually with any camera body.
It’s the highest performing tripod I’ve had to date. Its solidity and lightness stemming from the carbon fiber render it prefect for constant moving around. When closed, it’s tiny and therefore takes up little space, always finding a spot in the case without a problem. With its paired head, the G-20X holds great weight, even if generally I don’t use very heavy equipment.