Tao Ruspoli, what a singular name. Not only a photographer, but also a filmmaker and musician. He’s an aristocrat, the son of Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri (Italy). He was married to one of the best actresses of 2011, Olivia Wilde (the actress who starred as Quorra in "Tron: Legacy").
Ruspoli’s own life is a road movie in itself, like one of his most famous documentary: “FIX”, which is about drug addiction (winner of 14 film festivals). Tao was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1975, and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Berkeley (CA) and now lives and works in Venice (a very famous district in Los Angeles) as a photographer and filmmaker. He has a little house on the beach and uses his garage as a study. He married the actress Olivia Wilde in 2003, but they separated in 2011.
Tao gained a foothold in the film industry as a documentary maker, but he’s also a photographer and a musician. He made a documentary about the Flamenco way of living in the south of Spain. He made this project as he’s actually an accomplished flamenco guitar player and musician. His first CD, aptly called “Flamenco,” was released in 2005.
He knew Keith Richards when he was 15, and suggested that he learn how to play the guitar, starting from Flamenco. Keith told him, “If you don’t sleep with a woman, sleep with your guitar, just in case you’ll wake up with a great idea."
Tao and Olivia are two Lomography lovers, too. Tao shot a picture of Olivia with a Diana F+.