Enrico Ratto is the founder of the Italian magazine Maledetti Fotografi where, each month, the most interesting international photographers are interviewed, aiming to create a timeless photography cultural heritage. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!
Hello Enrico! Welcome to the Lomography Magazine. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a journalist, founder of the magazine Maledetti Fotografi, where every month the most interesting international photographers are interviewed. The aim is to tell photography through the stories of the photographers. The aim is to create a timeless project with interviews that can be an interesting lecture not only today but also in the far future as well.
How did your interest in photography start?
After writing, photography is the expressive means that I understand better. It is quick, exclusive and direct, it leaves out all the unnecessary.
Among the interviews you did until now, which is the one you have been mostly inspired and why?
The interview with Antoine D'Agata. Listening to him, in person, you can really understand his work. I hope his interview could deliver all of this. This was an inspiring moment because he has a very French working style, very radical and also extremely connected with his lifestyle. Such an accurate commitment is inspiring in every field, not only in photography.
How would you define photography? What makes it worth pursuing?
I do not have a personal definition of photography. However, I often say that the nice thing about photography is that every time is defined by somebody, there is something missing: a new peculiar case, a new frontier, a new way to show and tell the world through images. This why photography is so fascinating; it is never permanent, it is endlessly evolving and it is impossible to constrain in a unique definition.
What makes a good photograph?
The ability to combine personal culture and vision with a deeply pragmatic approach. There is no great photographer who is not a quick, synthetic and practical person.