Santa Nastro is the editor in chief of Artribune, an Italian magazine which talks about every art form, from theatre to architecture. She works in the field of contemporary arts for 15 years and she has also a background in experimental photography. Meet our new TEN AND ONE AWARDS judge!
Hello! Welcome to the Lomography Magazine. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Santa Nastro and I am the editor in chief of Artribune, directed by Massimiliano Tonelli. I was born in 1981 and I am working in the field of contemporary arts since 15 years cooperating with magazines, companies, public and private institutions to create cultural projects. I've always been passionate about photography.
How did your interest in photography start?
I attended an art high school which had a darkroom and offered courses about contemporary photography. There I met artists like Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Luigi Ghirri and Mario Cresci and I've started to experiment with different shooting and printing techniques, always as a student and an amateur.
Who is your favourite photographer and why?
I've always loved Robert Mapplethorpe, for the intensity and the sophistication of his shots, but also because he was deeply connected with the American cultural life of his years. The series of pictures which portray Lisa Lyon offers an innovative vision of feminine body, a true revolution both for the shooting and the subject of the photography.
How would you define photography? What makes it worth pursuing?
Photography has started the biggest revolution of the image, questioning live painting and forcing painters to reinvent themselves. Even today, after 100 years from its born, photography is still evolving, for instance in terms of easiness of reproducing images. Today everybody is a photographer and it worth to keep protecting the uniqueness of the analogue image and, at the same time, exploiting the incredible possibilities given by digital photography.
What makes a good photograph?
His vision of the world.