The live music photographs from Francesco Algeri a.k.a. @fralgeri are marked with a creative twist that is rarely seen in the music photography genre. With our Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens, he manages to create authentic images thanks to this lens’ natural soft focusing and sperimentation possibilities.
Hi Francesco, welcome back to our Online Magazine! Please tell us about yourself.
Hi guys, a pleasure to talk to you! My name is Francesco, I am 37 years old and I live in Messina in beautiful Sicily, Italy, a land rich in culture and contradictions. I studied at classical high school and later graduated in communication sciences. I am a great lover of music, which I consider the true thread of my life, and over the years it has literally pushed me towards photography.
When did you start your journey in the photography world?
It is a passion that I have always had along with music, but at some point it became such an integral part of my life that it became my job. At home there were always magazines indirectly related to photography, such as National Geographic, as well as various cameras, because on one hand my father was a technology enthusiast, while my grandfather loved travelling. However, I did not plan to be a photographer even though, for example, at family parties I was always the child who filmed others or photographed them. However, my approach to photography really started from news-related aspects when I started to collaborate with some online newspapers in my city.
How would you define your visual style and how has it developed over the years?
It is always difficult to describe one's style because it is something personal and difficult to explain, but without a shadow of a doubt I consider myself first and foremost a street photographer, which has always been my 'gym' and still is. I undoubtedly love photographing people, the diverse humanity that surrounds me. I can safely say that the human element is predominant in my photography. Street photography has also taught me not to interact with the subject but to try to capture spontaneous moments and situations that happen in front of my eyes.
Over the years I have managed to combine my passion for music with photography. Since 2014 I have photographed numerous concerts, both as a photographer for an exceptional club in terms of passion and dedication to the subject, such as the Retronouveau in Messina, and as a freelance around the boot of Italy. I only take few images in black and white, mainly because I adore color and also because undoubtedly photographers such as Alex Webb, Bruce Davidson and David Halan Harvey have profoundly influenced me.
How do you find shooting gigs with our Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens?
I think I can no longer shoot concerts without it, it is definitely in my photographic equipment. I am a big fan of analogue photography, which I consider to be a world itself, but I shoot digitally for work, because in my field speed counts and customers want everything almost 'straight away'. I am therefore confronted on a daily basis with numerous files where definition is predominant. The Daguerreotype Achromat, on the other hand, offers me the opportunity to take a step back in time, both in terms of manual focusing and the use of plates for the apertures, as well as in terms of image rendering. I wanted to find something to further characterize my concert photos and with this lens I succeeded. The first time I saw it I thought it was from another era.
What are the features you appreciate most about this lens? And what advice would you give to someone using it for the first time?
I love that soft focus it gives back, it gives a kind of imperfection that makes everything more real, authentic. The first approach was not the easiest, I must admit, both for the manual focusing and the management of the aperture. What I can recommend is: first of all to use it often, especially at the beginning, and think differently, without trying to distort it in post-production. I also love shooting at full aperture without the use of plates.
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