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In this FotoTV interview Fine Art photographer Umberto Stefanelli discusses his career and also shares some techniques from a project of his. an homage of the late Pope John Paul II and youth around the world.
Stefanelli began his career as a photographer in London and New York. In New York he tried doing fashion photography for a while but the market in New York was so tough that he could not sustain himself as an artist so he went looking for a job. The job he ended up finding was at an art gallery as a curator’s assistant. It was at this point in Stefanelli’s life when he realized his passion for fine art photography. At the gallery his first exhibition was a retrospective of some of the great photographers, including Ansel Adams and soon after Stefanelli called himself a fine art photographer.
Stefanelli describes fine art photography as emotions and passion, “either you have it or you don't”. He further says it does not matter what medium the photo was created, film or digital, but the photo has to have a quality of likeability.
Stefanelli goes on to talk about his project, an homage to the late Pope John Paul II, "not to religion" as he points out, but an a homage to the Pope and all the youths that he touched when he traveled around the world. Stefanelli also shares stories about his move to Japan, which was difficult at first.