May 24, 2016
Francesco is an Italian self-taught photographer who loves the singularity and unpredictability of Polaroids, creating unique images that are simple in composition but full of expressiveness. In Francesco’s work we can also identify a splendid use of that Mediterranean light which creates beautiful shadow-plays and that are attractively exploited by him.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please tell us where are you from and what do you do at the moment?
FS - I come from Lecce, a city located in Puglia, a region of southern Italy and currently I work full-time in photography.
am - How did you start in photography?
FS - I approached photography unknowingly: before turning to photography, I worked in a local television network, until one day, about 4 years ago, I took by chance a picture of a girl who was looking at the sea: I liked the result so much that I quit my job and since then I have not stopped to photograph.
am - What inspires your work?
FS - I think that basically is inspired by my constant melancholy, so 99% of the work is done.
am - What do you enjoy the most about Polaroids?
FS - I like that each photo is unique and the unpredictability of the film: I can commit myself to the maximum, but the end result will never be as I had imagined. I find this a very romantic factor.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
FS - I do not have a favorite photographer, because obviously I do like many photographers, but if I have to mention one in particular, I would say Aëla Labbé: When I started with photography, looking at her beautiful pictures I had the urge to continue with photography, even if my photos are completely different to hers. I would love to be as good as her.
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
FS - Simple, melancholic, intimate.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
FS - In those rare moments when not taking pictures, I watch a lot of movies, I read comics and sometimes play video games: I have a geeky side as a child, that has never gone away.
am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?
FS - My Sx-70 Polaroid, the natural light of my land, the red wine, the loneliness and my music playlists.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
FS - Japan, absolutely, without a doubt.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
FS - The Flaming Lips.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
FS - “Blue Velvet” by David Lynch.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
FS - I’m reading the second novel written by a friend of mine, Osvaldo Piliego: the title of the book is "La cittá verticale” (“The vertical city”).
am - Gin, vodka or tequila?
FS - Vodka. Vodka mint flavor, to be precise.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
FS - Not right now, but soon I’d like to do a project that satirizes holiday photos taken with little care: I can not say any more.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Francesco Sambati
Francesco's work was featured on our Second Printed Issue published in 2016
that you can purchase here.