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Giorgio Bisetti (Italy)
I got my first camera when I was 17, on October 5th, 1964 (I asked for it as a birthday present). I started walking around town straight away to find things to photograph, and I spent a fortune on films which I soon began to develop and print myself. I spent entire days locked away in my room, which I’d set up with lots of red lights outside the door. So my education was the street outside and a great longing to do just this. After a couple of years, I began sending my prints to the photo magazines which I had started to subscribe to long before I got my first little camera. Well, they published them, and with my name under lots of captions I also began to win competitions and awards. 
Time passed and I grew up. Another thing I really liked was advertising, and I applied to join one of the large international agencies in Milan. They took me on, and soon my work began to take up more and more of my time. Photography was still important, but I didn’t have the time for it that I had in the past. Then I got married and had a son and my commitments increased; and finally a burglar broke into my house and took all my equipment, which now consisted of an Olympus OM10 with lots of lenses. In 2005, I made a completely fresh start with digital photography and that new type of dark-room known as Photoshop. It shaped the way I worked and I learnt to “clean up” graphical images in a search for simplicity. I developed a fantastic view of reality, a new form of interpretation. I looked for original angles from which to observe and record this new view of reality and I discovered a whole new language of communication. 
These were new areas of research for me, which emphasised the role of fantasy and imagination in my work. From these experiments there emerged a series of images with a strong focus on composition and detail. The photos suggest, and also stem from, states of mind which are sometimes very clear and sometimes more uncertain, but which are always related to a personal interpretation of particular settings and the presence of the human form. 


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