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Retro Kolkata Exclusive : An interview with B&W Photographer Joel Sanguinetti from France

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I try to have the light in the center of the photo, I never give an angle on the photo, the decor is always in front, and I always take the picture from the bottom up with the model in the center if possible.There are derogation on this point but never on these topics. This magnifies the subject and the light.

RK : Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us, We’re excited to have you. Let’s have a jump into the past. What first attracted you to photography?

Joël Sanguinetti :I have always loved photography. My grandfather gave me my first camera for my tenth birthday, which was not common at that time. A square format.We did not necessarily have the money to buy photo film and I remember spending hours taking pictures in a vacuum, just the pleasure of framing, composing. I think this exercise, repeated for years has been a beautiful learning.

Today, we consume the photo, their number is unlimited, we would be tempted to take pictures without thinking, without composing. In the past, a photo had to be reflected, we had only 12 or 24 photos in film. The result could only be visible 8 to 10 days later. It was not imaginable to miss or make a photo without interest. Hence this fictional learning ... At 14 years old with all my savings kept for a long time I bought myself a camera SLR and since I always have with me a machine to photograph. Almost 40 years ago .

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RK : How do you cultivate your vision?

Joël Sanguinetti :You have to look everywhere, always around you. Enjoy the Light, places. You must be in the right place, the light will come, you must not go for it, it’s a violence that removes all emotion.Of course, you have to choose the place, the time, the compositions and the subject .But it's only the emotion that makes the photo.The emotion comes to you, if you say to wait for it and see it.This is the longest learning ... I start to perceive .

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RK : What kind of photography do you mostly indulge yourself in? Why you prefer Black and White?

Joel Sanguinetti :I love cities, and beautiful places. But I like to add a character, rather than enhance the beauty and much of the emotion sought. I’m an Architect. By my training, I’ve a certain faculty to read the differences of light, of images on a subject.

I take pictures a bit like I would do a sketch of architecture in black and white and for me, the look is no longer dictated by the different colors that, of course, correspond to the aesthetics of the photo, and I love the color photos, but I see that the black and white leaves the place only to emotion.A black and white photo without emotion, without a story is a picture empty and sad .After our consciences, and thankfully, don’t react in the same way to emotions, and fortunately what is in their photos are not views as I see them .

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RK : What is photography for you – a passion or a profession?