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Meet Lorenzo Di Nozzi: I am a stage photographer. I live between Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, where I work as official photographer of the Theatre Palau de la Musica Catalana. I am also the official photographer of the Barcelona Gospel Festival and the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival of Barcelona.
Gear: Nikon D700;
Lenses: 70-200 f2.8 VRII; 85 f.18; 50 f1.4
Teachers and/or influences? I was lucky...I studied with Fernando Marcos y Luciano Romano
I knew I wanted to be a photographer when... I bought my first Nikon FM2.
Your approach to photography: as everyone: first a hobby, then a passion...and, finally, a job.
Your teaching approach/philosophy: I follow one of my teacher's words: try to shoot what has not been born to be shot.
Your biggest challenge when shooting indoor (or low lighted) events: As all the stage photographers, low light with people in motion.
Your biggest challenge when shooting outdoor events: Try to exclude unwanted things in the frame.
Favorite venue to shoot: Danceespecially flamenco and contemporary dance
Favorite festival to shoot: Voll-Damm Jazz Festival of Barcelona.
Where was your first assignment location? When I started I was shooting for free, trying to sell the pictures at the dancers, after the show. When I sold the first one, a tango show, a said to myself: "I can do something that people like!"
Your favorite musician(s) to photograph: Soweto Gospel Choir (one the first concerts I ever shot).
Did you know... I still use my Nikon FM2 sometimes.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.