About Me

I think that cameras (and maybe synthesizers) are the best "things" humans ever made. I had one in my hands since I remember myself and throughout the years, it's the thing that had almost always granted me a safe access to my subjects of interest and fascination. When graduating film school in 1999, it was cinematography and moving-image production that eventually became a profession. I've moved to Berlin in 2001 and while making this new adventures city my home, established myself as a freelanced cameraman, working mainly in the advertisement and documentary areas. 

Photography started to take a more central part of my creative work around 2008, mainly used as a very personal channel of expression. And even though I tried keeping it outside, or just on the verge of what we call "profession", it was 7 years after that I found myself living literally in my photo studio, while keeping my video work running alongside. 

"Human in the center" has been and still what it's mostly about. If there's one matter that I find most interesting in portraiture work is the very sensitive zone of our often complex relationship with ourselves. I have to honor the value of my work being a "service"; while giving my personal view on my subjects, it is very important for me that they will find (and preferably love themselves too) in the end-result. In a way it may simply be an expansion of the local neighborhood portrait studio that I'm doing; a safe space for my fellow subjects to be seen and perform themselves. 

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