Photography - IED Alumni Interview: Vito Fusco
The photographer, who attended the IED Master in Photography, won the Sony World Photography 2021. Read his interview!
INTRODUCE YOURSELF: the IED School you attended, the year and the Course you graduated in.
I am Vito Fusco, I was born and raised in Positano on the Amalfi coast, where for over ten years I have been involved in photography in the agency of which I am a partner: Arkimedia Lab. Advanced Photography Training, directed by Silvia Lelli. At the interviews we were 400 for 20 positions available that year.
YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on.
My working life as a photographer is a medal with two distinct but connected faces. During the whole year I mainly carry out commercial work in the field of tourism (interior and food photography) and fashion, both along the Amalfi coast but also in the rest of our peninsula. At the same time I never stop observing the world around me, trying to find stories to "investigate" and to share, filtering them through my eyes. About the next story. I would like to realize a work on the cloister or on prisons. Why? Because like all my projects, I try to investigate things, feelings of which I do not know or can understand the feelings. I can't even imagine what it's like to be locked in a room for years, or a lifetime.
CREATIVITY: IED means creativity, culture, projects and planning. Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
Before being a student of the IED, I appreciated its transversality, its eclecticism and its sparkle. By attending it I also saw the ability to prepare students for the real world, aiming to train both intellectually and practically the participants. Milan is also the creative-commercial capital of Italy. And the center from which you can decide which direction to take. From the point of view of my career, the IED has opened up a world of knowledge, seminars, opportunities to meet people in the sector that otherwise I could not have reached. Getting advice on how to edit a photographic work from who is the photo editor for a photography or fashion magazine means learning directly from the client what he wants.
IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose the city you went to and what role it played in your student and future life.
I attended the IED in Milan, in via Sciesa. On the evening of the interview, while I was returning by train to Naples, I did a small work on street dancers in Piazza Gae Aulenti, near the station (you can see the work published on Il fotografo, “Street dancers”). The place you frequent, the people, the situations that are created are themselves part of the training course.
Scene quotidiane di un Viaggio Interiore
MEMORIES: let us know of a particular episode during your studies in IED, that you remember fondly and is a moving or funny experience.
I was lucky enough to be part of an exceptional, very cohesive group of photographers. Even today we are in business and pleasure contact. For the duration of the course we shared study, dinners and with some even the bed in which we slept. The funniest story among a thousand episodes is certainly that of the "paramecium" which also gave its name to our whatsapp group which is still very active. During a lesson of Prof. Saverio Lombardi Vallauri, he defined us as "paramecia", "simple" organisms that, according to him, can only perform propulsion and rotation movements, like us with the photographic camera. He kept telling us that he would finally evolve us into beings who don't take pictures by trial and error until we got a good result.
CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we're living affected your professional life?
I was lucky enough to be part of an exceptional, very cohesive group of photographers. Even today we are in business and pleasure contact. For the duration of the course we shared study, dinners and with some even the bed in which we slept. The world pandemic was certainly an epochal event, and as such it is difficult to fully understand the change, but documenting what you can grasp dignifies putting a firm point on today and then allowing future generations to better understand, with data and photos what happened, what changes happened and why.
The Killing Daisy
ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
I have no recommendations other than to intelligently follow one's passions and inclinations, constantly working on oneself.
MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work.
My website: www.vitofusco.com
My Instagram for reportage @vitofusco for commercail works @vitofuscostudio.
My book: “Stonewall The Temple”.
Another shot from The Killing Daisy
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: what was the activity that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your thesis project?
Having teachers who were also professions in their field, and the incredible group that formed during the course. My thesis was a great success for me in conceptual terms. I arrived at the Advanced Photography course with a few years of professional experience behind me. This was also a big question mark for the teachers, Silvia Lelli in the first place. I put aside all what I knew and this was also seen in the thesis.