“Never be afraid of the shadow; it is there to mean that nearby, somewhere, there is a light that illuminates.” In this phrase by the American poet Ruth E. Renkel, I find my inspiration. My personal research on mystery, the fascination of things, distant history starts from this inspiration. Black and white first of all, allows me an intuitive, intimate and profound reading of a story. I carry out every print in my studio, where the experimentation of mixed printing techniques between ancient and modern become an essential part of my research.
Stefano Paradiso is a photographer and cinematographer born in Rome. Graduated from the School of Cinematography and Photography R.Rossellini in 1988, he works as a Director of photography and camera operator in cinema and advertising; for television, he has also made documentaries and reportages in the various countries of the world. Lover and scholar of wide-ranging photography, he is inspired by street and landscape photography, Japanese pictorial art (Nihonga), impressionism, and obviously from le cinéma d’auteur. He combines his work in the movie business, between France and Italy, with his photographic research. He developed his darkroom technique, working on creating large negatives and contact prints on various papers, including Japanese Washi. He owns a Leica Monochrome, a Leica M Typ 240 and a Leica M6 with vintage Summicron lenses, from which he never separates.