A Studio Visit with Photographer Renato D’Agostin
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I’m excited to share this series of photos I took of a friend and favorite photographer, Renato D’Agostin.
Renato is a huge inspiration to me. His work makes me see things differently – snippets and corners of a city, a human, a light, a bit of smoke … he photographs things that have been photographed many times before (Venice, Tokyo, city scenes, etc.) and yet he creates work that shows these subjects in a completely different way. This is not easy to do. Renato’s work is at once classical and very contemporary. He shoots black & white film and develops and prints all of his own photos in his darkroom. He meticulously creates and designs books of his projects that are stunningly beautiful and incredibly sophisticated. Watching his process in person was amazing.
Last year, when Monica from Sight Unseen was visiting my apartment for a feature, I pulled out Renato’s book “Tokyo Untitled” and showed it to her. She was understandably impressed and shortly thereafter, suggested that we capture Renato’s studio and work process for a Sight Unseen feature. I agreed and we spent some time hanging out in his studio, chatting and taking photos, drinking wine and eating pizza.
Many months later, the photos and story have now been posted on Sight Unseen – and in the meantime, Renato has moved studios and is getting set up in a beautiful new space in Brooklyn. I have taken photos at both locations.
See the feature on Sight Unseen to read more about Renato and his work. I’d also highly recommend owning at least one of Renato’s incredible books.
Hope you enjoy.