LUIGI CASSINELLI

Photographer



CRITERION ON PHOTOGRAPHY

I capture what LIGHT and SILVER generate, right in the moment I SEE. I do not fabricate images. I exhibit what I captured.

Nothing Virtual

No Retouching

No Digital Photos

No Film Recording

No Artificial Intelligence



UR-PHOTOGRAPHS

scan of original photograph of Leslie Masson looking at photographer Luigi Cassinelli in Paris

My work consists of original photographs. I name them ur-photographs because an ur-photograph is the unique physical record generated IN THE MOMENT I release my camera shutter. In that moment, three forces interact: the photons reflected by what I observe, the silver halide crystals layered in my film, and my decision to capture that moment in time. Such interaction instantly creates the latent image in the emulsion, later revealed to our eyes in the physical, final form usually called photographic negative (see image above, but other developers could show us the latent image as a direct positive). The ur-photograph is unique. It bears an existential adventure sealed by its own light, not by post-production.

All of my prints, whether photographic or computer assisted, are by-products of my ur-photographs. Prints and arrays of pixels help to display my photographic exploration. They are all executed to reproduce, as faithfully as possible, the content of my originals. I use electronic technology to present my work, not to generate it.



ON PRIVACY

Privacy matters to me. Privacy is a fundamental right cited in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this website, I exhibit a series of portfolios and samples of scans from my ur-photographs. The complete body of my work reveals moments of my life, and the lives of others, that I am not willing to upload to the Web. I am interested to meet collectors, gallerists, museum curators, publishers, art and creative directors who respect this choice and would like to see my printed work in person. My physical portfolios are for our eyes only.