In my opinion, it is important for creatives to experience and examine the work and art that has come before us. Everyone has work or photographers they aspire to, but who inspired them? The process and experience of unraveling this trail can lead to rapid artistic growth in my opinion, and the best part is coming across a photographer you never knew existed.
Gina Lollobrigida, born in 1927, was an Italian model, successful actress in the 50s and 60s, and became a talented photojournalist in the 70s. Lollobrigida even photographed quite a few notable figures and celebrities, including gaining access and an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.
In this video, Tatiana Hooper takes a look at Lollobrigida's photo books, as there doesn't seem to be a lot of her work available to view online. This is a shame, and I will definitely be adding her book, Italia Mia, to my list of photography books to buy. A lot of the work featured in the video concentrates on her everyday life in Italy, showing an impressive eye for composition. I really hope someone does a retrospective on her work and her life in general, as I am now fascinated by both of her careers.
This is the fourth video in a series Hooper is doing on photographers from the silver screen. It is an interesting series and so far covers some unusual actors who you might not have realized were also photographers. So far, it includes Leonard Nimoy, Dennis Hopper, and Jeff Bridges. So, make sure to check out her other videos.