Night Clubs - Interview to Gaetano Musto

How and when did you first take up photography?
«I did not take it up on purpose. I have always used photography and other visual means of expression to communicate something. The real call, forme, was my discovering of Diane Arbus’s work. I have plenty of books about her and I know all of her photographs. One day, I would like to be able to convey sorrow and joy through my photographs».

Can you tell us something about the photos that are now in our collection?
«The pictures selected by Alidem are part of a project on night clubs in Turin. I have been working on it for two years. Thanks to a friend who is originally from Turin, I managed to get an insight on the lives of several regular clients of these night clubs: girls, bartenders, bouncers, DJs, driversand cleaners. My aim was to capture the double identity of these people, their day-face (following the rules) and their night-face (indulging in bad habits).I did not capture the girls’ bodies, but their moments of rest. I tried to throw a bright and colourful light on this whole environment, which is traditionally associated with darkness».

 What does photography mean to you?
«It means taking a break, building up all the energy you’ve got and then let it all out. Photography is not just a camera; it is rather what a camera leaves to us; the photographer’s call is to tell people about the negative and positive sides of life. Photography is about passing the baton, like in a relay race».

What is your technique?
«My mood of the moment is my only technique. When I try to rebalance my mind, I take my analog camera with me. When I feel like doing something like still life photography or a photo reportage, I take my digital camera. I like contrasts, I feel the same about food…»

Are you inspired by any photographer or artist, either from the pastor the present?
«I love the past and I think it is impossible to learn with outlooking at what came before us, but I also believe that history should not be used as a means to stand out from the others. It is more something we need to meditate on. My list of favourite artists is very long, but some of my model sare: Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams,Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier Bresson, Mario Giacomelli and – above all -Sebastião Salgado».

What are you working on now? What about your future plans?
«Right now, I am working on a couple of digital projects and on an analog one. But I would prefer not to say anything about the latter, because sometimes I get so lazy that I am afraid too many words could undermine the concreteness of my project».