Luca Bigazzi, born in 1958 in Milan, Italy, is a world-renowned director of photography who has worked on some of the most important Italian films over the last three decades including The Great Beauty, which was directed by Paolo Sorrentino and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.
He has won many prestigious accolades and is also behind the highly popular HBO television series, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law.
A CONVERSATION WITH LUCA
I believe that my professional history is particularly anomalous. I did not go to any cinema school or “rise through the ranks”. At 23, I had the great fortune of collaborating with director Silvio Soldini as his director of photography: my passion for cinema, the voracity with which we went to the cinema and our carefree approach that allowed us to do something unexpected within the classic cinematography panorama of the Roman school.
I am utterly convinced that Italy produces great films that present reality with an ability, one that is unparalleled on the European scene, to make the most out of often scarce resources. For example, Fuocoammare and Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi – documentaries that have enjoyed great acclaim at international festivals thanks to their power to interpret reality.
Cinema is the art of collective creation. Films are conceived and guided by directors, who sustain the risks, the strain and the responsibility first-hand, but films are also the fruit of a collaboration between a number of professionals who all participate in the creation. The complex phases of manufacturing of the tailoring industry reminded me of the creative processes in cinema. Each single personal contribution leads to a united result with passion, competence and dedication that is intrinsically connected to the idea of collective creation. The collaboration between individual expertise for a common goal is one of the most fascinating human activities.
Simplicity is the ability to interpret reality in a surprising way are, in my opinion, the defining characteristics of Italian cinema. Craftsmanship, originality and inventiveness are distinctive features of our history, of our artistic heritage. The underestimation of our culture and the superficiality with which cultural works are considered today in Italy are an offense to these abilities. I believe that working with pride, passion and respect is the only antidote, which, fortunately, our country is able to produce in order to save itself.