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Interview with Giovanni Lipari

This past weekend, unhealthy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 became the first in the series to cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Time to fucking celebrate hard, those residual checks are going to be nice and fat this year, you lucky jerks.


Giovanni’s Death Of Youth series really struck a chord with us, advice we think most men entering their adulthood can easily relate to this project. His vision and purpose of the series hits it right on the head perfectly; stylistically, diagnosis thematically, and emotionally. Do yourself a favor check out the photos and read his Death Of Youth statement. We had a moment to pick his brain over a few emails, here is what came of it.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and about your photo background?
Giovanni Lipari, Age 30. I’m Italian, unmarried, and a self-taught photographer.  I had a little photography training in school, but nothing past the basics that one would learn in secondary school. Light surrounds us and I’m constantly observing and studying it.

Is being a photographer your full time gig?
I am not a photographer professionally, I have been paid for it in the past.

Have you had your big break? If not do you think it’ll come? If so how did it feel?
I don’t know if such an event is possible.  Most people that are successful have worked long and hard for their accomplishments, which makes the “break” less of a singular experience, and more of just a part of life.  But I hope to have a “break” someday….. that would be wonderful.

You have fullfilled a fantasy that most men can only dream of. Do you feel like you are satisified with living “the dream” of the rock star photograhper?
Yes and No, The fact that I could fabricate “the dream” makes it impossible to fulfill.   But there is a sense of accomplishment that was created during the process of shooting this project.

Do you plan on continuing this dream?
Absolutely not.  It was exhausting, annoying, and expensive.  I’m happily looking forward to my next project…. which will have nothing to do with naked women.

Was there a specific photo, or photographer that inspired this want and desire to take initimate photos of women?
I feel my photography reflects the work of others, William Eggleston, Sante D’Orizo, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon and Araki.  But no image/images inspired me to create this project…. It was the context of a photographer, and the desire to push against what I’ve seen.

Did you decide one day, eff it, im almost 30, lets do this shit? Or was it a long methodically planned out process?
It started out as a very personal project that was only meant only for me, it developed into “the death of youth” after shooting with Rachel. I was testing a new camera and film stock and the images I got were so amazing that I decided to turn this into a actual photo project with the intention of it being shared with others through print.  I shot over an 18 month period and was very planned out.

Do you give your models the whole back story and intentions of your Death of Youth series? Or do you just shoot them and tell them to get in some poses?
I discuss the project with the model before each shoot.  For the most part I don’t even give much direction after that, mostly just encouragement.

How long did it take you to shoot 100 models?
18 months off and on.

What was the worst/best moment you had during the whole process?
Some of the models really made it hard on me when they would cancel after I already booked a hotel room for the shoot.  But every shoot had a moment that was amazing, when you get that perfect shot.

Do your family and friends know about this project? Are they into it ?
Yes they know, and no not really.

Do you have any advice to 30 year old and or younger wanna be photographers who want to live the life of a photographer shooting girls?
I’m the wanna be, so it would be ridiculous for me to advise anyone, but if you want to do something, I would just do it….

Do you have anything else you’d like everyone to know?
I just hope people enjoy the images

We’ll at the very least we love the series and I’m pretty sure others will too. Thanks Giovanni we look forward to seeing the rest of the series.

Find out more about Giovanni Lipari and the Death Of Youth below.


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