IP: Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
JB: I am a French street photographer. Not a professional, but passionate about the city of New York, I have always lived in Paris but I consider New York as my refuge.
IP: What is one of your favourite memories from the 80’s?
JB: Like most of the teenagers in 1990, I discovered the old school side of the 80's in front of my French TV watching MTV's American Hip Hop music videos (Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Notorious Big...) and the legendary Spike Lee movie 'Do the right Thing' in 1989. They will be marked eternally in my memory.
IP: How did you become interested in photography?
JB: I photographed at the age of 18 without asking questions, but in fact the work of Bruce Davidson that I discovered 6 years ago was a trigger, especially with his series' East 100 St 'and' Brooklyn Gang'
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IP: Where are you from? What place do you call home?
SAG: I was born in Nice, France. I live in London but go back to Nice whenever I can. London and Nice is just the perfect combo!
IP: When did you first pick up a camera? Did you study photography or are you self-taught?
SAG: My mother is an interior design journalist, as a teenager I would often come with her on trips to assist photographers. I started messing around with cameras at around 16 I think . I have never studied but assisted a lot, for about 8 years.
IP: I notice a strong theme of bright colour and eclectic patterns in many of your images. How would you consider your photographic style?
SAG: I don't know if you could call it a style, but I’m definitely obsessed with funky interiors. I also love fake or staged images but with a natural feel to it, it creates a weirdness that I like, so maybe my style is funky or weird....
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Sicilian born photographer, Salvatore Di Gregorio, captures youth in London fashion week in his series I AM SPEAKS TO ME. We interviewed him to better understand his background in photography and how his artistic process unfolds.
IP: What was it like growing up in Sicily? What do you like about living in London and Berlin now?
SDG: I come from a small town in Sicily. I used to hate it when I was young but now I appreciate the freedom that only living in a small town can give you. London and Berlin are very different, and I try to get the best of the two worlds.
IP: How did you get interested in taking pictures?
SDG: After quitting my job in Rome and before moving to London to start my master’s degree I took some time off and I decided to travel to South East Asia for few months, just to recharge my batteries before kicking into a new adventure. I bought a small camera, I knew I was going to some unknown ...
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