The idea behind an image — Francesco Cito
“Eureka!” Archimedes exclaimed, when he found the solution to his thought. When we admire a masterpiece of Michelangelo, it’s hard to imagine the whole studio, the sketches, and drawings executed before the brushes have traced the shapes on the walls. In our super-technological times, we have stopped thinking, relying on the means we use and on good luck, returning to the old concept, dear to certain directors of newspapers, that it is the camera that takes good photos.
Alas, unfortunately it is not, unless we have transmitted our idea to it first. The thought we want to express implies an enormous responsibility; through photographs we pass judgments. Despite what most people believe, photographs do not happen by chance, much less thanks to a super camera. A good photo arises in the head first, even when it is completely random and sudden, for example when shooting a reportage, as one may not always be aware of what might appear turning the corner. But it is also true that a reportage, a photographic history to tell, must to be prepared before and then almost never a photograph is by chance. Our mental preparation puts us in a position to see what appears before us. Some might call it instinct, but without a good idea supporting it, no concept would have any development.
Does it look easy?
Francesco Cito was born in Neaples in 1949, and currently lives in Milan. In 1972 he went to London to pursue his career as a professiona photographer, and after a year working for a music magazine, he became a free lance in 1975 and started collaborating with Sunday Times. Through his career ha covered conflicts all over the world: Afghanistan in 1980; the civil war in Lebanon in 1983; in 1984 he went to Palestine to document life conditions in West Bank and in Gaza. In 2002 ha was one of the few who could get in the refugee camp of Jenin during the siege and in Bethlehem. In 1989 he went to Afghanistan to document the Soviet withdrawal and went back in the same area in 1998. In 1990 ha was in Saudi Arabia after Iraq invaded Kuwait. In Italia ha focused his attention on mafia and camorra, as well on social events such the Palio in Siena. In the last years his attention has been drawn to Sardinia. His works have been published on: Epoca, l’Europeo, Illustrazione Italiana, Oggi, Gente, Panorama, L’Espresso, Il Venerdì di Repubblica, Sette-Corriere della Sera, D donna, io Donna, Stern, Frankfurten Allegmain Mag, Die Zeit magazine, Sunday Times magazine, The Obrsever magazine, The Indipendent magazine, Paris Match, Figaro magazine, Life.