Artist of the Week: Maurizio Di Iorio
Name: Maurizio Di Iorio
Occupation: full-time photographer.
Where you were born: Chieti, a little town in Central Italy.
Where you live now: still in Italy, but all my work relationships are abroad. A move is very probable.
What are you currently working on?
Commercial commissions are increasing and so for the moment I have to suspend my personal works. In these last few days I’ve been working on a fashion shoot for a French magazine.
What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?
I would have to make a very long list. But, to stay in my field, still too much traditional photography on magazines. The public now is looking for something else, it’s enough looking at social networks to see that.
What’s your earliest memory or experience of art?
Everything started with music; when I was 13 I discovered David Bowie and since then my way to perceive things has changed.
What do you consider a fashion faux-pas?
A man wearing white socks. Nothing is worse, not even a toothpick while you’re still sitting at the table. And also mixing different animal prints.
Where do you find your inspiration/influences?
Often this question gets answered in a highfalutin’ way, with a list of cultured references. I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me: human beings and also objects, those of daily use that are the protagonists of my photographs.
What are you obsessed with right now?
A novel: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s a fascinating tale about the boundaries between truth and lies, one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in years. It will be remain on my bedside table for a good while.
How would you describe your work in 9 words?
Apparently simple and colorful, but still hiding a threat.
If you were another person, place or thing, what/who would it be?
I unabashedly admire about ten people but I never make this kind of projections. If I really had to choose, I’d say a writer: Bret Easton Ellis when he wrote Less Than Zero.
What is your Wild Wish?
If I tell you, you’d have to censor me.