Alessandro Vannucci can be described as the poster boy for humanity photography, an avid world traveler who claims he picked up his trade from mimicking photographers around him. He has gone on to capture thousands of human emotions, giving meaning to the phrase “a picture tells a thousand words”. Through uncovering the joys, despairs and warmth of Southeast Asia, Alessandro makes his photographs come to life.
Whilst some shots feel like stolen moments, most exude the sense that Alessandro has been welcomed into the very private, intimate spaces of his subjects.
“I always try a "soft" approach at the beginning. I keep my camera away and I try to create a good feeling between us. Then, when I think that the moment has arrived, I ask them if I can take some photos. I always try to respect who is in front of me.“
With his heavily journalistic approach, it is hard to not see the stories of each individual seeping through. His “Goodbye Eyes” series is a perfect example of this, with passengers on trains looking out, ready to begin their journey to wherever. The glare of each subject uncovers a million possible tales - all captured from the same angle, in that very moment when the train departs the station.
Alessandro has traveled far and often since ‘94, discovering the “miracle” of photography on a trip to the US. However, he only realized his true passion for the craft when in Niger: “The proverbial light went off in my head when I was following the Solar Eclipse of 2006. I was joining a group of other photographers, and I observed what they were doing, how they moved around the subject, the approach and so on...”
His love for travel fuels his creations, but it is also the eagerness to return home and begin post-production that drives him. And this may be an insight to his process: Alessandro often returns to places he has already been to, seeking new stories with different atmosphere and emotions.