showcase magazine Feb 2013italy issue 392
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase Italy, brought to you by Production Paradise. We highlight the very best of the Italian visual media industry and, as usual, more information can be found in our dedicated Photo and Film directories for Milan, Rome and other important production cities around Italy.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Milan Women's Fashion Week, 20th - 26th February.
- Photoshow Milan, 22nd - 25th March 2013, Italy's leading trade event everything related to photography.
- Milan Design Week, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 9th - 14th April, Top Design event in Milan.
- Steve Mccurry exhibition, until 24th February in Genoa.
- Guy Bourdin exhibition, until 10th March in Florence.
- A Century Of Photography at Condè Nast Archive, until 7th April in Milan.
Our cover image was shot by Stefano Moro Van Wyk.
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1806 - LIVELLO6 Milan Photo, 3D CGI and Illustrators' Agents
1806 and Livello6 are the two units of a representation agency operating in the advertising industry, born from a group of professionals with over 20 years of experience in the field. The agency manages the finest talents in the areas of photography, retouching, post production and 3D-CGI.
1806 is the first agency in the world to manage digital artists specialised in 3D-CGI. The roster includes leading artists Illusion Studio, Carioca Studio, Salamagica, Serial Cut, Artout Lab and Alessandro Bavari.
Livello6 manages photographers specialised in advertising, food, still life and lifestyle photography, including Jason Hindley, Tony D’Orio, Gary Salter, Andrea Melcangi, Paolo Cecchin, Giacomo Biagi, Luisa Valieri, Stefan Kirchner and Cora Buttenbender.
Aura Photo Agency Milan photo agents
Aura Photo Agency was founded in Milan in 1996 as an international photographers' representative and production company. Today it is one of the leading agencies in Italy, representing more than 30 of the most interesting international photographers shooting fashion, beauty, still life, food, interiors, lifestyle, celebrities and portraiture, as well as the best artists, illustrators and stylists.
A strong reputation earned from more than 17 years' experience in the field means Aura's artists are in constant demand. The company is widely appreciated internationally, offering great photographic quality at human prices along with 360° assistance on every kind of editorial or advertising production in Italy, Europe and worldwide.
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Allucinazione Rome commercials production
Allucinazione is where photography, commercials and studio shoots happen in central Rome. The company provides complete production services, including equipment rental, assistants and digitec, location scouting and casting services for clients from Italy or abroad. Allucinazione is an international all English and Italian speaking staff.
The studio is divided into different working spaces, including a production area, a 10x7x3,7m limbo, a make-up and dressing room and a central garden that leads to the post production room. The entire studio has Wi-Fi Internet.
Clients Include Edison, Bulgari, Honda Motors Europe, Telecom Italia, Telethon, Poste Italiane, Lottomatica, RCS and Condé Nast.
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Shoot in the Alps Milan location service and scouts
Shoot in The Alps is a film and photo facilitating company operating in the European Alps. With the region straddling five national borders the company works between France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia as if they were a single geographic entity.
The company's database includes year-round snow locations, mountain chalets, modern architecture, extreme sports locations, magical forests and breathless scenery that it can make accessible to any crew.
Providing solutions to every possible logistical need for film and photo productions, Shoot in the Alps handles everything from location scouting, specialised crews, stunt people, mountain safety experts and helicopters, to warm cups of espresso at the top of a glacier. Its strength lies in detailed knowledge of the alpine territory provided by a network of professionals who live and work in the region throughout the year.
The company's connections and expert knowledge allows clients to make the right decisions when planning, choosing locations and the equipment required.
SARDINIA PRODUCTION SERVICE Olbia, Sardinia location service and scouts
Sardinia Production Service is based in northern Sardinia from where it provides a full range of solutions for companies looking to shoot on the island, including location scouting, casting and permits.
The company is made up of a team of experienced and professional locals whose depth of knowledge and direct contact with authorities guarantees rapid permits and overall production success.
Working in both the north and south, Sardinia Production Service can offer unique, exclusive locations including modern villas, amazing landscapes, old mining areas, hidden roads, dunes, beaches, and lots more.
Recent work includes advertising campaigns for Audi, Twin Set and The Discovery Channel, among others.
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At Lupetta 5 & BelowTheLine Milan photo production
Lupetta 5 & BelowTheLine is a full production service company and one of the most prestigious location agencies in Italy.
Lupetta 5 staff support clients and production companies in any production request for films, commercials, photo shoots, videos, documentaries and events.
The company's photographic location archive is one of the largest in Europe and can offer a wide choice of spectacular locations in Italy and across the continent, as well as immediate feedback on availability.
Don't hesitate to contact the office to discuss projects and ideas.
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Stefano Cattelan Milan advertising photographers
Stefano Cattelan's powerful photography demonstrates great attention to detail. Applying his personal experience, knowledge and skills he creates intense images, and his ability to think conceptually and offer visual solutions is an asset for every client.
Based in Turin, Stefano is involved in every step of the photo production process, from concept to casting through to digital post production. His award-winning work has included images of the Official Programme Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006, which received the ‘Best Events Award’ won by K-Events and Filmaster Group. He also shot images of the Official Programme Opening Ceremony of the European Taekwondo Championship in Rome in 2008.
His work has been published in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Style Montecarlo, Elle, Marie Claire, JM, Men's Health and Sportweek. He has also contributed to a number of charitable causes, including the LILA Night for Aids in Montecarlo and the TV and press campaign for S.O.S. Italia.
Clients include Red Bull, Lotus Cars, Barilla, Arena, Boombogie, Asics, Dainese, Reebok, Fila, Le Coq Sportive, Mares, Biesse, Ferrero, Alfredo Pria, Love & Pride Jewellery, Nikon, Liberti, Maison de la France, Corsica Tourism Office, and many others.
Max & Douglas Milan Portrait & Celebrities Photographers
Max & Douglas have worked together since 1998, the year they finished the IED in Milan. Thanks to an original and well-defined style, they immediatly started working in advertising for clients such as Sony, Invicta, Telecom Italia, Philips, Adidas, Belfe and Mitsubishi.
In 2000 the pair began a partnership with Grazia Neri Photo Agency, shooting for leading magazines such as Max, Sportweek, L’Equipe, GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Raiders, FHM and Wired.
In 2002 they hosted their first personal exhibition 'MTV Stills' - portraits of every vee-jay on music television. Another exhibition followed in 2006 at the Hilton Hotel in Milan entitled 'Sports' - featuring a huge collection of men and women in sport.
They currently live and work in Milan under the auspices of Contour (Getty Images), travelling around Europe and Asia for leading magazines and advertising agencies.
Nancy Fina Milan Fashion & Beauty Photographers
Born in the USA but raised abroad, Nancy Fina is all about people and colour, visual esthetics, storytelling, beauty and joy of life.
Nancy works in Milan, NYC and around the world creating glamour images, international advertising campaigns, catalogues, beauty, and editorials.
She has the rare combination of personal style and deep understanding of the message to be delivered. Her work is both fresh and studied, sophisticated and full of humour. Nancy's varied clients include Coin, Ferrero, GQ, Pupa, Morellato, Proctor&Gamble, Leo Burnett, Blanx, Wella, L'Oréal, Marco Bicego, Vicenza Oro, Cinzano, Peugeot, Whirpool, and many many more.
Her outgoing personality and positive energy have brought many invitations to appear on TV shows, as a motivational speaker, in photo exibits, conferences and workshops.
Filippo Fortis Milan fashion photographers
Filippo Fortis, born in Milan, began as an architecture photographer whilst at university in the early 90s. Later on he co-founded Gorunway.com, a leading agency specialised in backstage and runway photos of fashion shows. He went on to travel around Africa before turning to editorial, advertising, fashion and beauty photography. Filippo now lives between Milan, London and Sao Paulo, still pursuing his passion for travelling.
For over 20 years Filippo also shot portraits of a large number of fashion designers and architects for some of the most important publications in both fields.
His client list includes Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Mac Cosmetics, Dolce & Gabbana, L'Oréal, GHD, Elizabeth Arden, Mariella Burani, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Yamamay, Ungaro and Binda Group, among many others.
Beppe Buttinoni Milan lingerie & swimwear photographers
Beppe Buttinoni is an established photographer specialised in swimwear and lingerie images. From his studio in Italy, Beppe’s knowledge, ability and passion for lighting in studio or on location enables him to work with both daylight and artificial light to create the exact image demanded by a brief. His relaxed and easy-going nature endears him to all clients.
Beppe remains available for exciting new projects. Visit his website to see more of his work.
Stefano Guindani Milan advertising photographers
Stefano Guindani is a celebrity photographer and international fashion photo-journalist with an enormous passion for urban and social reportage.
In 1998, he founded his own agency, SGP Stefano Guindani Photo, a young collaboration ranging from editorial services to covering events for internationally renowned fashion houses.
Among his most important clients are Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Bulgari, Valentino, Diesel, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Mini, BMW, Salvatore Ferragamo and Max Mara.
Ivan Basso Milan CGI/ 3D photographers
Ivan Basso is a 3D photographer based in Milan. In 1997, he began work as a CGI artist and 3D animator, collaborating with leading creative agencies and post production crews. Over the years he has contributed his creative passion and great attention to detail to many successful projects.
As a virtual automotive photographer he has created images for use in catalogues, press conferences and ADV campaigns for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Iveco and Maserati, providing a complete high-end service from CAD data acquisition to final digital retouching.
Valentina Socci Milan advertising photographers
Valentina Socci is an advertising photographer specialising in interiors, still life and fashion portraiture. She is based between Milan and Los Angeles, where she runs her own studio.
Valentina began her career assisting some of the world’s leading photographers in Milan and New York. She loves working in a team and has an excellent ability to understand and respond to the needs of her clients.
She has worked for major Italian companies including North Sails, Malo Cachemire, Mastro Raphael and Astra Make-Up.
Visit her website for more images.
Mariacristina Vimercati Milan advertising photographers
Milan-based freelance photographer Mariacristina Vimercati specialises in portraits, fashion (men and kids), reportage and advertising photography.
Recent projects include Sportweek Magazine 2011, 70/70 Horovitz NYC, Offucina Eclectic Arts 2011, Uno Stradivari per la Gente - Villa Gnecchi Ruscone 2011, Domus Magazine, Inter Abbonamenti season tickets, Verve International Review, Lavazza Espression, Décor Living Magazine, Geox Respira global campaign.
Clients and publications include Lavazza, Geox Respira, Ferrero, Inter Abbonamenti, Max Mara, Myself (Condè Nast), Elle Italia, Casa Vogue, Uomo Vogue, UOMO (ed. Futura), DDN Design International, GB Progetti (ed.Progetti), Verve Magazine, Io Donna (Rizzoli), Max (Rizzoli), Capital (Rizzoli), and Sportweek (Rizzoli).
Ilva Beretta Milan food & drink photographers
Ilva Beretta is a Swedish freelance photographer based in Tuscany. She specialises in food and still life photography with a predilection for shooting in daylight.
Ilva shoots both commercial and editorial photography and has worked with clients including Esselunga, Four Seasons Hotels, Domain Wines, QA International, Sale & Pepe, Alice Cucuina, Myself/Condé Nast and D-La Repubblica delle Donne. She works on location and in her own studio.
Ilva is represented by DVmilano photography.
Visit her website for more information.
Daniele Fiore Rome advertising photographers
Daniele Fiore was born in Rome in 1963 where he still lives today. For over 20 years he has been working for major advertising agencies in Italy, Europe and around the world.
Daniele has photographed for many major brands in a range of different market sectors, but his main focus remains automotive photography. His pictures stand out thanks to his ability to interpret and mediate the latest trends within the advertising industry.
When required, Daniele personally takes care of post production for his images. He has a personal rig for running shots as well as a ciclorama studio (OutsideStudio) equipped with everything required for top-class car shoots. He can arrange entire car productions in Rome, throughout Italy, or anywhere around Europe through a close group of professional contacts.
Sakis Lalas Photography Milan celebrity photographers
Sakis Lalas was born in Greece and has lived and worked in Milan since 1998. He specialises in portrait and interior photography and over the years has shot some of the most famous stars of the movie world and fashion industry, as well as many top businessmen.
This past year he produced portraits of Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti, Roberto Cavalli, the Ferragamo family, the Zegna family, Luciano Benetton, Dean and Dan Caten (the twin designers of D-Squared), Kean Etro, Angela Missoni, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Matthew Williamson, Roberto Bolle, Joaquin Cortes, Umberta Beretta, Lapo Elkann, the Thunder boxing team of Dolce&Gabbana, and many others.
His photos are published in many top international magazines, including W and WWD (Condé Nast) in the USA, Style (Corriere Della Sera magazine), ioDonna, GIOIA and GENTE in Italy, Marie Claire Taiwan, Vogue Greece, and Business Punk, Stern and Financial Times Deutchland in Germany.
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Silvia Gerzeli Florence hair and make up artists
Silvia Gerzeli is a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist. Based in Florence, she works throughout Italy for commercial and editorial photography jobs and also contributes to music and fashion videos.
Silvia has taught at the MKC Beauty Academy in Rome for a number of years and collaborates with CreaFx to create special effects. Every summer she takes part in the World Body Painting Festival in Austria to improve her bodypainting skills.
Extremely careful and precise, Silvia absolutely loves her job and has a passion for all the different facets and genres it involves.
Valeria Orlando Rome hair and make up artists
Valeria Orlando has been working for 20 years, collaborating with leading photographers including Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Johan Rench, Eolo Perfido, Andrea Massari, Nikolay Biryukov, Stefania Paparelli, Benedikt Renc and Andeer Brogard.
She has lived in Milan, Rio, and London while maintaining Rome as her home, and her work has been published in a range of notable fashion magazines. Valeria's work ranges from make-up and hair for fashion shows, editorials, advertising, beauty and catwalk events to make-up styling for celebrities including Donatella Versace and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Valeria is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and approaches her work with honesty and passion. She is continually updating and learning new techniques to further her knowledge in the industry.
Valeria is internationally represented by Spectacular Studios (Sweden) and Beleza (Rio). In Italy she works with GreenApple, Atomo Management, Sudest 51 and SieProduction.
Valeria will soon launch her own make-up line V) Or, available from her website. Since September 2012, she has been represented in the USA by Current Studio.