15 Minute Quiz - With Michele Turriani

 Give us a 60 second biog: 

Italian born, I trained as art director and graphic designer.

Having worked as a painter assisting artists in Germany, Belgium and Japan I moved to London in the early nineties and established myself as a photographer.


Describe your work

My work is a dialogue with image makers I admire. Most of them are half a millennium dead.

 

Where do you work?

I work in my London studio onboard Light Vessel 93, a converted former Trinity House lighthouse ship.

 

What is your inspiration?

History of art and the everyday.

 

What do you do to relax?

Forest or coastal walks with my wife and daughter.

 

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

An architect.

 

Do you have a favourite piece of work?

It’s usually the one I’m working on at the time.

 

What is your favourite colour?

Any colour so long as it’s a shade of black.

 

What are you working on today?

I’m buying flowers at New Covent Garden for my next project and meeting my master printer and framers.

 

What is your earliest memory?

I was two years old and getting dressed to go to a photographic studio to have a family portrait taken. I put up quite a fight.

I was feeling uncomfortable but didn’t know why, so I blamed it on not liking what I was made to wear, even though I loved the outfit.

 

What is your most treasured possession?

I have collected and used some rather exoterical cameras and camera lenses over the years.

 

What are your best and worst qualities?

Being passionate and intense, and being passionate and intense.

 

Which artists do you admire?

Caravaggio, Paolo Uccello, Fra’ Angelico, Giotto.

 

Tell us a joke

Jokes are not my forte. I did a quick google search for photography jokes, but I couldn’t find anything worth sharing.

 

You have sixty seconds to make a picture of your favourite animal, any medium, go…

Done.