Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari


It's super cool to be able to put names to work that seems to cross my eyes on a daily basis. The further and further I dive into this whole photography thing, the more it makes sense to me what sets a working professional apart from your average photographer.

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari are a case of 2 heads are better than 1. Maurizio being an artist and Pierpaolo, the photographer push boundaries and creativity in almost all of the work they do. More recently some of their most recognizable work to the layman would be the okcupid ads plastered all over the subways of NYC. Seeing them for the first time was a trip for me. A mix of sexuality and humor, each more groundbreaking than the last there is like 20 different witty ways they approached phrasing sexual idioms.


Most of their work seems relatively even lit, 1:1 or 2:1. I'm assuming this is because they light a lot of their work on green/blue screens and it is easier in editing if they're evenly lit. This could also be accomplished by individually lighting the background and then lighting their subjects with a separate setup, so their 2:1 look could be their artistic choice.


I think the coolest part of their work is you can see their personal style throughout everything they release and it's a modern form of the greats in the space having companies and publications conforming to their desires and allowing them to create what they want. Instead of shooting cookie cutter "content" to sell products or promote people.


Each of their photos are more vibrant than the last. Very evident that their images are all digital. I'm very interested in seeing what their set looks like and a lighting diagram for one of their larger scale shoots.



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