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26.04.2020 Jack Picone

X-T4: "Photography in Motion" Jack Picone

Jack Picone

Jack Picone, nato a Moree, nel Nuovo Galles del Sud, è un fotogiornalista e fotografo documentarista noto a livello internazionale e operativo a Bangkok.
Picone si è occupato di otto guerre negli anni ’90, alcune volte ripetutamente, tra cui quelle in Armenia, Jugoslavia, Somalia, Ruanda, Palestina, Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, Angola e Asia centrale sovietica.
Si ritiene che Picone faccia parte della nuova ondata di fotografi australiani maturati negli anni ’90, un gruppo che non ha solo raccontato gli eventi quotidiani, ma anche le questioni sociali più profonde che questi implicavano. Ciò è risultato particolarmente chiaro dal recente impegno di Picone nel documentare la pandemia di HIV AIDS. Picone scatta le proprie fotografie adottando un approccio posato e non invadente nei confronti dei suoi soggetti, come si vede nel lavoro che ha svolto sui remoti Monti Nuba, in Sudan. Il suo costante lavoro di fotografia documentaria richiede che interagisca liberamente con le vite di altre persone, raccontando la loro storia, iniziando a livello microscopico, per poi facilitare la comunicazione tra culture diverse a livello macroscopico.
Picone è co-fondatore del festival australiano REPORTAGE e dei laboratori Jack Picone Photography e Stephen Dupont Documentary. Ha ricevuto alcuni dei più prestigiosi riconoscimenti nel campo del fotogiornalismo e della fotografia documentaria.
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What I love about shooting the FUJIFILM X-T4 in Kathmandu is its unobtrusiveness. Its retro design synchs seamlessly with Kathmandu’s urban and fluid landscape.

Like Kathmandu itself, the X-T4 has a dual personality on the outside; it resonates retro with classic design lines not eclipsed by time. On the inside, it is all twenty-first-century space-age technology. It’s a compelling combination.

Nepal is a spiritually multi-dimensional and creative place. Much of its creativity is rooted in Hinduism. In Kathmandu, Hinduism is omnipresent in life and death. Hinduism is a conversation between life and death. It is reflected in Nepalese culture in its religious iconography, art, writing, graffiti, music and its cremations on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Unlike most Western countries, the Nepalese people are unconcerned with the documentation of their dead. They are inclusive of it. It is an intrinsic part of the Hindu religion to share life’s experiences to promote a culture of understanding between people everywhere. Hindus believe we are all the same and we are all in this life together. Sharing death is part of that philosophy.

Photographing the ritual of death is mostly about respect, unobtrusiveness and speed. There can be beauty in pathos, and poetic and sorrowful photographs can be made or lost – forever – in microseconds. I found while documenting the cremations at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu that the fold away screen, large dials and controls on the top of the X-T4 allowed me to work fast, be present, stay in the moment, and learn about the Nepalese peoples’ conversation about death. The opposite of the preceding glued to the screen scrolling through endless menu pages is a lessor experience.

I push my cameras to the extreme ‘edge’ of what they are capable of. Having six and a half stops of image stabilization, lighting fast autofocus, lots of film simulations and extra battery life keeps me on ‘the edge’ where most of the potent photographs happen.

The FUJIFILM X-T4 is intuitive, fast, fluid and a natural extension of me and my creativity.