About me

Siena e me

Hi, my name is Stefano Germi and I have been taking photos for a bit of time. I was born in 1969 in Prato, and since I was 9 I m delighted with photography. It was my father, who gave me his Olympus om-1, and since then I never stopped photographing with ups and downs.

Me and my Father
Io e il Babbo

I begin my study of photography with my father, who taught me the basics, as an excellent photographer he is. Afterwards, I continue as a self-taught until I start attending TPW workshop(Toscana Photographic workshop)

I studied with Willie Osterman the Zone system, with James Megargee basic and advance darkroom techniques and with Andrea Modica photography of nude. These experiences will greatly increase my culture and photographic vision. Especially after the workshop with Andrea Modica, who advises me to use large format, the 8×10″ format, to which later I will also next to 8×20″

Stefano Germi Folding
Stefano and his folding 8×10″

I started teaching photography, especially printing, in various photo clubs. But after visiting two exhibitions by Edward Weston and Paula Strand, I decided that I will dedicate myself to large format photography and contact printing. This new road will take me to meet Michael A.Smith and Paula Chamlee, two masters in contact printing, during the “Vision and Technique” workshop. Michael and Paula are impressed by my work on the Murales and I m offered to publish a book with their own publishing house.

Stefano is a gifted photographer. His highly accomplished photographs, his intelligence, and his attention to all details in his work makes him a true professional and exceptional talent. I highly recommend him for any photographic work.

Paula Chamlee, photographer and publisher, owner at Smith-Chamlee Photography

Currently, I have finished the project on the Murales, and I have begun to work on the pre-publication of the book. I started two colour projects, one called Instagram Series #1 performed only with a smartphone. The other called Portfolio #2 – 日本 Japan shots taken during my visits to Japan. If possible I would like to start photographing the Chinese families of my city in their family environment, with the large format in black and white and colour.

Statement

My photographic idea is rather simple, too see with the eyes, to see with the heart. When I release the shutter I fix what I have seen and heard. We are surrounded by beauty, and I believe in beauty. Landscape, stones, nudes, portraits, all hide their own beauty and have just begun to discover it.

Stefano is a dedicated and talented Italian photographer. He uses his view camera to address his concerns for issues that directly effect his city of Prato and his country.

Tom Shillea, photographer at Thomas Shillea Platinum Photographs

Résumé

Collective Exhibition
  • 2017 – Galleria Park Hotel – Cassano D’Adda – Milan -Italy
  • 2016 – Blu in Italy – Galerie Photo-Originale – Paris-France
  • 2015 – Fragile – Hand with Care – Catania – Italy
  • 2015 – Biennale Fotografica anno 0 – Trezzo sull’Adda-Italy
  • 2013 – Metamorfosi – Galleria Bonci – Pietrasanta-(Lucca)-Italy
  • 2010 – Middlesex Cancer Center – Large Format Benefit – New England-USA
  • 2009 – Analog Photo day – Hall Expo du Cus – Clermont Fernand-France
  • 2008 – Darkroom Gallery – Manchester New Hampshire-USA
  • 2004 – Caffè Teatro – Collettiva Autori Pratesi – Prato-Italy
  • 2001 – Saletta Ambra – Collettiva Autori – Poggio a Caiano-Italy
  • 1999 – Macelli Pubblici – Collettiva Autori Pratesi – Prato-Italy
Solo Exhibition
  • 2012 – Rosso – Manifestazione Rosso Belvedere – Lizzano in Belvedere-Italy
  • 2002 – Portfolio 1 – Nudo – Camarillo Jazz Club – Prato-Italy
Workshop
  • 2009-2016 – Workshop Contact – Prato-Italy
Article
  • 2009 – Articolo sul Pirogallolo – Fotoavventure.it
  • 2005 – Fotografia “Radici” – Gente di Gaggio – Modena-Italy
Catalogue
  • 2016 – Catalogo Artisti Italiani
  • 2015 – Catalogo Biennale di Fotografia anno 0
  • 2015 – Catalogo Fragile – Hand with Care