An espresso with…
Stefano Barni

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January 31, 2019


We have interviewed Stefano Barni, a photographer Jazzespresso has published many photo reports of.

Who’s Stefano Barni?
I am a fifty-six years old, passionate music photographer. After graduating in economics, I switched to computer sciences and cybersecurity; on the other side, photography allows me to express my creative side and support musicians in spreading the word about their work. If a shot of mine attracts someone to jazz, that’s the best prize.
Why did you choose jazz photography? Are you only interested in jazz?
I began to listen to jazz in the second half of my twenties. My love for photography came a bit later: putting things together was almost instantaneous. I also photograph pop concerts, occasionally, and landscapes and cityscapes. My specialty is to portray musicians while they are playing: I think these shots show more feeling than posed portraits, despite the unavoidable technical imperfections. In the end, that’s about improvisation. That’s about jazz!
Would you like to share with us an anecdote about your relationships with jazz musicians?
Last summer I photographed Zu, a jazz-core band; they were playing on the grass of a meadow. As soon as the concert begun, the crowd pushed me just in front of the drums; I was so near that I had to switch to a shorter lens. I was on my knees, mounting the lens, when suddenly Luca T. Mai (sax) and Massimo Pupillo (bass) jumped there and started playing a duet just above me! I had to lay on the grass in order to avoid being hit by their instruments. At first, I was afraid of ruining the performance, but then I realized that I had a chance to take a very particular shot, and so I did. Recently, Massimo Pupillo liked the photograph on Facebook
What could you suggest to young photographers approaching this art?
Some advices are quite obvious: read about composition rules (in order to break them, possibly) and exposure control; put your hands on a quality piece of gear and master it. When shooting, feel the music inside of you and let it guide you. However, in my opinion, the most important thing is: respect. Respect the musicians, the audience, the music. And in the end, please make yourself respected. You know what I mean.
Which is your favourite gear?
My gear is Canon. I have no connection with the brand: it just suits my needs. Now, I think that cameras come and go. But I am in love with my Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM II lens. It’s long, fast and unbelievably sharp: really perfect for live portraits.
Is there a pic you’d wish you’ve taken?
Too bad I didn’t have a chance to portray the giant of all giants: Miles Davis! However, focusing on a particular image, I wish I had taken Pennie Smith’s cover of Clash’ “London Calling” album. It’s far from being technically perfect, but… it’s alive: it pulls you on the stage and makes you feel the thrill of the action. It’s what I’d love all of my shots did.

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