Sara Janini – Photo Interview
Photographer: Sara Janini
Birthday: November 9th, 1970
College: BA in Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Book: The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise. Peter Beard
Favorite Movie: Gilda
Favorite Food: Eggs
Favorite Quote: Enjoy today. It’s later than you think. Chinese proverb
For how long have been in photography?
Professionally since 1999
How did you start?
Since very young I liked to take pictures and I learn how to work in the lab in my last year of school in Arizona. Then I worked 8 years as economist and I realized that travel and photography was what I wanted to do in my life so I quick to start doing it.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I wouldn’t define me as an artist, I’m more a documentary photographer catching the present as it is, without intervene in the scene.
Where do you find inspiration?
In lots of places, people, reading books, watching films, documental, news, etc. The social news are the ones that touch me more and besides of the possibility to show them to the people it’s more the curiosity of myself to know that impulse me to go on.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
Analog photography I think is fundamental to learn the basics about photography, how it works the camera and the light, but digital photography have changed the way to work mostly in the finish part of the process and let you have many more possibilities. Also the immediacy but for street, documentary and travel photography isn’t so important.
What type of camera do you use most?
Canon 5D Markt II and Leica M9
What is your favorite lens?
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
When I worked for Unesco photographing World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves I was young and to be able to travel to very remote areas for long time periods was a big lucky and I felt very free, everything was amazing. But something really touch me when I went to Yemen during the Arab Spring Revolution with a great journalist, Catalina Esparza, because I could listen and understand to the suffering people more deeply than other assignments that don’t let you the time to do it.
What are your favorite three images you have shot recently?
The ones from my last year assignment in Bab al-Salam, a Syrian Refugee Camp, 20 Km. from Aleppo, where more than 15,000 people fight everyday to survive without anything already lost because the civil war.
How important is an awesome website for your business?
It’s your work face and the way to show what you are able to do for knew assignments, exhibitions or to sell photographs.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Good eyes. Also good mood, be alert, be quick.
Did you work for International brands? Which ones?
No, I work directly with magazines or newspapers most.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
The social ones.
List of your clients?
ELLE, Lonely Planet, Traveller Conde Nast, El Mundo, El Pais, Gentleman, GQ,National Geographic Taveller, Woman, Marie Claire, Telva, Audi Magazine, Siete Leguas, Photo Art Prague, Velbloud Czech Republic, Visual ARJ, Amnesty International, Doctors of the World, ..
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? Peter Beard and most of the Magnum ones.
What about architects and designers?
Alvar Aalto, Gaudi, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus school.
What are your next projects?
A new project about abandoned train stations and maybe something in Antarctica.