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The Beautiful and the Shiny. Guido Argentini

I believe erotic photography is artistic. Eros means love in Greek and all photos that show love can, and most of the times are, “artistic”! What Eros means for different people is the point.

art by Guido Argentini - interview by Teo J. Babini
Artemis ©guido argentini

Artemis ©guido argentini

What does the human body mean to you? Well, for Guido Argentini it means more than you could ever imagine: a sculpture, eroticism, a story, love and most importantly art. Mr. Argentini has enjoyed a world-renowned career using his lens to shed new light on our naked souls.

You have shot and exhibited all over the world, yielding a well-rounded body of work. Due to the sensitive nature of some of your photography how has it been different working around the world? Do different cultures perceive the finished product in a different light?
I’ve only shown my work in the western world and in Japan so I can’t really say how my work would be perceived in different cultures. What I can say is that my work gets a different reaction from men than from women. Unfortunately, women always compare themselves to other women in the physical aspect and the majority of them don’t want to have anther woman on the wall of their homes so they don’t buy my photos…

Albion ©guido argentini

Albion ©guido argentini

Your work in general seems to deal a lot with forms and shapes, from the human body to the petals of a flower. How is “Argentum” the next step in the evolution of these ideas?
Working with shapes has been at the core the very beginning of my work. My first book “SILVEREYE” was homage to sculpture. “Argentum” is the conclusion of a project that started in 1995 and ended in 2010.

Eos ©guido argentini

Eos ©guido argentini

As I’ve understood, you usually work with female beauty models. How was it different for Argentum working with professional performers (dancers, gymnasts, etc.) and with men?
For all my silver work, I always chose to work with performers: dancers and gymnasts that could make my photographs more dynamic with their bodies than regular models are able too.

Demeter and Persephone ©guido argentini

Demeter and Persephone ©guido argentini

Locations have also played a big part in your work, as well as natural elements like shooting at night, where as “Argentum” was produced in a controlled studio environment. What are the pros and cons of these different production methods? Which do you prefer?
“Argentum” and some photos in “SILVEREYE” were shot in a studio because I needed the simplicity and pureness of an empty space, but for all my other work, I never shoot in a studio. All my newest work that I have done in the past eight to ten years has been shot on location. My new work is in color and deals with story telling; so all images are shot in real places.

Elen ©guido argentini

Elen ©guido argentini

Some people draw a line between artistic and “erotic” photography. How do you feel about this distinction? Do you think Argentum proves that they are not mutually exclusive? How big of role does context play in the perception of your work?
I believe erotic photography is artistic. Eros means love in Greek and all photos that show love can, and most of the times are, “artistic”! What Eros means for different people is the point. Eros means very different things in different cultures, but also for different people within the same city, neighborhood or family. The perception of Eros is different for women and for men. The vision of women in “Private Rooms” and “Reflections” for example, is a male erotic vision. The women depicted in “Argentum” or in the natural landscapes in “SILVEREYE” are closer to the erotic vision of women. This is what comes through in my conversations with women and men about my work over the years.

Cassandra and Clytemnestra ©guido argentini

Cassandra and Clytemnestra ©guido argentini

I heard you say in an interview that the beauty of the women in your images is a device to capture the audience’s attention. You also mention that there is a story being told. Do you think beauty can also act as a distraction? I’m curious to know some of the stories behind the images; can you share some with us?
The stories behind the images are the most powerful element of photography. Photos are only one instant, one frame of an entire movie. The stories are left to the imagination of the viewer. Your story will always be different from mine and this is the beauty of it. In movies, there is less space for fantasy and imagination; almost everything is said with images, dialogue and music. In photography, the majority of the story is untold; it is all left up to the fantasy of the viewer.

Aglaea ©guido argentini

Aglaea ©guido argentini

“Argentum” features a much-heightened aesthetic, is there also a story being told in this book?
These images are not about a story like the ones in “Shades of a woman” and even the ones in “Private Rooms” and in “Reflections”. The photos in “Argentum” are about pureness, perfection and elegance. The paint is supposed to turn women and men into living statues.

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Belisama ©guido argentini

Belisama ©guido argentini

Anahita ©guido argentini

Anahita ©guido argentini

Arnoba ©guido argentini

Arnoba ©guido argentini

Heimarmene ©guido argentini

Heimarmene ©guido argentini

Electra ©guido argentini

Electra ©guido argentini

Coventina ©guido argentini

Coventina ©guido argentini

Cybele ©guido argentini

Cybele ©guido argentini

Dione ©guido argentini

Dione ©guido argentini

book cover Argentum ©guido argentini

book cover Argentum ©guido argentini

One Response to “The Beautiful and the Shiny. Guido Argentini”

  1. Marcelo Cano says:

    Felicitaciones !! es un trabajo de máxima excelencia y una creatividad asombrosa, e inspiradora.. un abrazo y nuevamente ; felicitaciones por este excelente trabajo… Marcelo.