The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Luccarini

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I’ve always loved reading stories, becoming a picture editor and journalist enabled me to find them all over the world. The written article and the photographic feature can have a strong impact on the readers and introduce them to different ways of living, bring awareness on social issues and give voice to those who have none. Photography is also a powerful tool to share experiences, personal projects can involve emotional spheres and often make us discover sides of ourselves that we did not know. I love keep on learning, exploring new ways and languages, showing captivating narrations, this also give me the chance to meet new people and working together for the same goal is one of the thing I really appreciate, it allows me to see things on different angles with constructive contributions. Having worked in an historical archive enabled me to discover how pioneer photographers influenced the compositional style of several painters and are still inspiring the modern photographic language.

What is my idea of happiness?

I’m a dreamer, I’d like living close to sea with a couple of dogs and a horse, teach yoga and have the time to write.

What is my greatest fear?

Being far from my family and friends when they are in need of help.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Low esteem of myself and sometimes insecurity.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I admire the people who never give up, the ones who struggle to see their projects fulfilled in spite of contrary circumstances as well the ones able to create new paths from scratch.

What is my greatest extravagance?

To carry out a photographic project depicting my dreams.

On what occasion would I lie?

To protect someone I love.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

People who obtain a job or occupy a relevant position thanks to nepotism and/or backings.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Every time I finish a job and I’m satisfied with it, mostly if it’s a new challenge, something I’ve never done before.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Be more “cheeky”, daring more and, most of all, be more fluent and confident in public speaking.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I always think that the best is yet to come.

Where would I most like to live?

French Polynesia or Aruba.

What is my most treasured possession?

The experiences I gathered living abroad and friendship.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m pretty shy but try to hide it.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

It depends on my feelings, there’s not a single one but all the ones I discover walking of biking in different areas of the city where I can find little details that could be a corner with flowers, a liberty style building, a street artist painting. I love being surrounded by beauty.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I do not like cooking and that’s a good chance to experience different places. The best always is my mom’s food.

What books influenced my life and how?

“Memoirs of Hadrian” (Marguerite Yourcenar)

“Orlando” (Virginia Woolf)

“American Pastoral” (Philip Roth)

In each of these books there’s an intimate experience narrated in a masterly way by the author.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“How can I go on” (Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé)

“Se il mio nome saper voi bramate” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (G.Rossini)

“Stars” Simply Red

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Jo March from “Little Women”, independed and strong-minded

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

All those who fight for an ideal and for the future generations. From Sophie Scholl to Gandhy, Rosa Parks, Jan Palach, Lech Walesa and the student of Tienanmen Place.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“Scarface” written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian de Palma with a great Al Pacino

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories allow to get in touch with different realities, to learn more about the world around me, to enter into intimacy with the people who live in certain situations is always a cultural and emotional enrichment. I try to bring back these emotions to the final outcome of my work.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

They give me the strength and energy of changing things, to look for new developments and challenges, even to change life if not happy of with it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My family and a couple of friends.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

I’m always open to new cooperations and ideas, I’d like working again with international companies or with italian tv programs dealing with culture, history of photography or worldwide photographic reportages. Some time ago I did the editing of the images of the TV program “Imagine”, presented by Roberto Saviano, an overview of the main events of the year described through images; this experience gave me the opportunity to deal with a different way to show images to the general public.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

There are a lot but I’m pretty superstitious so let’s leave it to destiny.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

A new TV program with images, videos and interviews. it’d be a great job so let’s keep the fingers crossed. I’m also working on a very peculiar project that involves the travels of Ella Maillart and Anne Marie Schwarzenbach but it’s an early stage idea.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

Hopefully in photographic festivals if Covid 19 allows. At the moment is not so easy making medium and long term plans.

What do the wordsPassion Never Retiresmean to me?

Passion and curiosity are the keys of my job, I’m always interested in new stories, new ways of telling them and in several cases being touched by both the story itself and the way of telling it. Beside the job my passion for yoga and running will never end.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Paola Riccardi (italian curator)

Alessia Locatelli (italian curator)

How can you contact me?

@annaluccarini on Instagram

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