Su di me
Rocco Gargano was born in 1972 in Bergamo (Italy), where he got his high school diploma at Liceo Classico Paolo Sarpi. He then earned his degree in Law at the University of Milan and presently works as a lawyer in Bergamo, where he still lives.
Rocco first got involved into photography through darkroom magic: he actually learned how to print pictures before knowing how to shoot them, watching his friend Carlo printing black and white in his kitchen/darkroom.
He took his first photographic steps in 2000 with dad's Minolta SRT 101 and with a Pentax MZ 50; as soon as he could, he became a proud Nikonist (FM3a, wonderful, all-manual), to finally step into the rangefinder world by falling in love with his Contax G2 and her amazing lenses.
He only shoots film: Kodak Tri-x and Fuji Neopan 400 are his favourite ones, which he processes in Kodak D76 and Microdol-X and prints on ILFORD paper.
Black and White is his choice: in our color world this means having the chance to transform reality and gives more strength to subjects’ glances and gestures. Moreover darkroom work allows the control needed to achieve the results he looks for.
Authors he loves most are Sebastiao Salgado, Robert Capa and Margaret Bourke-White.
He develops and prints all his rolls himself.