With his enduring passion for James Bond, noir and spy films driving his
photographic aesthetic, Francesco Bittichesu has honed his ability to
capture the mystery and beauty of life by living between two very
different worlds: his native Italy, and the breakneck pace of New York City.
A veteran of the industry, he has been photographing since his military
days as a young man, when he became obsessed with the technical
possibilities of the camera and built a darkroom on the roof of his
parents’ house. In two years, Francesco taught himself his craft, and then
spent three years as an apprentice at a Sardinian photo studio.
In the mid 1990s, he moved to New York, at the height of its heyday
as the center of the publishing world. He spoke no English, had no
money, and had barely a dozen images in his portfolio, but got down
to work. Within two years he was shooting for GQ magazine and
the Andy Warhol-founded Interview.
Today, Francesco shoots film as well as photographs, drawing inspiration for
his still work from the inscrutable lives of strangers on the street
and the old-world glamour of cinema. He is sought-after by high-end
clients who appreciate the touch of chiaroscuro in his work- because
while fresh and modern, his images are filled with the polished
elegance, mystery and suspense of a classic thriller film. They catch
people in an uncontrived, yet perfect moment – with the viewer left
wondering what might be about to happen in the very next frame.