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Music photographer Alex Ruffini has worked with stars such as Dokken, Eric Sardinas, Bonfire, Antiproduct, House Of Shakira, L.A. Guns, Duff McKagan and Loaded, Hardcore Superstar, Paul DiAnno, Richie Kotzen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Salas, among many others. He has been acknowledged by international magazines, such as Guitar Player (USA), Muen Magazine (USA), Scandinavian Tattoo (SWE), Sandman (UK), Tattoo Energy (UK and Italy), Freewey Magazine (IT), Power Play (UK), and more.
Interview With Photographer
March 6, 2015
By Londa R. Marks | Metal Music Interviews
Published By Rock Legend News, Firenze, Italy and
Tempi Dispari.it, Rome, Italy
Rock Legend News: Your photography depicts an obvious understanding of rock music and musicians. When you saw Kiss performing in Italy for the first time you were inspired by the mix of music, stage design and make-up. Would you say that your approach to photography consists of capturing what the musician is experiencing in the creative area?
Alex Ruffini: Loving music and everything visual around it, I was first “hit” through my eyes, then through my heart. I was little more than a child, so any pretty distorted guitar was good enough to turn me on, and a showing off guitar or bass player was even better to me. Kiss were my very first love, I got lucky, that is why I have always been keen on groups from abroad!
Rock Legend News: It is known that you were inspired by Ross Halfin and others but you are one of the best music photographers in the world and you have photographed the elite of rock stars with your work showcased in popular music magazines. Though you produce work at a fine art level and you capture emotion, the musician in you can be seen surfacing in your photos quite often. What is your secret?
Alex Ruffini: Can I say that Ross Halfin is a not so correct middle class guy? Neil Zlozlower is the best person, for me. What you see is what you get, even if many “colleagues” of mine describe me as a sort of Ross Halfin. You know me, so you know who I am. For the rest of the world, who cares. First thing is being a professional. You cannot allow yourself to have the star in front of your camera asking you “What am I supposed to do now?” or “What do you want me to look like now?”. Just a few minutes like this, and the star is fed up of you, so bye bye.
Rock Legend News: You are a musician too. How do you approach music?
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