Carlotta Cardana is an Italian portrait and documentary photographer based in London. Her recent personal work explores the issues of identity, belonging and community, whether among young Italians living abroad, couples from the Mod subculture or modern U.S. Indians. Her approach to portraiture privileges the subject’s experience and stresses the relationship between people and their environment. After obtaining a degree in Theatre and Performing arts and a photography diploma, she lived in Argentina and Mexico City. She now lives and works in London. Cardana’s work has been featured in numerous publications around the world, among others The Guardian (UK), D Repubblica and Rolling Stone (Italy) and Blink (South Korea). She has also collaborated with magazines in Mexico, the UK and Italy. In 2013, she was awarded “Discovery of the Year” at the Lucie Awards. She also won the New York Photo Awards, the Lens Culture Student Photography Award and the Association of Photographers Open Awards. Parallel to her photographic practice, she works in the moving image as music video director and cinematographer in short films and commissioned social documentaries. She is currently preparing her first book, featuring portraits from her series on Mod couples.
Entry description: These images are from a personal project on couples who belong to the “mod scene”, a subculture that originated in Britain in the late fifties. My interest in developing this project goes well beyond their appearance. I decided to focus on couples because I am fascinated by the way their identities blend together to produce something larger than the sum of its parts. The couples chose what to wear and where to be photographed. The world depicted in the pictures is entirely the world they have created for themselves.