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H3DII Shooter Becomes a Teacher

03/08/2009 Raimondi Shares Vision at Milan’s New Fine Arts Academy

Efrem Raimondi
Long jumper Andrew Howe, Beijing Olympic Games, for First magazine, February 2008, Rome, Italy, captured with the H3DII-39, f/3.5 50mm lens, and ring flash.

Portrait photographer Efrem Raimondi (www.efremraimondi.it), who has attracted a diverse clientele of commercial, advertising, and publication companies, and fine art collectors, recently began a new chapter in his creative life: teaching at Milan's New Fine Arts Academy (NABA, Nuova Accademia Belle Arti), www.naba.it.

The recipient of many honors since becoming a professional photographer in 1983, including a Special Award from the AFIP/Art Directors Club Italiano, today Raimondi captures his signature portrait images with a Hasselblad H3DII-39. "I love photographs and authors who use their medium to convey a vision of the world. I started using the H3DII-39 in October 2007. Now I use it for every assignment except my ‘on the road’ images."

One of these assignments was an extensive project featuring outstanding Italian athletes who represented Italy in the Beijing Olympics, for First magazine, in early 2008. Several of the portraits were selected for an outdoor exhibition at Pitti Uomo, the Villa Vittoria Gardens, in Florence.

"The H3DII-39 has been a true discovery," says Raimondi. "It has optimized the whole process, from capture to production and post-production, giving me better control of every step of the shoot."

Besides teaching, Raimondi is currently working on a new book project, Self, with his H3DII.

For more on Raimondi and his experience with the Hasselblad H3DII, click here.


Text by Alice B. Miller