Dancer, Verona, Italy, 2004.
from the photographer... "I have always considered this image as one of the most poetic of my entire career. A moment where chance has played his song entirely. I was in Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet, and I was shooting a dance academy activities. Honestly, I was really bored. Maybe because it was cold and it was at the end of hard day where I was looking for a decent image to represent "the passion of the dance". I couldn't see anything that came close to fitting this concept. Then when the lesson was over and I had looked to the dark side of the ballroom, a dancer on her way to the locker room, mocked me, jumped and exclaimed "hey photographer, look at this!" It was a second I could not frame properly, nor decide on the speed of shooting... just shot once.. and the magic appeared and she made my day."
Stefano De Luigi is a familiar contributor to many international magazines including Stern, Paris Match, Le Monde Magazine, Time, and The New Yorker, although he is probably best known for his long term projects, which include Pornoland (winner of the Marco Bastianelli Prize in 2005) and Blanco Visions of Blindness, published by Trolley Books in 2010. In 2006 De Luigi started a project called Cinema Mundi, which focused on alternative cinema and was transformed into a short seven-minute film that was screened at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2007. De Luigi has won the World Press Photo three times in different categories, 1998, 2007, and 2009. He is also a recipient of the Moving Walls of Soros Foundation in 2009 and Days Japan International Photojournalism Award 2010.