Food and film: a nearly perfect pair. Each filmstrip capturing culinary delights has an enormous power. Not only do they entertain and evoke emotion, but they also lead to the discovery of new recipes that touch the hearts of the viewers as much as the actors’ actual performances. The idea for this current project was a product of love: love for the cinema and for good cooking. These two art forms have contributed to the celebration of Italy, with its extraordinary culinary and cinematographic traditions, all over the world.
Stefano Guindani made a whimsical request to this group of famous Italian actors: play with the ingredients from recipes best representing the connection to their homeland. These twenty-one portraits by Stefano are the center focus of the exibition “Ricette e Ritratti d’Attore” (Recipes and Portraits of Actors), produced by RAI CINEMA. Thanks to the collaboration of Laura Delli Colli, the most celebrated actors of Italian cinema have described their adventures in the kitchen with suggestions, anecdotes, and personal memories. The resulting creation of delicious meals, prepared by chef Max Mariola, perfectly represents each individual actor.
Stefano Guindani, international fashion and celebrity photographer, harbors a strong passion for urban and social reportage. In 1998, he founded his company, SGP Stefano Guindani Photo, a team of thirty people that provides editorial production services for companies operating in the fashion and luxury sectors. After becoming the official photographer for Italy’s major fashion stylists, Stefano deepened his interest in reportage. The images of his book, Haiti Through the Eye of Stefano Guindani, published in 2010 have been shown in different exhibitions in Milan, New York and Florence.
Between 2014 and 2015, Stefano traveled to 9 different countries in Latin America: his compilation of photos was assembled in the book Do You Know for a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the humanitarian organization N.P.H. Stefano personally delivered the first copy to Pope Francis during an audience on the 2nd of December, 2015. Stefano Guindani was the first photographer to host a TV talent show dedicated to photography: “Scattastorie NX Generation” broadcasted on a Discovery Network channel.
In December 2015 Stefano was invited by Samsung to photograph Porta Nuova, the new technological district of Milan; this work led to the publication of the book Frames of Milan. In May of 2016, Stefano published Sguardi d’Attore; a collection of portraits of over 350 Italian movie actors.
The prestigious German company LEICA has chosen Stefano Guindani as ambassador of LEICA SL, the revolutionary full-frame mirrorless camera system. He continues to stay on the cutting edge of photography, utilizing new technologies to improve reportage not only in the luxury and fashion sectors, but around the world.