We love sharing the stories of those who make up our dynamic City. Our first interview is with photographer and all round creative Agnese Sanvito.
What’s your daily routine like? I don’t really have a regular routine as every day I’m in a different place, which is an aspect I love about working as a photographer. Photographing new projects and events in architecture all across London gives me the possibility to discover new spaces and have access to buildings usually closed to the public.
What artists are you listening to at the moment? When I work at my desk editing the images I listen to Lauren Laverne on BBC6 Music. She’s really witty and on her programme there is always a great variety of music.
Why do you like working in the City? I love the combination of old and new in the City. There is a cluster of modern skyscrapers sitting in the roman and medieval layout of streets and alleys. Once you get off the main streets you can get lost in a whole new world of secret passages and coming across unexpected gardens, little pubs and always finding new perspectives for photography. The City is also a great space for people watching. I’m always amused by the odd eccentricities of the English wearing a dark suit with bright colourful socks and eccentric ties and cuff links.
What is your favourite place to visit in the Square Mile? The area outside the Aviva Building (corner of Leadenhall street and St Mary Axe) is really interesting. From the same point you can see the Leadenhall Building, the Lloyds Building, the Willis Building and The Gherkin and you feel at the centre of these powerful new buildings. Especially in the evening it’s so magical! At the same time just a short walk away there is the traditional and lively Leadenhall market where City workers and visitors mix in the local eateries and drinking establishments.
Do you have any special collaborations coming up? I’m currently working on a book with Prestel Publishing called New Architecture London featuring iconic buildings from the world’s most celebrated architects. Many of these such as OMA’s New Court Rothschild Bank and Jean Nouvel’s One New Change are in the City.
Are there any other London photographers you admire? Simon Norfolk is my favourite London based photographer. Influenced by the Romanticism in the way he captures the light, he applies it to politically and socially charged topics. In a more specific architectural field, Hélène Binet captures the best architecture in a very artistic way by playing with light and geometry.
- Interview by Deborah Ajia