Dario Corso is Rome Photography Workshop’s tour leader in Palermo. A native of the ancient Sicilian city, he is an expert in its light and secrets. As a photographer, he is fascinated with architectural details and their shadows. In this edgy town, a native guide is truly the real deal. Read more about him here.
How long have you lived in Palermo?
I was born in Palermo in 1976 and I’ve always lived here. Palermo is an unusual city. Even though the downtown are is large, there are surrounding neighborhoods that are like small cities within the city. In actuality, they are true suburbs.
Where are the top places you traveled and photographed in the world?
Recently I was in Madrid. I found Madrid very similar to Italy, particularly to Sicily. I think it’s a place where you can practice many photo styles, from street photography to panoramas, from architectural photos to naturalistic photos
Who was your top influence / teacher of photography?
Photographically I was born in the school of Palermo – with the Veneziano and Sinatra families, two important families of photographers amongst us Palermitani. At international level I like the works of Kudelka and Frank very much.
What is the trickiest part about doing photography in Palermo?
In Palermo, there is a limited culture for photography. Photography is taken very lightly as an art – except for event photographers, who are seen as artists in every respect. There is not much room for reportage that does not show crime or the Mafia.
What is your favorite thing to shoot in Palermo?
There are two places I often think of: The Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo and the Pretoria Square. The first is a consecrated church. It does not have the roof, and in summer, it is used as a venue for concerts and theaters. It is fascinating to lift your head and see the clouds or the stars above but within the church. The second is the Pretoria, or town hall square. In recent years it’s always full of tourists; the statues of the central fountain interplay with with the figures and silhouettes of this popular destination.
Who are favourite photographers?
There are many excellent photographers in Italy. I really admire the documentary works of Sergio Ramazzotti as well as the photographs of Max De Martino. In Sicily, we have some awesome photographers, like Angelo Cirrincione. At the international level, I admire the works of Kudelka and Robert Frank.
What are your go-to cameras ?
Generally I love using reflex. I used a mirrorless camera for a while, but could not shake the feeling of the reflect. I also love to use film lomo like the LCW and the Spinner 360, in addition to the inevitable Diana.
What time of day do you prefer to shoot?
In Palermo, the light is always very intense. So for me, it is ideal to shoot in the early hours of the day or the last hours of the day. The low sun exalts the city’s profile and creates a play of lights and shadows, empty and full, that best describes the meaning of this city