INTERVIEW // Photographer Alex Coghe by Michael Sweet

This interview realized by Michael Ernest Sweet has been previously published on the book Made in Italy.

Alex, your work is fresh, innovative, and edgy. I love it. It not only reminds me of my own approach to photography, but, perhaps more importantly, to some of the very best of the masters – Daido Moriyama, William Klein and Mark Cohen, for example. This comparison should not be trivialized in the contemporary photographic milieu where too much of what we are seeing today is unworthy of any such comparison. The field is cluttered with junk photography from techies who know more about Google analytics than they do about photographic composition, ISO, or focal lengths. Through all that clutter your work stands out because it is authentic, it’s skillful – it’s art in the truest sense. Kudos!

I’m delighted to be able to write the interview for this book, as it will give me the opportunity to dig into your mind a little – to uncover some of the genius that creates this stunning photography. Let’s begin!

Michael Sweet: Alex, why photography? How did you get into this medium in the first place?

Alex Coghe: I consider photography the most powerful vehicle of emotion and messages. Certainly there are many other arts that are able to do this, music for example…but the speed of communication and the duration in time will always be in favor of a photograph. If I think about why I have chosen this medium of expression, I would answer because photography allows me to search for the unknown. I come from poetry that is also about the exploration of ourselves, an impulse completely selfish, and if you think about it photography is also a solitary act. Although it may seem presumptuous I make photography essentially for myself, to explore the world as my eyes see it. It is a complex process where I explore the world to explore myself, and there is a sort of continuous exchange between what my eyes see and what my mood and my state of mind feels. The result of this generates another world where my experience emerges becoming one with the world represented… Photography for me is a reaction to what I have before my eyes.


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INTERVIEW // Photographer Alex Coghe by Stephen Cosh

Alex Coghe is a world renowned street photographer and I've followed his work for years, however it wasn't until I interviewed him that I saw there was more to the man than his street work…


Hi Alex, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background.

I am an Italian Photographer, and have been living in Mexico for 5 years. I’ve never just been a photographer, I was born a writer.

My profession is therefore a union of various activities: I am a photo-journalist. In the past I have written articles about Mexico for an Italian Magazine. I have also had experience as a political journalist but now I interview artists, especially photographers, for my blog and for The Leica Camera Blog.

I also have experience as a photo editor, a skill that I now apply to my publications. The most recent is The Street Photographer Notebook, a project that I’ve just started but that already has been greeted with much enthusiasm from street photographers around the world.

I consider all my professional entities equally important, I’ve never been just a photographer. I hold workshops, for example. And I still offer my journalist services.

I think Photography for me has been an evolution, an extension of my experience as a creative a writer. Poetry is an admission of loneliness and when I realised that I had no more time for this, my camera has become my pen. I will never abandon writing, but I’ve delegated the exploration of my soul to photography.


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INTERVIEW// Alex Coghe: Every Moment Tells a Story

Alex Coghe, an Italian photojournalist living in Mexico, looks for the energy factor when documenting the everyday life situations of the people visiting Chapultepec Park. Alex uses the Leica X2 for his work because it is compact, lightweight and discrete.

Alex has been using the Leica X2 to document life around Mexico City, particularly in Chapultepec Park, which was one of the first places he visited upon arriving in Mexico.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am a dynamic person, curious about the world around me. I have always been a creative: first a writer then also a photographer. I love people; I like the human touch and to know the ideas and ways of thinking of others, especially when original. Maybe that’s why I especially love to socialize with people related to the world of art. I have friends all over the world and the internet is a great help for this. I put passion into everything I do.

Q: Which are the most important things in life to you?

A: I would like to answer this question, first of all, with the word “serenity.” This is the key for me. And of course, love is a crucial part in this. I crossed the ocean to reach the woman of my life. It is so important, maybe the most important, to do things with ethics and respect for others.


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