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Star photographer Daniele Venturelli

Daniele Venturelli is a familiar face at some of the world's most renowned Entertainment events from the Vanity Fair Oscar After Party in Los Angeles to the Met Gala in New York and a host of European events from fashion weeks to film festivals. Joining WireImage in 2002, he has covered both the Cannes and Venice film festivals extensively over the years. Daniele is a trusted partner to some of the world's largest luxury brands and has seen him work with Gucci, Bulgari, Fendi, Max Mara, and Moncler, to name a few.
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How did you decide to become a photographer, and what helped you become the photographer you are today?

At the age of 7, I told my mom that I would be a photographer when I grew up. I have always believed in what I do. I put a lot of passion and a bit of luck.

How is photographing a celebrity different from photographing a regular person?

The desire to take a nice photo is always there. Photographing a celebrity is more exciting.

You've become as famous as a lot of the people you photograph. Has that changed the way your subjects relate to you?

Absolutely not.

Did you have got celebrity friends because of your work?

Yes, of course.

Every year you visit almost all of the most prestigious world events. What are your Top 5?

Met Gala, Golden Globe, Vanityfair Oscar Party, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival.

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To a young person who wants to pursue a career as a photographer, I recommend insisting on being present at the events and taking lots of test photos with relatives and friends.

Who's the most challenging person you've ever photographed?

No person is challenging to the photographer.

Did any funny cases happen in your work?

Years ago, I was on a boat at the Venice Film Festival. We were returning from a party with a fellow photographer and next to us there was sitting a reporter from a local newspaper, listening to our conversation. At that point, my colleague and I realized that the journalist was listening to our comments and we started telling untrue things. As Claudia Schiffer and Mike Jagger were attending the party we have left, we started talking that Mike Jagger kissed Claudia Schiffer. The following day’s newspaper was released with the title: “Historic kiss in the lagoon”.

What advice do you have for a young photographer who is just starting?

To a young person who wants to pursue a career as a photographer, I recommend insisting on being present at the events and taking lots of test photos with relatives and friends.

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