Personally I like Rome very much. It's a sort of a moderate, tranquil jungle where one can hide well. –Marcello Rubini, the protagonist of Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita
The suite of images presented in Faculty Spotlight 2015 is a small sampling from a larger body of work made in Rome over the past seven years while co-teaching the course Documentary Photography: Italy for the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts.
I am engaged in the process of studying the world, then representing it in a straightforward, descriptive manner. Fidelity to what is framed is of paramount importance.
Although a fictional journalist writing for gossip magazines spoke the initial quotation above, for both gossip columnists and living photographers alike, a certain level of invisibility is advantageous. Rome is equal parts old cobblestones and theatre of the absurd – one simply needs to walk discreetly, not trip, and the daily dramas that typify Roman life unfold before you at every turn.
– Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock, 2015