Written by Kenneth Dickerman
Tomaso Clavarino wasn’t always a photographer. He started out as a writer, but around seven years ago he gradually put down the pen and turned toward the camera. He had been interested in photography from a young age. His father, an architect and accomplished photographer himself taught Clavarino almost everything he knows about photography.
So, after getting an MA in contemporary history and then working for several years as a freelance journalist, the foundation for switching to photography had already been laid. For Clavarino, photography “gives me the chance to investigate our society with freedom and imagination, feeds my curiosity and makes it possible to develop wider narratives with the obligation to deal somehow with reality.”Since switching over to photography, Clavarino has dedicated himself to working mostly on social and humanitarian issues. As it has for a lot of freelance photographers, the global spread of COVID-19 has severely hampered the kind of work that Clavarino can do. But, for some, like Clavarino, it has also provided an opportunity to grow.
Perspective | Restricted by the covid-19 pandemic, this photographer is creating an intensely personal ‘Quarantine Ballad’
Photographer Tomaso Clavarino reflects, through his camera, on being locked down during the covid-19 pandemic