Andrea Rocca, born in Rome, Italy, is a street, people and art photographer currently based in London UK.
His camera preferably captures souls, lights, laughter and abysses, making visible the rhythms and tempos, beats and blues of the big city.
The thread that he consciously or unconsciously follow with his pictures is surely connected to the work of the surrealist movement. There are aspects of mental illness, eroticism, trance states, the tension and inherent humour of horror films and stories, childhood fears and longings, to the immanent presence of people’s lives in deserted places and discarded objects.
The work of photographers such as Diane Arbus, Miyako Ishiuchi, Takuma Nakahira, Daidō Moriyama, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Ralph Eugene Meatyard is an inspiration to him, alongside writers like Georges Bataille, JC Ballard, Raymond Queneau, William Burroughs and many musical artists.
Rocca started his career as a documentary and advertising photographer when still in high school, in the mid eighties.
In 1989 he relocated to London and had to choose wether to pursue studies in photography or music, which by then had become another driving passion.
He chose music, and the effort of pursuing a career as a film and dance theatre composer made his photography fall on the side lines for a few years.
As a composer, he went on to write music for feature length films, contemporary dance companies, documentaries and television programs.
In the early 2000s Rocca started photographing again.
It quickly became an important aspect of his life. Currently, he composes, performs, does production work for other artists in his recording studio, alongside his photography projects – though everything is beginning to overlap and intertwine always more.
He uses film, video and digital.