Interview for Penthouse

Thank you Mr. Carl Peter Yeh

This is an interview from some time ago. I share it because I like it… yes of course I like it, otherwise I ‘d not share it! But, above all I like that I was interviewed for Penthouse, the magazine I used to read secretly as a kid.

Yes, secretly, because when I was a kid there was no internet, and eroticism – to not mention porn – was a taboo. The newsstands were populated with more or less erotic magazines e videotapes. Given the culture of the time, we bought them with a certain embarrassment. I remember once, I was with a school friend of mine and we bought some of these mags, but having to go to school we preferred to get rid of them. We were at the bus terminal, where the drivers usually left the vehicle to have a cigarette and chat with colleagues, so we took advantage of the open window to throw the magazines directly on the driver’s seat. I guess he liked the surprise!

However, times change, many of these magazines have gone into crisis, and that period turns into a funny memory to share.

This is the Dutch version of Penthouse. Not speaking even half a word of Dutch, I used google translator to bring it into English.

I want to thank Carl Peter Yeh for this interview!

Enjoy… and by the way, some of the photographs published with this interview are available as limited edition prints.

Marco Tenaglia interview for penthouse

Strong Women

Women in control. Sexy. Sometimes trashy. Always unapproachable. In appearance. But especially in terms of character and appearance. In Marco Tenaglia’s photography, women are mainly on the move. Their dynamics explode. And if they are in ‘rest position’, it is at most an apparent one, such as that of a lazy tigress. Her love look never loses that shredding. Tenaglia’s photos are mainly in black and white. But thanks to his lighting and harsh tones, this Roman fashion and portrait photographer still manages to bring in a special “color”. Take a good look at his Strong Women and realize: they are dangerous, exciting, deadly. And oh so tempting.

The Mission

“To entertain and inspire others and myself with my work. I love to photograph women, focusing not so much on their beauty as on the strength of their personality. I prefer unapproachable women. Sometimes in opulent and decadent situations, at other times very mundane.”

The Examples

“Helmut Newton, very obvious of course. Brassai, a Hungarian Frenchman who photographed Paris so real in the 1930s, Henry Miller called him “the Eye” of the City of Light. And Elliott Erwitt, an American who gave a completely absurd and ironic twist to everyday reality. I don’t want to leave Horst P. Horst unmentioned either. He achieved iconic status through his fashion photography for Vogue and Coco Chanel, his portraits of Hollywood greats and those of White House Presidents and First Ladies.”

The role of nude

“To be honest, there isn’t even that much nude in my photography; but it seems like a lot. Which in turn is due to the strong erotic charge that I always try to impart to my images. Even if my models are fully dressed, the sensuality of the whole must still splash. I only use nudity functionally, for example to make a photo even more direct.”

The best Marco Tenaglia's photo

“Impossible question … I really don’t know. I mean, one day I’ll point this, the next day I’ll point that. Actually, anyone who looks at the photos can make that choice.”

Favorite model

“I don’t think I have one, it’s really a mer-à-boire these days when it comes to good models. If you ask me which female celebrity I would like to work with… I immediately think of actress Rachel McAdams. What a woman!”

Advice to aspiring photographers

“Today, anyone can shoot a photo – but not everyone is a photographer. Photography is more than the camera and software. It’s also about composition and lighting, about poses and expressions. The best advice I can give: don’t start with a digital camera but an “old-fashioned” analog SLR. A film roll has a maximum of 36 shots, so you shoot very consciously and deliberately. You also do not immediately see the result on the back of your camera. This way you learn to visualize and you can already see in your mind what a photo looks like. For those aspiring to a career as a photographer, remember that you are engaged in a business, not a hobby. Make that clear to people who ask you to “come and shoot a picture” and then think that your work and creativity are at most worth a bottle of wine.”
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