Santiago Gatto is a Spanish photographer who uses his 80 MP Leaf Credo to shoot fashion, advertising and unique personal projects featuring the vistas of his homeland. His client roster includes the likes of Renault, Kronenbourg, Font Vella, Evian, Young & Rubican, Coob 92.
Santiago is a long time Leaf user, upgrading to the Credo from an Aptus. “I appreciate the Credo’s speed – especially when shooting tethered - and its highly intuitive graphic user interface. The high image quality and impressive price/performance ratio convinced me to go with the Leaf Credo 80. I currently work tethered to a Mac computer and use Capture One software. I mount my Credo on a Contax 645 but am seriously thinking about moving to the new Mamiya 645DF+
with its large choice of Schneider-Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses.”
The images displayed here are from one of Santiago's personal projects. In this project Santiago celebrates the local culture of the small fishing village in which he spent his childhood by showcasing local scenes with lighting inspired by Goya's paintings. Santiago worked with local fashion designers to find the right costumes for the effect he was seeking to achieve.
Santiago has been a professional photographer since the age of 16 when he began supporting himself with commercial works. When he was twenty, Santiago moved to Barcelona and worked as a freelance photographer, first shooting for newspapers and then proceeding to fashion and commercial work. “After an accident I retired to Alicante in the south of Spain and began a research project in which 20 people collaborated among photographers, designers and video editors.” In Alicante Santiago works with companies like Pedro Miralles, El Dantes, 1to3, Pikolinos, Dialprix, Kelme and Pikey Max.
“I'm not specialized, I move well in many different styles. Medium format provides pleasure from shooting with a quality and clarity impossible in other formats. I have many kinds of customers. Where I live is impossible to specialize, it would be suicide for my business. I'm currently in the midst of building a new studio to appeal to a more international clientele.”