Issue #23

Francesco Carrozzini

Il Sognatore

Francesco Carrozzini was born in Italy and raised in Milan. He is an Emmy-award nominated director, well known internationally for his narrative and cinematic style in portrait and fashion photography. Francesco’s career started in 2001 at age 19, while still in college as a philosophy major. While in school, he directed a promo for Italian MTV. Since then, he has also pioneered the New York Times ‘Screen Tests’ series, a collection of interviews featuring some of today’s most influential people.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I am a photographer and film director. For leisure, I spend my time traveling, listening to music and watching movies. I travel to Europe for work and pleasure multiple times a year. At least twice a year, I return to my hometown of Portofino. Music is a big part of my life and work – I always have music on my sets to set the mood for my photo shoots.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

At that time in my life, I knew that I needed to leave Italy to start a new adventure. Since I moved here ten years ago, I have rarely thought about moving back to Italy. New York is the biggest city for the photography industry, but also the city is very stimulating in itself.

Please share your best memory in the City.

That would have to be the first time I saw Central Park in the snow and walked through it. The park was beautiful and I’d never seen anything like it before. Central Park becomes just a little more quiet when it snows because the sound is cushioned by snow on the ground.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

These are the clothes that I wear day-to-day and I felt most comfortable shooting in my own home. I generally wear very casual clothes that represent my outlook on life. I try to be simply and minimal with what I wear and the same goes for how I decorate my house.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

I think ITALIANY.US is a great project because it gives value to Italy, my country, my home and my culture.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

I’m proud to be an ambassador abroad. I feel great representing the culture and style that I adore the most. I always try to incorporate some aspects of Italian culture in my work and general lifestyle.

  • Manhattan, NY


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    120 mins

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