The first step is always assessing what the goals of my pupil are. But don't worry, it is normal if you don't exactly know, at this stage.
There is no right or wrong and the basics of photography are the same if you are taking a snapshot of your granny or if you are doing Astrophotography for NASA.
Each class starts with a clear presentation of what will be achieved on the day and why. I like breaking down photography in simple units that can easily be understood and practiced.
My approach is very hand on and all topics are explained, discussed and then tried on camera, so you can familiarise with both the concepts and the medium at the same time, having fun and not having to learn by heart tons of notions. This also means you'll improve quickly with your skills and get a nice boost in your confidence.
I leave plenty of time for questions and revising and handout PowerPoint presentations, examples and resources that you can go back to after class.
I work at the British Museum across different projects, capturing the collection to make it available to a larger public.
I taught general, studio and archaeological Photography and Photoshop to dozens of students of any level, sharing the passion and the technical know how that go in a picture you'll cherish forever.
With a background in analog photography and darkroom printing, I freelance for the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and private clients as objects and portrait photographer and recently started experimenting with cyanotypes.
Expertise includes Portrait, Landscape, Object and Travel Photography, Image Editing and Teaching.
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Accomplished Masters graduate with a track record of academic and employment achievement. Completed Master Degree programmes in both Egyptian Archaeology and Languages & Cultures of the Ancient Near East and have gained extensive employment experience in photography (published photographer), digitization and the services sector. Key strengths include photography, customer relationship management, organisation, project management and communication skills. Capable of working on own initiative and equipped with a high degree of determination, self-motivation and ability to achieve or exceed objectives and targets. Currently seeking an opportunity to develop skills set and make a valuable contribution to a progressive organisation.
Planned and executed the digitisation of the Original Drawings from A. H. Layards' excavation of Niniveh.
Responsible for shooting for digitisation of Ashurbanipal's Library & UR projects, including setting-up, lighting, final outcome and quality check. Recognised for ability to deliver quality services for photographs in line with targets.
Started volunteering under the supervision of a senior photographer at the British Museum and then appointed to the role. Enhanced set-ups to address various challenges as required and for objects, materials and textures.
Speaker at Origins 5 Conference at the Institute Français d'Archéologie Orientale in Cairo in April 2014 (leading conference on studies of Predynastic period in Egypt). Presented results of MA Dissertation, which aroused a great deal of interest.
Imaging and Documentation Assistant, British Museum Nov 2015 – To Date
Macro photography of coins, medals and tokens; image editing; database management; problem solving in all aspects of image control; providing photographic training and assistance within the department.
Using expertise to devise best set ups for different materials (bronze, silver, porcelain, gold) and ensuring a coherent work-flow. Demonstrating knowledge of Photoshop tools, actions and batch processing. Effectively liaising with multiple internal teams and curators.
Ensuring images are labelled with the correct identification number to enable bulk upload in Digital Assets; creating basic records for any objects that lack them; identifying any issues with the database records of the imaged objects. Managing equipment and museum assets in line with requirements. Maintaining stringent application to H&S standards.
Archaeological Excavation Photographer (IEHMTS), British Museum Sep 2016 – To Date
Responsible for the photography of excavation areas, artefacts and people working on the project and photography training of participants in London and on field
Photographer, Freelance Oct 2013 – To Date
Providing freelance services aligned to client requirements.
Project Curator, British Museum (Layard Original Drawings) Dec 2017 – Mar 2018
Responsible for the planning and creation of high-quality images of the Original Drawings from A. H. Layard's excavation of Niniveh, for entry into Digital Assets, project partners databases and project website.
Project Curator, British Museum (UR project, Digitisation) Jan 2016 – June 2016
Producing high-quality images of selected objects from Ur, for entry into Digital Assets, project partners databases and project website. Ensuring creative methods are used for the more challenging objects.
Providing advice on best practice for digitisation.
Completing documentation of the find spots of all inscribed objects from Ur in the project database.
Responsible for the supervision and guidance of volunteers.
Managing equipment and museum assets in line with requirements. Maintaining stringent application to H&S standards.
Digitisation Fellow, British Museum (Ashurbanipal's Library) Jan 2015 – Dec 2015
Producing high-quality images of tablets (40 per day - 6 to 14 shots) for entry into Digital Assets and project partners databases. Conducting studio shoots, tethering, re-touching (colour, consistency, size, maintenance) and Photoshop processing. Conducting keyword input, saving files as required and using skills in Photoshop.
Producing images of a large number of objects to stringent deadlines. Demonstrating care and knowledge regarding the handling and photographing of ancient objects. Effectively working with multiple internal teams and curators.
Using range of equipment including various models of Canon and Nikon DSLRs, Elinchrome, strobes/strobe lights, Wacom Bamboo pen & touch graphics tablet (Microsoft & Mac). Managing equipment and museum assets in line with requirements. Maintaining stringent application to H&S standards.
Photographer, British Museum, Middle East Department Apr 2013 – Dec 2014
Project Director: Dr Jonathan Taylor. Lead photographer: Kristin Phelphs. Worked on the Ashurbanipal Library and UR Projects in a voluntary capacity.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
MA Egyptian Archaeology (Upper 2nd), University College London, Sep 2011 – Oct 2012
Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Richard Bussmann, Lecturer in Society & Culture of the Ancient Egypt
Subjects: Ancient Egyptian Society & Culture, Archaeology of the Near East & Mediterranean Basin, Archaeological Theory, Landscape Archaeology.
MA Languages & Cultures of Ancient Near East, Pisa University, Italy Nov 2005 – Oct 2009
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Flora Silvano, Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology
Subjects: Ancient Egyptian History & Language, Archaeology of the Near East, History of Religions.
BA Oriental History & Archaeology, Pisa University, Italy, Sep 2002-Oct 2005
RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) Workshop, Cairo, (April 2014)
Modules: Theory: hand-held & dome techniques; related software; archaeological & museum applications. (Computational photographic method that captures subject’s surface shape & colour and enables interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction.
Archaeological Photography Course (Jan 2013-Mar 2013)
Subjects: digital imaging, manipulation & output of digital files (Photoshop & Illustrator); architecture, standing remains & object photography; use of shift lenses, studio lighting & flash.
Ethnographic Object Analysis Course (May 2012)
Topics: Analytical techniques for examining materials, document & describe ethnographic objects through classification & computer documentation systems; handling, conservation assessment techniques; practical exploration of issues relating to exhibition, design, representation & storage.
PUBLISHED WORKS (Photography) and Publications include
The British Museum Magazine 80, Winter 2014: 46, 49
Giannese, A. 2015. Conflict-related representations in the 4th Millennium Egypt. A study on ideology of violence (Part 1), Cahiers Caribéens d'Egyptologie 19-20
Giannese, A. 2016. Conflict-related representations in the 4th Millennium Egypt. A study on ideology of violence (Part 1), Cahiers Caribéens d'Egyptologie 21 (Forthcoming)
Various literary works can be read at (concealed information) (Italian language)
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