Italian photographers showcase ‘prime mannequin’ chickens in new espresso desk e-book

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Breathtaking landscapes. Timeless artwork masterpieces. Massive shiny pictures of huge shiny people.

You set espresso desk books that includes any of the above in your front room they usually say: “These giant books I never open reflect my taste.” However do additionally they say say one thing else? Do they, maybe say, “I’m boring”?

A brand new espresso desk e-book by two Italian photographers will certainly not say that. It is designed solely to showcase the great thing about chickens.

As It Occurs host Carol Off spoke with Matteo Tranchellini, and his work associate, Moreno Monti, about their uncommon e-book referred to as CHICken, which they funded by means of a Kickstarter marketing campaign. 

Right here is a part of their dialog.

Matteo, why did you resolve to {photograph} these stunning chickens?

That is our ardour as a result of we now have a studio in Milano with a bit backyard. We need to have some pets. We resolve to purchase some rooster, some little rooster, stunning rooster — a cocincina —​ not a well-liked rooster.

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After we purchase the rooster, we contact the farmer and the farmer invite us to {photograph} some rooster in an exhibition.

The work begin within the exhibition as a result of we begin to {photograph} some rooster and we perceive this animal is unimaginable —​ like mannequin. 

(Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini)

However these are like vogue vogue artwork footage of those chickens. These are beautiful.

Yeah, as a result of when the farmer requested us to {photograph} the rooster we realized that chickens are like mannequin — prime fashions. On this second, we perceive that the capturing could be very totally different from the beginning of the work.

We’re taken with the great thing about this animal. On this exhibition, there was many, many chickens. We select some chickens.

After we begin with one exhibition we needed to go to a different one and one other one, extra. After we had 300 pictures of many, many chickens, we realized we had many materials to make … we do not know what. 

A e-book —​ lastly, sure. You might have simply probably the most wonderful chickens. Do you know there have been so many alternative sorts?

No. We found on the exhibition. We do not know a lot about rooster, rooster and every little thing. We found many, many individuals are enthusiastic about this animal. We have been in entrance of the highest fashions. 

(Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini)

How a lot co-operation did you get from these chickens?

When the rooster was on the stage they keep 5, 10 minutes most, as a result of there was the flash, the digital camera, folks round. The rooster make what they need. After 10 minutes, it is inconceivable to shoot them.

Do you suppose they preferred having all this consideration?

I feel sure, as a result of you may see on the image. They’re like a star, an actress, a mannequin. You possibly can see in each animal the character of the animal. 

(Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini)

They strut fairly a bit. Did you get roosters or simply chickens?

Many rooster and lots of rooster. Half and half, I feel.

Did any of your fashions turn into dinner?

No, no, no. Completely no. This sort of rooster are just for magnificence.

Did you harvest their eggs?

Sure, sure. Not an excessive amount of as a result of the choice is just for the wonder. 

(Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini)

Now, I noticed a video of you and your associate, of you and Moreno, and also you have been talking rooster to at least one one other. You speak rooster?


Alright, are you able to communicate rooster for us?


(Moreno Monti joins dialog: Moooh-bah-bow-bow-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bow-moh-moh-bah-bah-bow-bow.”)

That is great! They’ve taught you a lot, many phrases these chickens.

You perceive?


Written by John McGill. Interview produced by Anna Cianni. This interview has been edited for size and readability. For extra on this story, take heed to our full interview with Matteo Tranchellini — and his chicken-talking work associate, Moreno Monti.