Almondbury artist Marco Zaffino makes his mark on the Continent
Aug 7 2010 by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
AN ALMONDBURY artist is making his mark in Europe after being chosen to display his work at a Berlin exhibition.
It’s already been a promising year for Marco Zaffino.
The talented film-maker wowed audiences at the London Short Film Festival at the beginning of the year with his eight minute production The Faery Tale of Rose and Magdalene.
The married dad-of-two then went on to pick up an excellence award at the Honolulu International Film Festival for his feature film Kino.
Now, his photographic artwork is causing a stir too, after being chosen to go on show at Brighton Fashion Week in June.
Since then, the former All Saints’ High School pupil has landed an art agent, Helga Fox.
His work is now set to appear at London’s Talent Expo in the Autumn and as part of group exhibition in Berlin in October.
Marco, 37, said: “I’m really proud because the competition for photographers is stupid, especially for a boy from up North.
“This has been the most exciting year yet. I feel it is my most rewarding.
“I have spent the last 20 years pushing galleries and it feels so great to be finally getting somewhere.
“I’m not making any money out of it, but that’s not what it is about.
“It is my creative passion and being able to show my work in the best places possible.
“If money eventually comes from that, then cool.
“But it is not the driving factor at all, and I think that’s why my work is so different because it’s about the art form.”
Marco – who lives on Benomley Crescent with wife Becki and their children Finnian, five, and two-year-old Indigo – shot most of his photography work on moorland around Huddersfield, using friends as models.
He has also just finished penning his first novel – Pure Bred Chihuahua – which is awaiting publishing.
And following his film success, he is now working on a web-based project, which he hopes will revolutionise the industry.
He added: “It is kind of top secret at the moment but very exciting.
“It is a whole new format for filmmaking, that could change the look of independent film making.
“It’s going to be revolutionary, but I can’t say too much at the moment.”
Marco is building on his feature film Kino to launch the project later in the year.