My name is Andrés Matarife, I studied photography in 2001 at the American College of Photography Ansel Adams, later I continued my studies in 2003 at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía. Throughout my studies, I concentrated on analog photography, as during that period I had a purist posture. In mid-2010 I became more flexible and ventured into digital photography. At the beginning it was somewhat frustrating, it was as if I had never held a camera, but with many hours of practice, I became equally comfortable using my digital camera as if it were my old movie camera.
Since my student days, it was never my intention to make photography my job, photography for me was my art, a personal refuge where I could dive in to express the ideas of my mind.
I have two main influences in my work: cinema, which I have studied intensely since I was a teenager and paintings throughout all its periods of history, feeling a very special and profound influence by Caravaggio.