Ep.17 – Edo Zollo Is London’s At Night Voyeuristic Photographer

Edo Zollo has over 24,000 raving fans on Instagram. Why? Well, he is different—and we like different here in London.

Born in Sardinia, Edo settled in London many years ago. It’s the home he loves, so much so, that when you and I are tucked up in bed in the small hours of the morning, Edo is out walking the streets taking discreet candid raw  photographs of Londoners around our wonderful city.

“London at Night” is Edo’s current project which has received great acclaim and been the subject of a short Time Out feature video. Edo has worked on other successful projects, including a focus on HIV sufferers, and Beauty in Older Women, featured on Channel 4’s ‘’Love and Sex when we are over 60’’. Seeing Edo’s work is to see London through fresh eyes.

“I believe that as a photographer, my role is to invite people to view things we take for granted in a different light.”

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It can be said that Edo’s work came to prominence through his photo series that focused on people with HIV. At the time, the public thought HIV only impacted an incredibly small part of the population, the gay community. Edo took it upon himself to expose this myth by photographing the whole range of sufferers of HIV, which were people of all races, ages, and sex. You can live a very long, perfectly normal life with HIV which was something he clearly focused on in this series in order to break down the stigma surrounding HIV.

“We’re trying to move more and more away from labeling people, and try to see people more as an identity.

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Edo’s Beauty in Older Women series came from a friendship with Carol, and 81 year old woman. Through this friendship Edo came to understand that many older women feel invisible in public. The pressure of acceptance for how you look is clearly something that persists into old age, and Edo set out to highlight this beauty and make it visible to the public. These women were so full of energy and life and made the perfect subjects for Edo’s project.

“Beautiful London allows us to be free to talk outside the box.”

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London at Night was simply born because Edo has trouble getting to sleep at night. When he got tired of staying in every night, he decided to hit the streets with his camera.

He started hitting the streets to get out some energy and take some shots to help him get to sleep. It was something he was just doing for himself. He would describe himself as a ‘voyeuristic photographer’ slightly spying on people. Edo keeps his distance and discreetly takes pictures of others, following them around for a bit. His photos keep their identity private and capture slices of moments of other people’s lives.

You can follow Edo’s late night photography at

@EdoZollo on Instagram and also at

EdLondonPhotography.co.uk .

 

 

 

About the author, Steve

Steve has lived and worked in London all his life. It's the place he calls 'home'. It's where his parents and great grand-parents lived before him and where his wife and kids grew up too. Steve's love of his stunning capital city, led to the idea of Your London Legacy, where Londoners tell their story in their own unique voice.

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