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Andrea Rocca, born in Rome, Italy, lives and works in London, England.

He began his career as a documentary and advertising photographer while still at school in the mid-1980s.

In 1989 he moved to London and had to decide whether to study photography or music, which by this time had become another passion. He opted for music. Building a career as a composer for film and dance theater meant that photography took a back seat for a few years. As a composer, he wrote music for feature films, contemporary dance companies, documentaries and television programs.

In the early 2000s, Rocca began photographing again. Photography quickly became an important aspect of his life. He currently composes, performs, produces in his recording studio for other artists and works in parallel on his photography projects - all of which increasingly overlap and intertwine. He works with film, video and digital technology.

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Here is a selection of his work. On request, we will be happy to send you an extended selection of works that may be for sale.

Andrea Rocca captures souls, lights, laughter and abysses with his camera and makes the rhythms and tempos, beats and blues of the big cities tangible. "Somewhere on Earth" is the overarching title of his photographs.

It is difficult to say whether his photos were taken in London, Rome, Paris or wherever; the faces of the cities and the living conditions of their inhabitants are always more similar.

There is a common thread running through his work, which is certainly linked to the surrealist movement. Eroticism, confusion, tension, trance states, childhood feelings, hints of longing and a sense of humor inherent in horror films and scary stories overlay the inherent presence of people's lives in abandoned places and among discarded objects.

The works of photographers such as Diane Arbus, Miyako Ishiuchi, Takuma Nakahira, Daidō Moriyama, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Ralph Eugene Meatyard inspire him as much as those of writers such as Georges Bataille, J.C. Ballard, Raymond Queneau, William Burroughs and many musicians.

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