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Lope talks with Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Photographer: Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca
Interviewed by Lope Navo

One of our favorite menswear photographers Lope Navo, writing the ever so engaging stories on his blog, set down with the acclaimed fashion photographer Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca:

NAVO: Why did you become a photographer? At what point did you know you want this career?
ANAYA-LUCCA: I always loved taking pictures but never dreamed it could become a career for me. When I was in high school, one of my older brothers, Abel, started taking pictures and I got the bug. On my 18th birthday, my parents bought me my first camera, a Yashica FX3 (I still have it) I told my parents I wanted to major in photography but that did not go over well. My Dad was a cardiologist and to him photography could only be a hobby, so I went to college and majored in Finance. I became a yearbook photographer at my College (I went to school in Kansas City, Mo.). To this day all my college friends think of me as always having a camera around my neck and to them this career is not a surprise but it is to me. After college I moved to NY and after being turned down 4 times…yes, I got 4 rejection letters in one year, I landed a job with Ralph Lauren at the Polo Mansion on 72nd St. in the spring of 1988 in the men’s clothing department selling suits… Continue for more on

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