Augusto De Luca graduated in law, then became a professional photographer in the mid-1970s, working along the boundary line between traditional and experimental photography. With his style, he has been going through multiple photography genres, making use of many materials, always trying with his snapshots to enhance primary elements, minimal expression units that make up images in which shapes and signs combine in a way that is reminiscent of metaphysical atmospheres. His photographs have been exhibited by many galleries.
De Luca is the author of record covers, advertising campaign pictures and photography books. He taught photography at the “Montecitorio Club” of the Italian Parliament.
De Luca's exhibition held at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1995 was attended by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (10th President of Italy), Nilde Iotti (President of the Chamber of Deputies) and Giorgio Napolitano (11th President of Italy).
In 1996 De Luca was awarded the "Città di Roma" Prize together with Ennio Morricone for the book Roma Nostra.
Telecom Italia recruited him for designing a special edition telephone card featuring Naples, with a circulation of 7 million copies and four telephone cards featuring Paris, Dublin, Berlin and Bruxelles, with a circulation of 12 million copies.
“Light enhances but its shadow deletes, thus giving the picture its depth, its third dimension and its subtractive properties… I believe that commitment and technical skill can be achieved by means of one’s own will and study, while fantasy and passion are more valuable because they are innate and inescapably peculiar assets”
“All my photographs seep through EMOTION, through the relationship I establish with the place I am portraying. Whenever I see something that captivates me, I start turning around it to find MY OWN frame. I work on myself and on the city at the same time”
“I need geometry to set the grammar of the image expressive language. The structural skeleton, the composition and the geometric layout provide a perspective from which one can read the image; otherwise we would do what Dadaists did when they put words in a little bag and then took them out at random in order to compose a poem”
“An incipient Mother Man has always inhabited my deeper self; creativity has always been my companion ... I have tried to express myself in a very definite style but by means of all kinds of materials and formats. I wish to discover how my own creativity unfolds under different circumstances”
“I feel like a sailor, or better, like an explorer of the immense universe of art. The artist is a discoverer in search of the keys that open the door to emotions and feelings. Art is the place where rationality, fantasy, truth and fiction mix up in a detonating mixture”
“Great photography comes about at the right time but it also needs the right cut that enhances that precise moment ... Photography must feed on both contents and form, if it gives up the one for the other it is not going to last”
“I possess multiple souls, that come out month in month out, year in year out. I am a photographer, a performer, a lawyer, a collector, a musician. I am all that, I do not throw anything away, I just allow my diverse souls to take turns…If you take pictures for the sake of other people, your true essence will never come out, you will end up with doing things others already did, just because you know that people like them .... My photographs convey my ideas, passions, monsters, who I am and what is on my mind”