Ray Giubilo became a professional photographer in Sydney in the mid eighties when Australia was becoming the mecca for young fashion photographers from all over the world. These photographers were migrating attracted to Australia by the beautiful light and the opportunity to build up a portfolio by working with all the new fashion magazines that were opening there at the time.
Ray found himself in the middle of this new movement and, having learned the basics of black & white photography while he was at college in England, he felt that taking pictures was what he wanted to do more than anything else.
“It wasn’t easy at the beginning. During the day I was testing models and experimenting with all the possible outdoor lighting situations, always looking for new locations. At night I was studying photography at college.
To gain experience, I started assisting all sorts of photographers. Every chance I had to assist was good, since it helped me to learn something new. I started gaining more and more confidence, so I rented a big space with a roof top, where I built a studio and started my experiments with artificial lighting.
I soon started working by shooting fashion catalogues, still life and portraits. But I slowly realized that I wanted more from movement in my photos and that wasn’t possible with the work I was getting at the time.
I’ve always loved the work of Martin Munkacsi and Alexander Rodchenko - two great masters of movement, and I felt the need to gain some experience with photo reportage.
A series of lucky circumstances and my passion for sport landed me an accreditation in 1989 for a tennis tournament and that was the turn of my career.
Today I travel 9 months of the year covering the major tennis events - an average of 10 tournaments a year. My work has been published all over the world and I have shot advertising campaigns and catalogues for many international clients like Sergio Tacchini, Fila, Prince and Wilson.
I have recently shot the world advertising campaign for Fizik, a brand of bike saddles.
Travel photography, sailing and winter sports are other fields that I cover in between tennis tournaments”.
You can contact Ray via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray's work can also be seen on his websites at www.raygiubilo.com and www.tennisphotographer.com.