Alberto Vasari is a Brooklyn based photographer.
When he is not on assignment he can often be found pursuing his other lifelong passion of martial arts. He trains at the world famous Renzo Gracie Academy where he studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. He shares his love of both photography and martial arts by teaching at risk and special needs kids in Brooklyn.
In his own words.
“Having been born to immigrant parents I was always aware that there was a world outside of my neighborhood. At an early age I developed a love of drawing and painting. I didn't actually pick up a camera until my thirst for adventure, as well as a desire to give back to the country that offered my family hope, motivated me to join the Marine Corps. It was there that I first began shooting with a friend's camera and was moved by the power of photography to
capture so much emotion in the fraction of a second. At that time I had little idea that I would eventually dedicate myself to photography as a career. Studying photography and film at the University of Illinois in Chicago I quickly learned that I was better suited to shoot a camera than a rifle.
My thirst for adventure has not subsided and I continue to travel whenever possible.Photography is an art that teaches me about the world as well as myself. It satisfies my hunger to learn, to explore the world and to connect with others. As a teenager serving in the Middle East I recall hoping I might make it home in one piece. I swore that if I returned home safely I would pursue my dreams without reservation.The amazing experiences I’ve had through photography have deepened my respect for people from all walks of life.”