Clients: La Mer, Clinique, American Express, Audubon Society, Architectural Digest, Brian McCarthy Interiors, Bunny Williams Interiors, Condé Nast Traveler, US, Conde Nast Traveler, UK, Conde Nast Traveler Italy, Crate & Barrel, DCasa Italy, Elle Decor, Flair Magazine, Food & Wine, Galerie Magazine, Geo, Geo Saison, Gilt, Hemispheres, Icon Magazine, John B. Murray Architects, Lexus Magazine, New York Magazine, Tom Scheerer Interiors, Town & Country, Town & Country Travel, Vanity Fair, Velvet Magazine, Vendome Press, Veranda, Williams-Sonoma Home.
People: Giò Pomodoro, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Bolton, Thom Browne, Marta Minujín, Martine Assouline, Gary Player, Kelly Kline, Elizabeth Peyton, Rodriguez Calero, Principessa Barberini, and Olivia the Pig’s Ian Falconer.
Architects & Designers: Bunny Williams, Tom Scheerer, Thomas O’Brien, John B. Murray, Pietro Cicognani, Gil Schafer, David Netto, Brian McCarthy, Richard Mishaan, Celery Kemble, Charlotte Moss, Ashley Whitaker, Suzanne Kasler, Patrick Mele, Nick Olsen, Richard Langham, Cathy Kincaid.
Francesco utilizes a digital and sometimes analog approach to image-making which has resulted in several books, exhibitions, campaigns, and countless editorial publications. Fluent in Italian and German reflecting his upbringing originally from the Italian Campania region, near Naples, Francesco was raised in the rural countryside of Munich, Germany. Throughout his career, he continues to connect his audience to relevant experiences through his lens which has earned him the loyal trust of his commercial clients.
Today, Francesco’s studio is in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
"Francesco Lagnese is a discerning photographer who is moving fluidly between different disciplines of commercial photography and his personal practice. If it’s choosing the best natural light in a remote location or getting a feel for a person’s temperament, Lagnese enduringly gets the job done with natural ease. His truest gift as a photographer is his understanding and use of light. Light infuses and caresses his subjects, both living and inanimate, with tenderness and care, often revealing them in their mysterious loveliness. The observer is pulled into Lagnese’s magical lens and becomes witness to earthly beauty laid bare.
A room is no longer a room, it is inhabited with soul; an object is no longer dead weight, it is suffused with spirit; a landscape is no longer sand and shrub, it is a pastoral symphony.
A commonality often shared by the great photographers of our times is how their environment responds to their eye. Great photographers are not savage Beauty hunters, they are discerning Beauty collectors: they see her, they nurture her, she responds in kind to the caress of their eye and they, in turn, capture her sweet essence and soft offering.
Francesco is, in fact, a scribe of the highest order: he patiently lies in wait to pluck the fairest moment from the intractable jaws of time and immortalizes this silver second for eternity. It is no wonder then that Lagnese is a cherished human being in the lives of the greatest designers today. He sublimates the best of their work and they shower him with a companionable affection and open admiration rarely seen between client and trade these days. Francesco’s clients know that their creations will sing as purely as they shine on the page and trust his vision implicitly as he has a facile and tacit understanding of where the shot is and what angle shows the subject off best. " Henrietta Southam - Interior Designer