Andrea’s photographic journey started with his father introducing him to photography; partly because he wanted to keep Andrea busy but also because he wanted to steer him away from the music industry. Andrea was heavily into the Punk scene, actually being one of the first punks in London, hanging out with the Sex Pistols and so forth. So when his father realised that he enjoyed photography, he decided to take him to see photographer Bardo Fabiani, who said that Andrea could work for him as his 3rd assistant. Only 16 years old at the time, he gladly accepted and left school.
Just for a little background info, third assistants weren’t getting paid; they were not allowed to touch the cameras, they were not allowed to touch the lights or to talk to anybody on set, especially the models. Your job was to be first in and last out of the studio, cleaning up, doing the dishes and grocery shopping. After a year his parents moved from London to Kuwait, he was 17 at the time. In order to support himself he had to get a night-job and managed to get one working as a porter in the cloakroom at a nightclub in London, where he worked with Boy George who was the DJ there.
3 Years passed by and he managed to land a job shooting for Conde Naste, Vogue.