Music Photographer Alex Ruffini Dies @ 50 – Tribute

Professional music photographer Alex Ruffini has died after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer.  He was 50 years old.

Several tributes have been embedded below.



Alex Ruffini was born in Venice in 1968.

In 1980, Kiss performed in Italy for the first time, and Alex was impressed by the mix of music, stage design and make-up, which nurtured an ultimate passion for rock and for the artists’ different personalities on stage.

During his teens, Alex had no real master: he drew inspiration from photographers like Fin Costello, Neil Zlozower , Mark Weiss, and Ross Halfin. This helped him to open his eyes and mind, which allowed him to absorb the inspiring techniques of these artists. This inspiration led him into the darkroom, where he acquired his special skill in black-and-white processing.

While he divided his time between his job and his main passion, he never missed a chance to snapshot his favorite artists, initiating a free-lance career which was soon acknowledged by international magazines, such as Guitar Player (USA), Muen Magazine (USA), Scandinavian Tattoo (SWE), Sandman (UK), Tattoo Energy (UK and Italy), Freewey Magazine (IT), and Power Play (UK).

Ruffini’s talent was also appreciated by musicians themselves, including Dokken, Eric Sardinas, Bonfire, Antiproduct, House Of Shakira, L.A. Guns, Duff McKagan and Loaded, Hardcore Superstar, Jake E. Lee, Paul DiAnno, Richie Kotzen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Salas among many others.

In 2007, his shots appeared in renowned trademarks’ catalogs, such as Ibanez, Esp, Gibson, Yamaha, Music Man, Vox, Crafter, Framus and Dv Mark.

One of Ruffini’s peculiarities was his ability to work without a fixed set, improvising each time and therefore creating ever different and original situations.