EYE HEART AND MIND: FIFTY YEARS OF BEAUTY IN FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
From November 23rd to December 20th 2016, 29 Arts In Progress Gallery in Milan (Via San Vittore, 13) hosts a show that revisits half century of Gian Paolo Barbieri’s career, one of the most important internationally known fashion photographers.
The review, from the title Eye, Heart and Mind: fifty years of beauty in fashion photography, proposes 40 among his most known subjects, silver salts vintage prints and Polaroids, also including some unpublished releases.
Famous for the theatricality of his sets, Gian Paolo Barbieri has known how to represent the spirit of fashion photography, in all of its shades, from seduction to provocation, from myth to elegance.
Considered the most accredited interpreter of the Made in Italy, Barbieri created photographic campaigns for maisons such as Valentino, Armani, Missoni, Versace, Ferré and Dolce & Gabbana.
His work for French, American and German Vogue magazine has brought him to collaborate with international stylists such as Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
The same Yves Saint Laurent has stated “Gian Paolo Barbieri crosses the sumptuous elegance of female portraits and scenes of poor districts with the same soul, the same love. A secret that doesn’t belong to him. I have deep admiration for Gian Paolo, I consider him a sensitive photographer, human and capable of dignified emotional involvement.”
The photos for fashion magazines, studio portraits, shots taken during breaks on the set bring back to life a colored fresco of the world of fashion and its dimension suspended among reality and imaginary.
Among the divas and models that posed in front of his camera Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Hall, Vivienne Westwood, Eva Malstrom, Aly Dunne, Mary Jonasson, Veruschka, Anjelica Huston, the Italian Isa Stoppi, Simonetta Gianfelici, Ivana Bastianello, Monica Bellucci.
The exhibition, in the circle of the events during the Photo Vogue Festival calendar, is a must-attend occasion for revisiting how much photography has been able to express in the world of fashion and to come into contact with an universe of enormous charm and formal elegance.