Art Box – A selection of five images from the famous Italian fashion photographer.
All fine art prints have been produced under the supervision of Gian Paolo Barbieri.
Format 16x20 inches (about 40x50cm)
Hahnemühle William Turner, 310 gsm, 100% Cotton, Ink Jet
Protected by an antacid passepartout
Signed, numbered and certified
Stored in an entirely handmade Art Box in an edition of 7
Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in Milan into a wealthy family of fabric wholesalers, learning from a young age the art of knowing the fabrics, knowledge that would become very useful to his profession as a fashion photographer. But during his teenage years it would be other places to captivate his attention: theatres, in the first place, which would feed and bring out his fantastic vein; discovering, not long after, the cinema that would reveal it self to be a life long passion. Following this passion he moves to Rome in 1962.
To manage, in the meantime, he develops and prints out the pictures taken of upcoming starlets and aspiring divas. But not for long.
Life would take him elsewhere, to Paris, to work as photographer Tom Kublin's assistant.
And it is this experience of two "excruciating" months that would launch him into the world of photography.
In 1965 he joined Italian Vogue, and produced the cover of its first issue. His work for the Italian, French, American and German editions of Vogue led on to publicity work with the great fashion designers Valentino, Armani, Saint Laurent, Ferrè, Versace and Dole & Gabbana.
In 1978 the German magazine Stern ranked him among the fourteen top fashion photographers.
His photographs are on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Kunstforum in Vienna and the National Portrait Gallery of London.