© Gian Paolo Barbieri
© Gian Paolo Barbieri
© Gian Paolo Barbieri

GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI

Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in 1935 in Milan, where he still lives and works. In 1965 he began his collaboration with Vogue Italia and with many fashion designers. In 1978 Stern was ranking him as one of the 14 best fashion photographers in the world and in 1982, he published his first book (Artificial) with an introductory text by Richard Avedon. During his photographic sessions on location he came into contact with other antropological cultures that fascinated him: in Tahiti for example, he discovered his inspiration for Gauguin’s paintings and also for the novels by Melville and Cook. Later on he explored other hidden worlds such as Seychelles, Madagascar, Malawi, Tahiti. His hi-esthetical antropological photographs depict a magic myhtical “lost world”, with its innocent flavor: tribal rituals, tattooed warriors, exotic animals, rediscovered plants are always represented in the most beautiful way. While his successful books made Barbieri Taschen best seller artist ever, Photology had various solo exhibitions, from Exotica (1995) and Tahiti Tattoos (1998) to A History of Fashion (2002). On this occasion Photology published A History of Fashion(book available for sale) which was relaunched in Italian bookshops in 2009. Photology included Barbieri’s work (works avaible for sale) in several shows (Cortina, Naples, Torino, Rio de Janeiro) and Artfairs worldwide (Bologna, Torino, Berlin, Basel). His major retrospective was in 2007 at Palazzo Reale in Milano and in London, on April 2008. Recently, in september 2013, Photology highlighted the exhibition Dark Memories in Milano.