© Gianfranco Gorgoni
© Gianfranco Gorgoni
© Gianfranco Gorgoni

GIANFRANCO GORGONI

Gianfranco Gorgoni was born in Rome in 1941. After his youth in Italy he soon decided to move to the US and his first passion, photography, became a certain job. Since his first months Gorgoni was intrigued by the new social aspects of the the American frontier, which basically were art and young generations. In 1969, infact, he was in Woodstock at the Grotowski’s Open Theatre and at Leo Castelli’s Gallery. The connection with the Open Theatre gave him new ideas and influenced his way to express reality. Woodstock represented the opportunity to shoot portraits and to make extensive reportage of Hippy communities. Gorgoni’s photographic career is tightly linked to the history of contemporary art. With Leo Castelli he had access to major artists studios such as Andy Warhol, Richard  Serra, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and many more. In this sense his survey (works available for sale) become real documentation of art history. Many international magazines such as Times, L’Espresso, New York Times, Paris Match, Newsweek,  realized the uniqueness of his pictures and started to commission work on a regoular base His works have been exhibited in several solo and group shows worldwide from Europe to America and Japan, such as the 1996 exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milano and the 2005 retrospective at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Colorado. Photology has been representing Gorgoni's work in group shows such as UAI – United Artists of Italy, in 2008, and The New York scene. Sex, Art & America Culture 70-80, in 2009. Photology organized his touring show Spiral Jetty (exhibition still available), in Milano, Bologna, New York, publishing a deluxe anniversary edition (book available for sale) to go with it.