6/8/2015 - Gian Paolo Barbieri, a director of fashion
An exhibition of 50 photographic works organized and produced under the patronage of the Town of Taormina, Taormina Art and Taormina Film Festival, now in its 61st edition,  is showed at Palazzo Corvaja from 13th to 20th June. Considered one of the best photographers of international fashion, with a taste sublime, his photographs are on display, among other things, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Kunstforum in Vienna and at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The selection of images is mainly devoted to fashion and its protagonists and the exhibition spans more than forty years of photography in which the theatricality of his sets made of Barbers one of the favorite performers of the Made in Italy, Valentino, Armani, Missoni Versace, Ferré by Dolce & Gabbana. Different shades of fashion photography - His work also for editions French, American and German Vogue did collaborate with international designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. The exhibition traces the different nuances of fashion photography, from seduction to the provocation, the myth elegance. Photos for fashion magazines, studio portraits, shots taken during breaks on set return a colorful fresco of the fashion world and its size suspended between reality and imagination. Among the stars and the models put posing Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Hall, Monica Bellucci, Vivienne Westwood, Veruschka, Ann Andersen, Anjelica Huston. A section of the exhibition is devoted to images taken then in tropical paradise of Tahiti, Madagascar and Seychelles, places and distant realities, where Barbieri succeeded with his impeccable taste to combine the spontaneity of the people to the wonder of the landscapes. Who is Gian Paolo Barbieri? - Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in via Mazzini, in the center of Milan in 1938, into a family of wholesalers of fabrics. Just in the department store fabric of his father he acquired the skills that will be useful in his doing fashion photography. As with other large, Armani, for example, is the theater to exert a powerful fascination on the imagination, so much to do to enroll at drama school of Theater Amateur Dramatics, between 1956 and 1957. Later he was given a small part not spoken in "Medea" by Luchino Visconti with Sarah Ferrati and Memo Benassi. American cinema of the 50s is an important basis for him: the plays of Tennessee Williams or actors such as James Dean, Marlon Brando or even Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, beautiful women illuminated by a particular light that made it even more fascinating. The film gives him a sense of movement and the opportunity to bring the Italian fashion outdoors, giving it a different soul. He has the opportunity to go to Rome, in the pure atmosphere "sweet life", where to keep photographing starlets emerging, but not for long. He moved to Paris where he met the photographer of "Harper's Bazaar" Tom Kublin who serves as assistant for a brief but intense period. In 1964 he opened a studio in Milan and started working in fashion, making samples. He manages to get published photo shoots, on "News" magazine that later, in 1966 will become "Italian Vogue". From the moment he began to collaborate with the Condé Nast publishing on "Vogue Paris" since 1973. In 1968 he won the Biancamano as best Italian photographer and the weekly "Stern" puts it among the fourteen best fashion photographers in the international scene. He carries out advertising campaigns for brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Mikimoto and many others, in which we can transform that portrays ideal images, with constant references to the movies thirties and forties. Crucial stage of its process is the experience with Vogue Italy and with top designers such as Valentino, Versace, Ferre, Armani's creations which he played in the '80s, in which the ready-to-wear Italian and Made in Italy conquer the world