Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in Milan in 1938 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: theaters, 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 “ xcruciating" 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 Dolce & 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.
RTL Boulevard on Wednesday 8 january 2014, about our new show with Gian Paolo Barbieri. This is the link to the video.
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