Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri exhibits at Paul Smith Mayfair

Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in Milan in 1938. With a career spanning nearly half a century Barbieri has photographed some of the great beauties; Monica Bellucci, Audrey Hepburn, Anjelica Huston, Iman and Jerry Hall. In 1965 he joined Italian Vogue and produced the cover of its first issue. His work for Italian, French, American and German editions of Vogue subsequently led to publicity work with the great designers; Valentino, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabanna and Vivienne Westwood. In 1978 the German magazine, Stern, ranked him among the fourteen top fashion photographers and it was during this period that his assignments for Conde Nast publications led him to remote island destinations where his passion for fashion evolved to include nature and man’s interaction with it.

Paul Smith will be exhibiting 14 of Barbieri’s photographs at his Mayfair shop. All photographs are exclusive to Paul Smith and will comprise of seven fashion images and seven from Barbieri’s ‘ethnic’ archive.

1 Anjelica Huston for Walter Albini by Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1973
2 Gian Paolo Barbieri - Motta Editore
3 A History of Fashion - Ed. Photology

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