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Gian Paolo Barbieri Unconventional


In November 2022 through to the April '23, 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS in Milan presented an exhibition ‘GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI: UNCONVENTIONAL’, a selection of unseen colour photographs by the Artist who was the winner of the 2018 Lucie Award for Best International Photographer (Outstanding Achievement in Fashion).


The exhibition presented a highly innovative selection of images to the public, both in terms of their setting and styling, the fruit of the unmistakable genius of the Artist. It is a style of photography that is at once ironic and sophisticated, both rare and provocative, rich with references to art history, eclectic outdoor sets in exotic locations, and allusions to cinema that eco Barbieri’s experiences as a young man studying at Cinecittà in Rome.

The exhibition showcased intimate, spontaneous shots of models and celebrities such as Eva Herzigova, Isa Stoppi and Donatella Versace counterbalanced with iconic photographs which Barbieri – one of the most brilliant interpreters of Made in Italy – created for some of the most famous ad campaigns for Italian and international fashion brands such as Versace, Ferrè, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino e Armani.

The exhibition opened just a few days after the release in Italian cinemas of the first docufilm made about the life and career of Gian Paolo Barbieri, ‘The Man and The Beauty’, already winner of the audience award at Biografilm Festival 2022 in Bologna.


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