Robby Cyron @ GWL Gallery

Magdalena Boczarska. Taken from the bella project

Magdalena Boczarska 
Taken from the bella project

44 women, each beautiful in her own way. At the Warsaw’s GWL Gallery on April 21, the first presentation of the bella project, Robby Cyron’s homage paid to womanhood and essence of his 25-year-long photographic career, will take place.

Everyone who knows Robby Cyron’s artistic work has noticed that he is able to create a magic atmosphere between the model and the camera. He is one of a few photographers who let the woman be herself, focusing the viewer’s attention on the game of lights and shadows. The bella project results from countless meetings during which Cyron was taking pictures of nature of women – these known ones (actresses, dancers, singers) and those close to his heart. This special collection of 37 black-and-white photographs of women presents the real picture of feminine beauty in a natural and minimal way.

“What I wanted to show was not only the women’s beauty, but also their emotions strictly connected with their sense of being a woman,” – says Robby Cyron.

Sabina Wrotny Taken from the bella project

Sabina Wrotny
Taken from the bella project

During the exhibition opening, there will take place the launch of unique, hand-numbered album consisting of 94 photos of women, published in a limited series of 100 copies. The album numbered 001, signed by all the heroins, can be bought during the auction. Besides the album, 10 original photographs in collector’s version will be auctioned too. The charity auction will be run for the Rak’n’Roll Foundation.

Robby Cyron (b. 1970) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | learnt to photograph in a classical advertising photography studio | photographer and curator | owner of the las studio and GWL Gallery (both in Warsaw) | gives analogue atmosphere to his works, often made digitally | co-author of guide books IN (Agora, 2011) and author of the photobook Nath (RC, 2012) | his works have been published by such magazines like MaximGalaCosmopolitanEllePlayboyJoyMusic ExpressGlamourMarie ClaireTwój Styl and doc! photo magazine (doc! #10 & #39), among others.

Robby Cyron – BELLA
@ GWL Gallery (6/8 Racjonalizacji St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 21 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until September 2017

The Robby Cyron exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Piotr Zbierski @ FF Gallery

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For almost 10 years Piotr Zbierski has been consistently making his visual stories. They take the form of expanded and multi threaded series in which he studies both, the world around him and the medium he uses – photography. His photos escape the well known documentary convention, their aesthetics can evoke oneiric associations, suggest some kind of afterimages, sketches. However, it is quite clear which places Zbierski is interested in. The key factor is the meeting with other man, the world and with nature. Getting into new areas, exploring the world of emotions, intensive experiencing of them have become his working method and a condition for creating such images. They are characterised by unprecedented sensitivity of look, specific photographic techniques he uses and the problems he presents. These three elements make up the originality of the creator.

Zbierski uses photography to study mental states, emotions, relationships between science and culture, structures deeper and more hidden than those experienced in everyday and customary perception. Everything is marked by the intimate contact with photographed people, things, places and nature. Without the ability to enter such relationships these images couldn’t have been created. Thanks to that we are given the images which can amaze, intrigue, the pictures that demand our attention and perceptual involvement. The non-obviousness of these pictures makes us associate them with an open work – there is much to be said to oneself but there is also a lot to read out of them.

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The series presented at the exhibition (Dream of White Elephants, Love Has To Be Reinvented and Stones Were Lost from the Base) show the path the photographer follows and in spite of the diversity of the themes of images, the vision of their creator is visible. Undoubtedly, road and travel are important concepts for Zbierski, both understood on different levels. He travels a lot to search for inspirations, looking for such places that have preserved the features of primordiality, the places in which one can experience the magic of cyclicality of repetitive rituals in which there are still remnants of pre-civilisational universe.

Piotr Zbierski (b. 1987) | based in Łódź (Poland) | graduated from Photography at the Łódź Film School | author of award-winning and highly respected series: White Elephants, Here, Love Has to Be Reinvented and Childhood Dreams | has presented his works internationally at individual and collective exhibitions | his series have been published by Shots Magazine, Ninja Mag, Archivo Zine, dienacht, GUP, doc! photo magazine (doc! #8) and contra doc! (cd! #5), among others | winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award | author of the book Push the Sky Away (Łódź Film School, 2016).

Piotr Zbierski – PUSH THE SKY AWAY
@ FF Gallery ( 18 Traugutta St., Łódź, Poland)
Opening reception: April 21 at 6.00 PM
Artist’s talk: May 6 at 3.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until May 6, 2017

The Piotr Zbierski exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Marian Schmidt @ History Meeting House

God's Body. Łowicz (Poland), June 1976

God’s Body.
Łowicz (Poland), June 1976

“When I am taking pictures, I am out of everyday reality that is around me, and I get into a different dimension, into other reality,” – says Marian Schmidt, the author of over 100 photographs, that will be exhibited soon at the Warsaw’s History Meeting House. The photos were taken during numerous trips of Marian Schmidt throughout Poland in the 1970s. There will also be presented a dozen or so contemporary photos from Poland as well as sublime, timeless pictures from the artist’s family archive.

The black and white photographs evoke the PPR climate and they present the changes that have taken place in Poland in recent decades. However, they are not common documentary photos; the author, recording that reality, simultaneously creates creates his own story about the life and condition of man. Painting-like photographs induce different emotions in viewers: joy, sadness, amazement and melancholy.

Farmers' children play near the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this largest centre of the Holocaust, more than one million men, women and children died, most of them Jews. Today, there is a memorial site and a museum. Brzezinka (Poland), 1977

Farmers’ children play near the former German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In this largest centre of the Holocaust, more than one million men, women and children died, most of them Jews. Today, there is a memorial site and a museum.
Brzezinka (Poland), 1977

 

“I’m trying to catch the moment in which something happens in the man’s interior, looking for emotions and then I press the shutter button,” - Schmidt continues. – “That state I call as an ‘intensive moment.’ I feel the relationships between elements of the picture, the model and his surrounding. I avoid chaos in the pictures because I want my photos to be painting-like.”

Miner after work. Siersza Coal Mine. Trzebinia (Poland), 1977

Miner after work. Siersza Coal Mine.
Trzebinia (Poland), 1977

Still in the 1970s, Warsaw was, in a sense, a closed city. In order to get a job in the capital it was necessary to be a permanent inhibitor and it took years to get an apartment. After several years of waiting and paying the so-called contribution, you could get an allocation for a flat in basic state. Warsaw-Bródno (Poland), 1976

Still in the 1970s, Warsaw was, in a sense, a closed city. In order to get a job in the capital it was necessary to be a permanent inhibitor and it took years to get an apartment. After several years of waiting and paying the so-called contribution, you could get an allocation for a flat in basic state.
Warsaw-Bródno (Poland), 1976

The photographer has had over 60 prestigious exhibitions like those in Cracow, Gdańsk, London, New York City, Paris, Poznań, Szczecin, Tokyo, Zurich, Warsaw as well as in his home-town Żyrardów, among others. His pictures belong to collections of the Paris based Kodak-Pathé company, National Library of France in Paris, Museum of Photography in Charleroi (Belgium), Museum Folkwang in Essen (Germany), National Museum in Gdańsk (Poland) and numerous private collections.

Marian Schmidt (b.1945) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | received his Ph.D. of mathematic at the Brandeis University (USA) and of photography at the Łódź Film School (Poland) | his photos from communistic Poland got him to two prestigious photographic agencies – the Black Star in New York City and Rapho in Paris | founder, director and lecturer of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design | author of such albums, like Hommes de Science: 28 Portraits (Éditions Hermann, 1990), Marian Schmidt (Éditions Cercle d’Art, 1994) and Unusual Conversations with Rev. Jan Twardowski (Prószyński i S-ka, 2000), among others.

Marian Schmidt – INSIDE POLAND. MARIAN SCHMIDT. PHOTOGRAPHS
@ History Meeting House (20 Karowa St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 21 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be pen to the public until June 18, 2017

The Marian Schmidt exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Nicolas Grospierre & David Sardaña @ andel’s Hotel Łódź

Taken from the Levantine Rationalism series

Taken from the Levantine Rationalism series

Realism, distance and documentarian objectivity are concepts that emerge at the first thought of photography on modern architecture. None the less, the work of Nicolas Grospierre and David Sardaña tells us much more – thanks to them we can deconstruct these concepts on five different levels.

Level one. René Magritte, with his famous pipe, got us into a semantic predicament. The same game can be used to move between levels. But if the Belgian surrealist maestro questioned works on canvas, here we are suspicious of photography itself. When we see a photograph of a building that states the word edificio (building), don’t we stop seeing it or even believing it? Even as a direct shot, the reality of the image dissolves „caused by” the word. A frame that isn’t accidental puts us in a different state, beyond words and things. Whereas photographed coloured blocks do just the opposite process, but with similar results: the photographic editing is so subtle that it cannot be detected. Buildings that aren’t buildings.

Taken from the Kolorobloki series

Taken from the Kolorobloki series

Level two. To think of modern architecture is to think of Le Corbusier. This “the most practical, democratic and visionary architect of our time” – in the words of Berger – left a widely known legacy that was extended throughout the world… very misunderstood. If the notion of modernity implies a promise of future, then why, when we contemplate these photographed buildings, do we automatically think: “How long will they last?” “Are they still standing today?” It is hard to believe that they can be examples of so called unité d´habitation; they are rather a way of transforming architecture into an efficient business that is sadly perishable.

Level three. The modulor by Le Corbusier, the human scale that should be the foundation of inhabitable architecture, is called into question when observing the vertically cramped accumulation and the urban landscape found in these photographs. Forms that one day wanted to give a neutral element to the ensemble without keeping man in mind. Now a shelter for multitudes, they have been transformed into swarms that secrete as many worlds as they do windows. Façades that house distinct microcosms. Mass-produced geometric shapes mocked by umbrellas, clothespins, awnings and plants. Decorations that are only comprehended by the free imagination of their neighbour.

Level four. It is equally interesting to think that these modern architectural forms derive from the constructivist tradition. Political and aesthetic ironies are echoed in David Sardaña’s photographs (showing this supposed modernity in full on Spanish autarchy) while Nicolas Grospierre uses architecture developed during communism as a basis. Ideologically opposed regimes that share an absolutist foundation erasing all evidence of democratisation.

Level five. Taking the selected buildings out of context is a strategy undertaken by both photographers. Used as isolated subjects, the interpretation of their reality is altered. Decontextualised works show them as elements separated from the integral whole.

Taken from the Levantine Rationalism series

Taken from the Levantine Rationalism series

David Sardaña’s work belongs to the Levantine Rationalism series, a set of photographs of the architecture from Spanish eastern coast that proliferated during the touristic boom of the 1970s, used by the regime to appear open and modern. An unhinged urban development that resulted in the accumulation of illogical and even disrespectful recreational buildings along the coast. Removed from their reality, monumentalised with frontal perspectives or low angles, Sardaña work gives them back their dignity, delves into their abstract origin, extracting their battered beauty and showing the universality of their forms.

Taken from the Kolorobloki series

Taken from the Kolorobloki series

The buildings that compile Nicolas Grospierre’s Atlas are a detailed and exhaustive game of abstraction, which only demonstrate the universalisation of modern forms. A modernity, however, seen through the cracks of its decline as a broken promise of future. If we consider the ironic wink of his Kolorobloki, we reach the highlight of our discourse: what seems like documentary photography is but a montage and clear sarcasm.

Nicolas Grospierre & David Sardaña – CECI N’EST PAS UN BÂTIMENT
@ andel’s Hotel Łódź (17 Ogrodowa St., Łódź, Poland)
Opening reception: April 6 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 7 and May 6, 2017
Curator: Inés R. Artola

The Nicolas Grospierre and David Sardaña exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

20th Film Video Foto Fair

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The 20th jubilee Film Video Foto Fair is closer and closer! The biggest industry event in Poland will become a great opportunity for all fans of film and photographic art again.

During this year’s edition of the fair almost 130 firms will appear, including leading producers and distributors of photo and video industry. Exhibitors will present a rich and varied offer of photographic, film, audio-video equipment and accessories as well as multimedia technologies. The Film Video Foto Fair is a great opportunity to follow the latest trends, test a wide assortment of products or learn about technological innovations. In addition to that, it is an excellent opportunity to establish new and maintain the current business contacts as well as exchange experiences and discuss the industry.

As usual, the fair is accompanied by workshops, seminars, presentations and meetings aimed at professionals dealing with photography and film as well as amateurs. Thanks to the rich programme of accompanying events, everybody will be able to develop their skills and competences by following the best.

The first series of the workshops and trainings is connected with photographing. Tomasz Tomkowiak, Karol Nienartowicz, Robert Wolański, Sławek “hesja” Krajniewski, Marek Arcimowicz, Wiktor Franko and Jacek Bonecki, all respected and repeatedly rewarded photographers, will tell about their experiences.

The people who are interested in filming will certainly listen to the lectures and participate in meetings with Captain Pilot Henryk Kwapisz or Wacław Mączyński, among others. There are also lectures aimed at those who are involved in image processing.

Another attraction for visitors of this year’s Film Video Foto fair is a cycle of author’s talks with famous photographers. The following artists have confirmed their participation: Chris Niedenthal (doc! #6), Jacek Poremba (doc! #8), Marcin Dobas and already mentioned Marek Arcimowicz.

Taken from the Little Princess series

Taken from the Little Princess series

As in the previous edition, the fair will also be accompanied by the Art Zone, the place of meetings with artists representing different kinds of photography and presenting their artistic achievements. During the jubilee edition of Film Video Foto Fair you will be able to meet Magdalena Franczuk, Sonia Firlej, Paweł Brzeziński, Arcadius Mauritz or Yulia Krivich (DEBUTS 2015), among others.

The visitors, after a large dose of information on the newest equipment and software, will be able to see several photo exhibitions, including:

  • DEBUTS (edition 2016)
  • Olympus’ visionaries
  • collective exhibition of the Art Zone’s guests
  • Our World Is Beautiful
  • Opole Landscapes
  • Agata Serge’s Freckles

More info @ www.filmvideofoto.pl

Please note, the first day of the Film Video Foto Fair (April 6) is scheduled for business meetings of the professionals. This day visiting is possible on the basis of invitations, multiple entry cards and media accreditations

20th Film Video Foto Fair
@ Expo-Łódź (4 Politechniki Av., Łódź, Poland)
April 6-8, 2017

Paweł Żak @ Leica Gallery Warsaw

© Paweł Żak_03

“Photographic still life is a double death of a thing.” However, Paweł Żak’s exhibition will be salvation. We will see the perfectly presented reality, shown surprisingly abstractively. A glass of vodka, flowers and a skull just make a seemingly weird set. Yet, in Paweł Żak’s photographic work they make a story. It is also easy to find some reference to Dutch masters of painting there.

Still life is a classic when it comes to visual arts. Sets of static elements put together for compositional purposes, and sometimes for symbolic ones too. Not large, still items are willingly used by painters, but there are definitely fewer photographers interested in this kind of artistic expression. There are very few such masters, who create whole series of still life. No doubt, Paweł Żak is one of them. The artist has been working in this trend for 25 years, constantly amazing the viewer with successive series.

© Paweł Żak_04

His next exhibition will consist of the latest works of the cycle that started in 2008. The works put under one title Core Curriculum and Other Still Lifes unveil Paweł Żak as the mature, minimalistic and (this time) extremely reserved artist. Digitally made images attract attention with their severity and sharpness. Simultaneously, they captivate with minimalism and abstraction.

These photographs are elaborated in every detail. They take the beginning on paper in the form of precise sketches that are then recorded with apothecary accuracy by millions of photodiodes that are selected in the way to make the viewer see what the artist wanted to show on a 1:1 scale. There is no space for mistakes, all the photos are one frame, in which Żak interferes only to the extent that photographic film allows him to.

© Paweł Żak_02

As far as technically there is no room for inaccuracy, visually the images captivate with their ambiguity. One-colour background, spotlessly white and perfectly ironed tablecloth, common to all of the pictures, make the viewer concentrated on the presented items. The items, taken out of time and space, are here and now, in one and unchangeable situation, which, in spite of that, gives you a field for interpretation. And this is the sense of still life.

The exhibition opening will also be the release of the And Other Still Lifes album that consists of photographs taken by Paweł Żak since 2008.

© Paweł Żak_01

Paweł Żak (b. 1965) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | studied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw | graduate from the Academy of Fine Art in Poznan (Multimedia Communication Faculty) | lectures in Photography at the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Photojournalism and ZPAF School of Photography | member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers | presented his works at dozens of group and individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad | his works are in collections of National Library of France in Paris, National Museum in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Museum of Art in Łódź, and in private collections in Poland, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, and the USA | his photographs have been published by many magazines, including contra doc! (cd! #1 & #6).

Paweł Żak – CORE CURRICULUM AND OTHER STILL LIFES
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: March 31 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 1 and May 28, 2017

The Paweł Żak exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

The 20th edition of FILM VIDEO FOTO fair is coming!

 

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At the beginning of April, Łódź will become a Polish capital of photography and filming. During three days of jubilee edition of FILM VIDEO FOTO fair, all those, whose passion is recording the light in the frame and film, will be celebrating their feast.

This year’s edition of the fair will give a great opportunity to see novelties presented by leading producers, service provides and distributors of photographic, film, audio-video equipment and accessories as well as multimedia technologies. The FILM VIDEO FOTO fair is not only the novelties from the world of photography and film, that you can see and test on your own, it is also a wonderful opportunity to meet the most recognisable and experienced experts in both of these fields.

As every year, the FILM VIDEO FOTO fair will offer its visitors a number of lectures and workshops. Every day the trainings will be divided into thematic blocks related to photography, film, print and image processing. There will also be exhibitions and meetings with famous photographers during which they will tell us about their skills and experience. This year’s Art Zone will be divided into Young Polish Photographers – including presentation of the DEBUTS (edition 2016) winners – and Masters of Frames. In addition, there will be meetings with artists presenting their own achievements and different kinds of photography.

The first day of the FILM VIDEO FOTO fair in Łódź, the biggest exhibition of photo, audio and video industry in Central and Eastern Europe, will belong exclusively to the industry representatives for B2B meetings. The next two days will be available to all those who want to develop their skills, gain knowledge of news in technology and meet recognisable experts in the industry of photography and film.

More info @ www.filmvideofoto.pl

FILM VIDEO FOTO 2017
@ Expo-Łódź  (4 Politechniki Av., Łódź, Poland)
April 6-8, 2017 

The FILM VIDEO FOTO fairs are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

International open call for the #SHOWMEYOURUFO project

#SHOWMEYOURUFO © Dawid Planeta

Are we alone? Are we being watched? Who created us and what is the purpose of our lives? Is there a God or do we live in the Matrix? Or maybe we are just an outcome of the aliens’ experiment? Artists from all over the world are now invited to try to answer these questions.

There have been thousands of files on UFO phenomena collected by governments around the world. Countless amount of documents, researches, videos, photographs, sketches, scientific and sci-fi books and movies, but also artistic interpretations of this topic have been created. There is an ongoing discussion between people who believe and people who don’t believe in extraterrestrial life; not forgetting about various movements uniting people who explain the development of human civilisations (paleo-astronautics) as well as beginnings of main religions in alien activities. So many passionate researchers devote their lives to solve the mystery of UFO; the outcome of their work seems to be underestimated by the society.

#SHOWMEYOURUFO is a new project exploring the UFO phenomena – topic that has always been mysterious and appealing to people around the world. Creators of the concept want to join forces with researches and artists from all over the world to create an archive of contemporary visual representations related to UFO and alien conspiracy theories.

#SHOWMEYOURUFO_2017_GIF

Organisers expect works related to the UFO’s topic or it’s visual language, mainly stories and documentations of sightings, or portraits of abductees/witnesses. Regarding the media – it could be photographs, drawings, clippings, short videos or sounds.

To apply, artists need to simply upload the artworks on Tumblr, Instagram or YouTube and add the #SHOWMEYOURUFO hashtag, or submit them to the email address: showmeyourufo@gmail.com. There are no age, number of photos per person or nationality restrictions. Artworks in low resolution (72 dpi) should be accompanied by the participants name, surname, website and contact details. Work must be created by the submitting artist.

The most interesting evidence will be presented during upcoming show in Cracow (Poland) and also published on the showmeyourufo.tumblr.com website. Selected files will be featured in the accompanying zine published on this occasion.

#SHOWMEYOURUFO
>> showmeyourufo.tumblr.com
>> instagram.com/showmeyourufo

The #SHOWMEYOURUFO project is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Un-Posed @ Foto-Gen Gallery

Varanasi (India)

Varanasi (India)

Street photography is based on capturing unusual events, symbols or anecdotes hidden in everyday situations happening in public places. Street photographers observe, notice and capture things, that others are unable to see. They do not arrange their pictures, they save everyday life as it is.

Un-Posed, founded by Damian Chrobak in 2011, is one of the most recognised Polish street photography collectives. Its primary aim is to develop creativity and visual consciousness in public space and promote the achievements of Polish street photographers. Unposed also is the title of its next exhibition soon to be open in Wroclaw’s FOTO-GEN Gallery.

© Adrian Wykrota | Un-Posed

The Unposed exhibition focuses on a human being seen in different situations and photographed in different places around the world. The pictures by 9 photographers – Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), Maciej Dakowicz (doc! #12), Jamie Fyson Howard (doc! #16), Ania Kłosek (doc! #25), Monika Krzyszkowska (DEBUTS 2015), Tomasz Kulbowski, Tymon Markowski, Marta Rybicka (DEBUTS 2016) and Adrian Wykrota (doc! #31) – form a story about the current state of man in terms of behaviours, surroundings and emotions. Why are we drawn to these images? Do we see similarities in our own lives? Have we seen such scenes somewhere before?

Pilgrims from Mexico are waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis on Cracow's Błonia to celebrate Welcome Mass during the World Youth Days. Cracow (Poland), July 28, 2016

Pilgrims from Mexico are waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis on Cracow’s Błonia to celebrate Welcome Mass during the World Youth Days.
Cracow (Poland), July 28, 2016

Despite of the fact that all members of the collective move in the same area of interests, their photographs prove their individual style, which shows complexity and potency of street photography.

Un-Posed – UNPOSED
@
FOTO-GEN Gallery (8 Bp. Nankier Square, Wroclaw, Poland)
Grand opening: March 10 at 6.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public until April 8, 2017

The Un-Posed exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Giovanni Gastel @ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography

Donna, April 1990

Donna, April 1990

Giovanni Gastel’s first encounter with photography took place in the 1970s. At that time, photography was considered a legitimate art form and discipline and started to be collected and shown in the world’s museums and galleries. Fashion photography, however, was still considered “practical” and had not garnered much recognition in the world of art. With time, fashion photography gained its artistic status. Fashion photographic images were made in a myriad of contexts and, thus, began to define the photographic canon and grace various art spaces. Gastel’s artistic consecration took place in 1997 when the Triennale di Milano held an exhibition of his works, curated by the contemporary art historian, Germano Celant.

Giovanni Gastel does not believe in the unification of the arts, but describes his photographic work metaphorically, in terms of theatre and literature, emphasising the importance of “creating a scene” and “telling a story” with an image. He also paints the analogy of poetry to photography, which, he posits, consists not of the lyricism of an image but of the succinct and concise structure of form.

“What fascinates me about photography is that it has no relation to reality,” – says Gastel. – “It is the interruption of the constant flow of time. From eternal movement, life, to eternal immobility. It alludes to the real to create a real parallel.”

For Gastel, poems and photographs are a bit like dreams. They carry many meanings and can develop by themselves, without an author, just as the image or subject of a photograph makes itself known on the paper’s surface as it develops. The Metamorphoses series refers to Franz Kafka’s text and therein, yields Gastel’s explicit surrealistic understanding of photography. Viewers of his work can find visual references to the artists who preceded him and were considered surrealists such as Man Ray, Irvin Penn, Erwin Blumenfeld and Guy Burden.

Untitled (Metamorphosis 1)

Untitled (Metamorphosis 1)

Gastel uses various methods and techniques in his artistic practice, spanning many eras, from the Renaissance to Pop Art. He is aware of the illusiveness of fashion photography and continually reinvents the visual canon by offering viewers different perspectives of the idea of beauty and the ways it’s represented in. His methodology also makes reference to the cinematic experience. In the Ritratti di Living series, commissioned by Elle Decor in 2013, Gastel reproduced Edward Hopper’s works and played with that illusive nature, once again, making viewers of the work mistrust their own eyes.

Gastel works with large format analog cameras to contemporary digital devices. He uses various methods of analog photography such as pictorial rielaboration, decoupling and stratification, and when working with digital images, gives particular attention to post production. Unlike many others seasoned photographers, Gastel considers the invention of digital photographic technology to be the real birth of the medium, suggesting that everything until that point was a “mere archeology.”

Elle Decor, April 2013

Elle Decor, April 2013

Giovanni Gastel (b. 1955) | based in Milan (Italy) | fashion photographer | introduced to the world of art by his famous uncle, Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti | started with wedding and portrait photography, small still-lives and occasionally kids’ fashion photo sessions (the 1970s) | since then, worked for Christie’s Auction House (since 1975) and with Carla Ghiglieri, as his agent who introduced him to the world of fashion (1981) | his photographs have been published by such outlets as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Donna, Mondo Uomo Glamour, Femme, Amica and Sette, among others, and exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world.

Giovanni Gastel – CANONS OF BEAUTY
@ The Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography (3 Bolotnaya emb, bld. 1, Moscow, Russia)
Opening reception: March 15 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between March 16 and May 9, 2017