Giovanni Gastel exhibits in the Palazzo della Ragione.
Milanese photographer Giovanni Gastel is arguably best known for his fashion shots, but his portfolio is in fact far more eclectic.
Gastel first took up photography in the 1970s, in his twenties. After a period of apprenticeship, during which he shot pictures at weddings, created portraits and small still-lifes and occasional kids’ fashion photo sessions, he started working for the auction house Christie’s.
In 1981 his agent introduced him to the world of fashion. Following the appearance of his first still-lifes in the magazine Annabella in 1982, he started collaborating with Vogue Italia and later with Mondo Uomo and Donna.
During those years of intense professional commitment, he elaborated his unique style, characterized by a poetic irony, while his passion for art led him to introduce into his pictures the taste for a well-balanced composition. His references for his still-lifes are Pop Art and the photographic works of Irving Penn. Taking his inspiration also from the study of renaissance art, Gastel constantly goes back to an ideal of elegance.
The exhibition is divided into four sections, each dedicated to one decade of his artistic activity, on one hand depicting his professional life and on the other picturing the mood of those years.
The show will run until 13 November. The Palazzo della Ragione, in Milan’s central Piazza Mercanti, is open daily except Mondays from 09.30 to 20.30, and on Thursdays and Saturdays until 22.30. Admission costs €10, or for under-18s, over-65s and university students €8.