Born in Italy in 1938, GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI has been a master photographer for half a century. His spectacular editorials have been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and GQ, among others, and his images of Audrey Hepburn, Angelica Huston, and Iman are among the most famous fashion photographs of all time.
EXOTICA is a selection of his sumptuous, dreamy photographs of the people and wildlife of Madagascar, Tahiti, and the Seychelles. The luscious duotone images of frangipani blossoms, banana plants, and sculpted bodies in an enticing tropical paradise reveal Barbieri’s deep affinity for nature and Polynesian culture. This show also includes a number of Barbieri’s well-known shots of full-body Tahitian tattoos, captured with a brilliant, exacting eye.
BARBIERI is the author of Exotic Nudes, Madagascar, Equator, and Beauty Case (all published by Taschen). In addition to magazine work, he has collaborated extensively with fashion houses, including Valentino, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Vivienne Westwood. He has previously shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Kunstforum, Vienna.