Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gallery: Giampiero Gastaldi






A STRAIGHT EYE FOR THE QUEER MAG







I UPLOADED here some photos taken by Italian photographer Giampiero Gastaldi, who shot this gallery for the fourth issue of rice!, a magazine (bookazine--a combination of a book with lots of pictures and a magazine without advertisements--if you may) on male beauty which I edit.



rice! is available at Fully Booked and C.V. Magazines (both in Makati), Pride Exchange and Top & Bottom (Malate), and other selected outlets.





Here's what I wrote in rice! about this gallery:







DESPITE being a world-class photographer with decades of experience behind him, Milan-based Giampiero Gastaldi found it embarrassing (he’s straight, you see) shooting a naked man. Well, this was his first time to shoot a nude male, professionally and personally. Professionally because he never sacrificed his technical skills and creativity for this pictorial (“I worked on it with the same dedication I put into my other works”), and personally because he was doing something for his friends here in Manila (“I couldn’t say no to you guys,” he tells us).



For this shoot, Gastaldi collaborated with stylist Ye Young Kim, a Korean who also does some styling for Vogue – Italy and – South Korea, and who did some modeling jobs in Milan; and Italian makeup artist, Christian Concas. He used white fluorescent lamp to get that green-color effect, tungsten, plus natural lighting.







Having a studio at the chic-est spot of the chic-est city in the world, Gastaldi has photographed many of the most beautiful peoples in the world, mostly fashion models. He is right where the catwalk is—at via Tortona, in the same vicinity as Giorgio Armani’s flagship store and a stone’s-throw-away from the world-renowned superstudio of photographer Fabrizion Ferri. He loves to travel, and this wanderlust has made him do some pictorials even in Manila, the latest of which were for the new campaign of Bench and for Cosmopolitan – Philippines. Then off he went to New York for a pictorial for Guess?. He also had done works for Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Max Mara, among others.


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