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Sylvie Blum + Giovanni Gastel’s “Power meets Poetry” at IMMAGIS Fine Art Photography, Munich

Sylvie Blum + Giovanni Gastel’s “Power meets Poetry” at IMMAGIS Fine Art Photography, Munich
Left to right: “Chopard,” 2002 © Giovanni Gastel and “Snake Woman,” 2017 © Sylvie Blum (right).
(Courtesy IMMAGIS Fine Art Photography)

IMMAGIS Fine Art Photography will showcase Sylvie Blum and Giovanni Gastel’s “Power meets Poetry” from October 26 through January 12, 2019. On view are iconic as well as newly discovered works by photographers Sylvie Blum and Giovanni Gastel, paying tribute to strong women with an attractive juxtaposition of images from the 1990s to the present.

Sylvie Blum (b. 1967, Austria) is best known as a classic example of a model-turned-photographer. Blum was also a former model and photographed by the likes of Helmut Newton and Jan Saudek. After marrying renowned erotic photographer Gunter Blum she became his model and muse. She moved behind the camera after Gunter Blum’s death and honed her photographic skills at the Mannheim College of Art. The artist likes to work with close-up images of brightly painted lips, minimalist portraits, and oiled athletic bodies also reflect her female perspective of her same-sex counterparts.

Giovanni Gastel (b. 1955, Italy) is regarded as the grand seigneur of Italian fashion photography. He interweaves poetry with classical commercial photography with a sense of elegance and reverie, while remaining stylistically flexible.

“The exhibition ‘Power meets Poetry’ presents Gastel’s enchanting images of women as angels, his butterfly scenarios, as well as front-facing portraits shot for fashion brands such as Krizia or magazines such as Vogue Spain,” says the gallery. “Through the air of romance that infuses his images time and again, his female models reveal strength in their stance and gaze. Gastel has drawn on both Renaissance and Pop Art for his work, while his love of poetry finds expression not only through photography but also through his own poems. He is Honorary President of the Association of Italian Professional Photographers, and a permanent member of the Polaroid Museum of Chicago. In 2002, he received fashion’s equivalent of the Oscar for photography at the prestigious Italian event La Kore, Oscar della Moda.”

Founded by Kathrin Kohler in 2009, IMMAGIS is one of the leading galleries for contemporary art photography, located in Munich. The portfolio represents a broad range of some of the most influential photographers and important players of the international art market. “IMMAGIS stands for Expertise, Integrity and Discretion in dealing with international museums and private collectors, for innovation in terms of print techniques and for Quality regarding conception, staging and presentation of photographic exhibitions,” the gallery says.