Rome, Italy.- Italian photographer Giovanni Gastel, known and admired internationally for his photographs of large fashion firms, died today at the age of 65, after catching the coronavirus, the Italian media reported.
He had been rushed to Milan after a deterioration in his health, after recently contracting Covid-19.
Among the personalities he immortalized during his many years of a professional career are former US President Barack Obama, the late Maradona, and actor Johnny Depp.
Born in Milan on December 27, 1955, he changed the perception of the image in the world of fashion, with his brilliant but original style and with a few touches of irony.
He was the direct grandson of the opera and film director Luchino Visconti, from whom he obtained a deep aesthetic sense from him, always combined with a look of reality.
Son of Giuseppe Gastel and Ida Visconti di Modrone, he was the youngest of seven siblings.
Between 1975 and 1976 he worked for the prestigious British auction house Christie’s and in the eighties, he began to savor fame to such an extent that he began working for Italian luxury firms such as Versace, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo, or Tod’s.
His reputation led to him being signed in the nineties to collaborate with the world of French fashion, with the Dior, Nina Ricci, and Guerlain houses.
The National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, MAXXI, had recently dedicated an exhibition to him entitled “Giovanni Gastel. The people I like” in tribute to his extensive career.