Gianni Versace

  • Wolfgang Wesener
  • 1989
  • Inv. No. 56.15.04
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Moda, Celebrit√†
Size S
41x50cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
 
41x50cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
U.S.A. frame Mounting
 
41x50cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

The picture portrays a model and the famous fashion designer Gianni Versace – murdered in Miami Beach in 1997. WOWE tries to capture his gaze and his most meaningful poses; he observes and waits, taking advantage of the moments when the character’s psychology is revealed, since the photographer’s aim is to carefully think about how personality shows through people’s appearance, in the way they dress, in their posture, in gestures and expressions. Generally speaking, but even in this particular case, the photographer wants to reach the heart of the people in front of him. To achieve this, he opts for a sincere, direct, and frank photography. WOWE revisits his subjects through his camera, showing personal stories while catching variations and persistences that coexist in the human soul.
Wolfgang Wesener, known as Wowe, has been taking pictures for the music magazine Spex since the 1980s, when he was studying Communication Design at the Folkwangschule in Essen. In 1984, following his first show at the Photographie Galerie in Düsseldorf, he left his native Germany for New York, where he started working as an assistant to Hans Namuth, a German photographer who specialized in portraits (he photographed Jackson Pollock) and Evelyn Hofer. In 1985 he exhibited his work at the Olympus Galerie in Hamburg and began working for Details Magazine in New York, supplying it with photographs of nightlife. The following year he began a twelve-year-long partnership with the legendary FAZ-Magazin, a daily supplement to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He moved to Italy in the 1990s, where he continued to take photographs for international magazines and to show his works. He exhibited at the Vera Engelhorn Gallery in New York, where he showed shots from his NY Nightlife (1990), Venetians (1993) and Color Portraits (1996) series. In 2003 he exhibited for the first time in Italy, at the Galleria Valentina Moncada in Rome, taking part in the group show curated by Niels Kummer, NEW YORK – THE GOLDEN YEARS, alongside artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Jimmy De Sana. Over the years he has worked on a number of personal projects focusing on photographic portraiture, showing the images on an international level. In 2008 he featured in the Essence, 25 Years of Portraits exhibition in Berlin and, in 2011, in the Nightclubbing. New York Nightlife in the ‘80s exhibition at the Leica Gallery in New York. He currently lives in the United States.