La Gagarella del Biffi

  • Samir Khadem
  • 2011
  • Inv. No. 67.15.01
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Architettura, Interni
Size M
40x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, in the heart of Milan, reminds the photographer of a song written back in 1941 by the duo Alfredo Bracchi and Giovanni D’Anzi, entitled La Gagarella del Biffi Scala. In a spirited tone, the composers joke about the ‘Gagarelle’, the spoilt girls who, in the 1940s, would go to cafés wearing fashionable clothes while posing with a Camel cigarette. Just as it was back then, the Galleria in Milan is still a place where people gather, meet up and go for a stroll. The shot fully highlights the architectural beauty of this setting, the backdrop to encounters and arguments, strokes and fleeting, frenetic kisses.
Samir Khadem, photographer of Syrian origins, has always been passionate about images and technology. Since 2010, after a 10-year experience in the field of communication, he has devoted himself to art photography. Continuing to experiment with new styles and approaches, he has developed an eclectic eye, able to address different types of photography with a focus on modern architecture and street photography. After the first publication in the magazine T. Generation (# 56), in 2013 the magazine Digital Camera chooses one of his shots for the cover and dedicates to him an in-depth interview. The following year he publishes his photographs in Nikon Special - Photo Professional France and in Nikon Special - N photography Italy. Recommended by the Artistic Committee of the Park Association Arese Borromeo in 2013, he launches his career with the exhibition Reflections at the gallery Bazzini15 Milan. The exhibition is followed in 2014 by the participation in the collective exhibition at Assab One of Milan and a permanent exhibition at Art Cafe Pleasure (Milan). As a true ‘urban hunter’, as he likes to call  himself,  he explores new techniques of shooting and post-production, directing his photographic research towards a continuous improvement. In 2014 he won the prestigious First Prize Gold Plate in the Photography Prize "Arte" section by Cairo Editore in Milan.