Paolo Roversi solo exhibition at Wapping Project Bankside.

by Katie on February 15, 2012

One of the most seminal fashion photographers of recent years, Paolo Roversi, is currently showing  his first solo exhibition at the Wapping Project, Bankside.

Roversi’s dreamy etherealism with its faded tonal colour yet sharpness of character seemed to encapsulate an era – of the complexity of fashion design by mavericks such as Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli and Sybilla whilst also capturing some of the great catwalk beauties of the ’80s and ’90s including Natalia Vodianova and Guinevere Van Seenus.

Roversi primarily works from his Paris studio, a back drop of a ragged grey blanket, bare timber boards and a selection of beaten up chairs and stools providing the only set required.

With a seemingly effortless perfection, Roversi has returned time and again to a series of muses, in this case to Guinevere Van Seenus who he has photographed consistently in the many roles she has played within his simple set. In this solo exhibition, a series of singular platinum, silver gelatin and pigment prints are shown, evidence of his passion for craft and technique. 

Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi has collaborated with Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Dior, Valentino and many more influential designers.

His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Hara Museum, Tokyo; Centre Pompidou and Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  

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