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Graziano Ferrari

Claudia Schiffer wearing Versace, spring–summer 1995.

Graziano Ferrari: at the top of his game

One man is the photographer’s photographer at Milano: Graziano Ferrari. Forty thousand photos on and still active today, Thomas Salme talks to the man who was there when Milano launched its first fashion shows
photographed by Graziano Ferrari


Carla Bruni in Christian Lacroix, spring–summer 1995.

Claudia Schiffer, in Thierry Mugler, autumn–winter 1995–6.

Linda Evangelista, in Christian Dior, spring–summer 1995.

Yoko in Emanuel Ungaro.

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Ana Claudia, in Versus, autumn–winter 2000–1.

AS WE NEAR the opening of Moda di Milano, Milan Fashion Week (February 22–7), I take the opportunity to introduce to you Mr Graziano Ferrari, one of the few photographers that have been around since the first fashion show in Milano in 1976.

Being around for more then 35 years in the fashion worlds of Milano and Paris, Graziano has not only earned a name as a top photographer, but has a way of letting everyone at a catwalk show know that he is present.

Now 62, he is still like a young boy when I talk to him about photography and fashion. I am sure that most of the people interested in fashion have seen Graziano’s pictures in Vogue and other top magazines around the world. His feeling for photography has taken him not only to top fashion shows but also to collaborations with Canon and Manfrotto, the famous Italian tripod making company. Manfrotto even designed a model dedicated to Graziano Ferrari.

He is one of the few people who, after 40,000 photos and 40 years in the business, still remembers every photo he has taken. To hear him talk about a photo from a show he took in 1983 is like going back in time and having a history lesson in school—on a subject that you really like.

Graziano took photos of famous designers and models, but became famous himself, a VIP in the history of fashion in Milano and Paris. If you have the fortune to meet with designers like Armani, Dolce and Gabbana or models like Carla Bruni and Naomi Campbell, and ask if they know about Graziano Ferrari, I am sure they will have a smile and tell you many funny things.

So, before running into the high-speed internet world, please take a few minutes to enjoy some of Graziano Ferrari’s photos from the past. His biography is now being documented in an upcoming book and film, bringing his name to even more people in the future.



Thomas Salme is a Milano-based photographer and a regular contributor to Lucire.








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