Giovanni Gastel was born in Milan on 27th December 1955 to Giuseppe Gastel and Ida Visconti di Modrone.
He had his first taste of photography in 1970s. The moment marked the start of a long apprenticeship that continued when he was offered the chance to work for Christie’s in 1975-76.
The turning point came in 1981 when he met Carla Ghiglieri, who became his agent, and introduced him to the fashion world. Following the appearance of his first still lives in the magazine Annabella in 1982, he began to work with Vogue Italia and then, following his meeting with Flavio Lucchini, the editor of Edimoda, and Gisella Borioli, for the magazines Mondo Uomo and legendary Donna.
In 1997, the Milan Triennale gave him a solo exhibition curated by Germano Celant and his professional success was consolidated a decade later when his name appeared alongside other prominent Italian photographers like Oliviero Toscani, Giampaolo Barbieri and Ferdinando Scianna, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, and Jürgen Teller.
He is currently president of the Associazione Fotografi Professionisti and a permanent member of the Polaroid Museum of Chicago.
Gastel per Donna (Edimoda, Milan, 1991)
I gioielli della Fantasia (Edizioni Idea Books, Milan, 1991)
The Gastel catalogue ( Edizioni Idea Books, Milan, 1997) on the occasion of his a solo exhibition at the Triennale di Milano,
Giovanni Gastel. Masks and Ghosts ( Skira Editore, Milan, 2009) on the occasion of his a solo exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione in Milan, curated by Germano Celant
Piero Lissoni Recent Architecture (Hatje Canz 2010)
Cose Viste (Silvana Editore 2011) on the occasion of his a solo exhibition at the Galleria Giangaleazzo Visconti in Milan
Poltrona Frau, L'intelligenza delle mani (Rizzoli Editore 2012)
Look Beyond (Skira 2013)
La nobiltà del Fare (Electa 2013)
Essere Parma (Electa 2016)
Un Eterno Istante, his autobiography, (Mondadori 2015), Giovanni Gastel (Silvana Editoriale 2016) on the occasion of his a solo exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione in Milan, curated by Germano Celant