The 22-Year-Old Photographer Who Shot MAC’s Viva Glam Campaign


Born in Cúcuta, Colombia, and raised in South Florida, Gabriel Perez Silva didn’t continually plan on being an expert photographer. If it wasn’t for shoulder harm, his career trajectory ought to be quite extraordinary.

The 22-year-vintage turned into a D1 swimmer in college, and photography turned into simply a side interest. “I became always gambling with cameras growing up. However, I became busy being the athlete I became predicted to be for all people to observe and push me artistically,” he says. “It wasn’t till one in all my antique pictures of a man inside the rice paddies of Bali were given selected for a showcase again in 2015. It re-sparked something, and getting a predominant surgical operation as a D1 swimmer and almost getting kicked out of college changed into the rush I had to be successful.”

Since then, the photographer who, in any other case, maintains a low profile has quietly risen as one of the brightest names in images these days, capturing the likes of Issa Rae, Bella Hadid, and Tommy Dorfman, among others. Last 12 months, he took over Winnie Harlow’s Instagram account for the MET gala, which is also when he first stuck the version’s attention.

Taking their collaboration one step similarly this 12 months, Silva helped recreate MAC’s iconic VIVA GLAM marketing campaign with Harlow as the big name. The unique from 1994 that featured RuPaul became instrumental in spreading awareness approximately the HIV epidemic.

Speaking to how he landed the massive wreck, Silva says: “Winnie and I even have labored carefully on various of things beginning with last year’s Met Gala. However, this turned into very surprising and actually a special shoot for us, in addition to the entire group. Winnie and hairstylist Jay Brumant first got here to me with the idea. I changed into occupied with it and was excited to recreate such an iconic and viral marketing campaign at the age of 21. We tried to preserve it as near as possible to the unique one.”

Silva says his aesthetic is rooted in nostalgia and packed with emotion: “My work is substantially inspired with the aid of a whole lot of my stories in lifestyles, a variety of bad emotions I’ve held internal but quite a few tremendous ones as nicely. My artwork permits me to expose you to some other facet of me; it lets you interpret it how you may; it indicates you an intimate second between the situation and I. I’m an awful lot more inquisitive about creating a chunk of artwork versus truly a pleasant photograph.”

Citing the likes of Norman Parkinson and Davide Sorrenti as his suggestion, Silva adds that he is specifically moved via works that possess a positive persona: “[Parkinson] sincerely changed the sport and was doing matters no person else become on time. A lot of his photos are virtually my favorites. I love Sorrenti because he constantly turned into this young, weird, cool artist who remained genuine to himself but still one of a kind that everyone else within the industry.”

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