Tomas maier Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta is hosting a photo exhibition at the brand’s flagship in Hamburg.

Developed in collaboration with Icon Magazine, the exhibit, which opens Thursday, collects portraits by American photographer Ralph Gibson of German expats, including Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, who relocated to the United States from his native Germany.

“I appreciate Ralph Gibson’s dramatic understatement, I feel we share a common language. He has a unique graphic style that is as unmistakable as it is influential,” said Maier, who collaborated with Gibson on Bottega Veneta’s fall 2013 ad campaign.

“It is always a pleasure to work with the house and Tomas Maier,” said Gibson, who originally shot the portraits for the May issue of Icon Magazine featuring Maier as guest editor. “It’s a creative journey into their discerning sense of aesthetics and balance. Being part of this project with Bottega Veneta and Icon has given me the opportunity of further exploring the world of portraits in black and white, giving an emblematic soul to characters who somehow resonate with the house’s philosophy.”

Maier celebrated the 15th anniversary of his creative direction at Bottega Veneta last September.

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