Giovanni Gastel, one of the leading international photographers of fashion and entertainment, defined by many as a master of aesthetics in its highest sense, photographer and creator of beauty, died in Milan for Covid. Born in Milan in 1955, he was the youngest of the seven children of Giuseppe Gastel and Ida “Nane” Visconti, son of the highest bourgeoisie and the greatest Lombard nobility and grandson of Luchino Visconti. He was said to be “noble” also to define his taste, soul, appearance, manners and artistic style. In the 1980s he began to collaborate with the most prestigious fashion magazines, including Vogue, to which he gave the ascent by signing historical campaigns for various Made in Italy brands and not only including Versace, Missoni, Trussardi, Krizia, Ferragamo, Dior. He publishes poems and begins to carry out exclusively artistic projects since the 1990s. The first major exhibition was held in 1997 at the Milan Triennale, curated by the critic Germano Celant with whom he then continued to collaborate. Over time he finally discovers a passion for portraits. His gallery of collected faces ranges from Vasco Rossi to Bebe Vio, from Barack Obama laughing free from his tie to Micheal Stipe of Rem with a green apple on his head, passing through Fiorello, Forattini, Tiziano Ferro, Ligabue, Monica Bellucci, Roberto Bolle and still many unknown faces that, in the wake of the spontaneous enthusiasm with which Gastel offered himself for charity, he had decided to ennoble. “Photographer of lost souls”, Piero Pelù recalled him. Distraught Minister Franceschini: “Covid also snatched Giovanni Gastel from us. Italian photography loses a great protagonist loved and respected all over the world”. In 2015 he published his autobiography “An eternal instant”. However, Gastel has never abandoned fashion. Her latest post on Facebook, only a few days ago, reports the photograph of Malika Ayane that she made for Chiara Boni’s advertising campaign.