Gabi von Gans
Gabi von Gans, Vienna born photographer, singer, model, and media poster child is a celebrated international photographer now living in York Region. Her work was chosen for the York Region Millennium Book and her photo "Thompson Dock" on Lake Simcoe won best Millennium photo for York Region 1900-2000. The photo was used on the corporate brochure cover for Town of Georgina and included a full photo spread inside the piece also shot by Gabi.
These photos came from a pre-established collection from her catalogue of limited edition (100 collector copies world wide) prints and the later published, in a hardcover, collectors book "My Backyard Ontario by Gabi von Gans. Used in the Ontario 2008 "Right to Dry" Campaign spearheaded by Mayor of Aurora, the photo "Morning Whitewash" received national recognition by Global National News. This, her landscape series shot over 15 years of her 28 year career, was only a "sideline" to her regular on location portrait career.
Gabi's location assignments included portraits for National Geographic, US News and World Report, Fortune, Canadian Geographic, Billboard Magazine (1992 full page), Toronto Life, Wedding Belles, The Bay Catalogue, The Briars Resort & Conference Centre, www.briars.ca (with inside pictures shared with the son of the owners), Penhouse Magazine, Imperial Oil Canada ( including Calgary Burn Unit and Toronto Music, Lions Foundation Dog Guides), Horse and Country ( covers and articles inside featuring Olympic champion, Jamie Smart), and Gabi, herself, was written about having a thoroughbred ranch in Georgina, Ontario for dressage light work. Gabi has photographed many equestrians and their horses for business and personal uses by the families. She is noted as one of the best equine portrait photographers in the province of Ontario. Recently she published " Herd on the Hill"coffee table book depicting some of her favourite horse moments from her ranch,"Far West Acres" and those in her Georgina neighbourhood.
Gabi was the official photographer for Canada at the Kentucky Equitana, 1996, where Gloria Neighswanders' team competed in the International Saddlebred and Morgan competition. On the corporate and advertising scene, Gabi worked with the Body Break Duo (Hal & Joanne), Rob Mullen and the Brotherhood Band/Sunflower Peace Events, Noranda Annual Report, Rio Algom Minerals, Imperial Oil, GM Motors, Forbes Magazine and Fortune Magazine, Mac Leans Canada, Newsweek and countless notaries in the Canadian power brokering scene, Gaylord International, Postal Promotions Canada and assignment photographer for First Light Associated Photographers/ Stock Images. As second photographer to the remarkable, Ron Watts/First Light, they photographed for the Word Wildlife Fund 1989 annual report featuring H.R.H. Prince Phillip for the Rainforest Project. Gabi then continued on to shoot for Top Fit, using two time Olympic Champion, Jamie Smart for the product photo.
Countless performers, dancers and musicians have appeared in front of her camera such as Paul James, Christina, Kieren Overs, Johnny Gitan (Billboard Magazine), Harold Mayburn, Mike Massaro, Maureen Forrester, Prince of Soul George Olliver, Soul Devotion, Sandra and Melissa Goddard, John Cleveland Hughes; actors David Gardner, cast of Nunsense, Gary Archibald, Brigitte Nielson, Linda Lewis, and the super soprano Mary Schofield, just to give a small taste.
As image consultant (spin-doctor) and portrait photographer Gabi's list includes federal, provincial and municipal politicians such as Mayor Hazel McCallion, Andrew Witer MP, Mayor Jeffrey Holec, Hugh O'Neil MP, Mayor Phyllis Morris, Mayor Robert Grossi and council members, Councillor Bill Boytchuk, PM Brian Mulroney, Barbara McDougall MP, Julia Munro MPP, mayoral candidate Peter Juras, Brian Wilson MP and Peter Van Loan MP.
When Air Canada retired the DC8 airplane, Gabi was asked to do the farewell photo in a hangar at the Toronto International Airport with the former DC8 pilots collected together in a group photo to say goodbye. High above the pilots in a special hydraulic device, Gabi gathered the pilots which included one of our Canadian astronauts (Chris Hadfield) and shot the last DC8 with its wing seeming to embrace them as a final hug.
She capped "Silver", her 25 anniversary tour, with a special international show in the prestigious Steiner Gallery in Vienna, Austria. The new venture, the Studio G Group was officially launched alongside her show and was opened on September 11, 2009 by HE Canadian Ambassador Dr. John Barrett. The collection was accompanied by two Albert Chiarandini paintings which brought a true Ontario celebration to downtown Vienna.
Gabi the model 1981 to 1992:
Gabi the Singer:
Gabi's Benefit Photographs:
The Fund-raising Six-Pack: "Victorian Morning" for Breast Cancer, " Brave Spirit" for MS, "Winter Stallion" for The Longrun Foundation, "On the Scent" for The Lions Foundation Guide Dogs, "Smilin Daisies" for Neurofibromitosis Society of Ontario, "Sibbald Park Beach" for Rescue Lake Simcoe. "Summer Meadow" - Haiti Unicef Earthquake relief
Gabi is now working on her 30th anniversary collection of portraits of international figures My Left Eye - Take 30 and it is to be officially released in Vienna October 2012. Gabi will mark her 30th anniversary as a professional photographer and celebrate in her birthplace of Vienna, Austria.