Dark Fantasy and Industrialism in Stefan Gesell’s Otherworldly Portraiture

Stefan Gesell - Magic Lantern, model Amiri K.

Stefan Gesell is a Munich-based photographer who composes breathtaking images that shock and seduce the imagination. Mixing dark fantasy imagery with industrialism and science fiction, Gesell uses his experience as a former graphic designer to tell elaborate stories using the lens. Dark, confident, and even tortured figures confront the viewer with tremendous strength, each seemingly imbued with otherworldly knowledge and power. Setting, lighting, and composition are carefully employed to create haunting tableaux with deep emotional impacts. Among Gesell’s inspirations are the masters H.R. Giger and Gottfried Helnwein, both of whom resonate with Gesell’s work as artists who fearlessly delve into the darker parts of the human condition.

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