Filipino photographer Filbert Kung exhibit captivates in Milan

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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An editorial shoot in Rio de Janeiro, photographed by Filbert Kung

The exhibit celebrates the photographer’s work, from portraits of Lady Gaga to stunning landscapes in Africa


Filbert Kung, a Filipino photographer with a career spanning over 15 years, recently launched his second exhibition in Milan, showcasing the breadth and depth of his photographic talent. The exhibit, entitled “Chronology of a Mind,” opened on June 20 at the BI.CI. srl showroom along the prestigious Via Spiga in Milan, Italy.

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An exhibited photograph by Filbert Kung featuring Italian model Ambra Gutierrez

The exhibition features 25 carefully selected images, including portraits, avant-garde works, and landscapes, offering a comprehensive look at Kung’s diverse portfolio.

Kung, who divides his time between New York,  Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Los Angeles, and Manila, has found a special connection with Italy, where he has a creative team on the ground.

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The photographer’s impressive career has seen him collaborate with high-profile magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, as well as designers like Michael Cinco, Oliver Tolentino, and Natori. Kung is particularly known for his portrait photography, having captured images of celebrities including Jo Koy, Chris Evans, Pierce Brosnan, and Brian May of Queen.


He has also worked extensively with Miss Universe titleholders, including Pia WurtzbachIris Mittenaere, and Catriona Gray. His work reflects a sensitivity and presence that captures complexity and depth, drawing inspiration from renowned photographers like Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.

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Photographs by Filbert Kung in an editorial shoot in Rio de Janeiro

While Kung’s work spans the globe, from Hollywood red carpets to Zambia’s Victoria Falls, the exhibition in Milan invites viewers to pause and absorb the essence of each photograph. The curated collection includes some of Kung’s earliest work from 15 years ago, as well as landscape scenes from his recent trip to Africa. Notable pieces include a portrait of Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere and a photo of Lady Gaga, where Kung was commissioned for the Golden Globes.

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Victoria Falls from the border of Zimbabwe

The exhibition was presented by two prominent figures in Italian fashion and politics: one of the founders of Milan Fashion Week, Cav. Lav Mario Boselli, Honorary President of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and President of Italy China Council Foundation, and Mrs. Daniela Javarone, Official of Merit of the Italian Republic. Affectionately referred to as the “godfather and godmother” of the event, their presence underscored the significance of Kung’s work in the Italian art scene.


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“Italy has always been a very special place for me,” Kung shared. While the exhibit was attended primarily by Italians, the Consul General of the Philippines made an appearance as the Filipino representative. The BI.CI. showroom, a design space gallery for furnishings, provided an elegant backdrop for Kung’s photographs, situated near the upscale Montenapoleone area, known as “Europe’s most expensive street.”

Reflecting on the exhibition, Kung expressed his gratitude: “I’m very happy, of course. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. And this is what I wanted, I want to have an exhibit everywhere. I’m grateful for the people who believed in me.”

Looking ahead, Kung is planning another series later this year, with potential exhibitions in London and again in Milan, where he hopes to host his exhibitions in historic spaces. He is also working on a book project, further cementing his place in the world of photography.

All photos courtesy of Filbert Kung.

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