Arthur Elgort is an American fashion photographer, who has become especially known for his work as a Vogue photographer.
Arthur Elgort was born in Brooklyn in 1940 and raised in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School and then Hunter College, where he studied painting.
Elgort began his career working as a photo assistant to Gus Peterson, whose natural shooting style greatly contributed to the lively and casual style Elgort is so well known for today.
Elgort's 1971 debut in British Vogue created a sensation in the Fashion Photography world where his soon-to-be iconic "snapshot" style and emphasis on movement and natural light liberated the idea of fashion photography. From there, he rose to fame working for such elite magazines as International and American Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Teen Vogue among others and shooting advertising campaigns with numerous international fashion labels such as Comme des Garcons, Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent. Elgort quickly became one of the most well-known and emulated photographers in the world. His early body of work from the 1970s and 1980s is often considered representative of the fashion industry at the time.
Today Mr. Elgort continues shooting for fashion publications, as well as working on his most recent 2009 advertising campaigns with Via Spiga and Liz Claiborne with Isaac Mizrahi.
His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collection of the International Centre of Photography, New York and in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
In 2011, Elgort won the CFDA Board of Director's Award.