Steven Meisel is an American fashion photographer and director who has been shooting for Vogue since the 1980s. He is known for his iconic images of celebrities, models, and fashion designers.
Born in 1954 in New York City, Meisel grew up in a creative family. His father was a painter and his mother was a fashion designer. From an early age, he was exposed to the world of art and fashion. He attended the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan before studying at Parsons School of Design.
Meisel began his career as a freelance photographer in the late 1970s, shooting for magazines such as GQ and Interview. In 1988, he became the chief photographer for Vogue Italia, where he has since shot over 300 covers. His work has also appeared in other publications such as Vanity Fair, W Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Meisel’s work is characterized by its boldness and creativity. He often uses bright colors and dramatic lighting to create striking images that capture the essence of fashion. His photographs have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and The Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In addition to his photography career, Meisel has also directed several music videos for artists such as Madonna and Lady Gaga. He has also directed several short films for Italian Vogue’s “Vogue Film” series. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame by Vanity Fair magazine.
Throughout his career, Meisel has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion including Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace and many more. His work continues to be highly sought after by top designers and magazines around the world today.