Steven Meisel, lover of the female form and highly respected fashion photographer, has been working behind the camera for over thirty years. Hailed as one of fashions most successful image-makers, he photographs some of the most beautiful models and celebrities of our time.
From a very young age, Meisel was exposed to the arts; his mother came from a singing background and his father worked for a recording studio. Very early on, Steven Meisel abandoned traditional toys and pursued drawing instead. His drawings were mainly of the female form, which he gleaned from fashion magazines that he had access to. For young Meisel this was a window into another world, the fascinating and magical world of fashion, glamour and beauty that made an unforgettable impression on him.
He went on to study fashion illustration at Parsons, New York, while photographing models part time. He also worked as an illustrator at the studio of Halston,‘the premier fashion designer in America’ during the sixties and seventies.
Eventually he became a full time photographer gaining clients such as fashion magazine, Mademoiselle. His talents were eventually discovered by Vogue and he was hired as lead photographer for Italian and American Vogue.
For over a decade he has created every cover of every issue of Italian Vogue.
Meisel has an enviable portfolio having photographed celebrities such as Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and Madonna as well as collaborating with on her controversial book Sex (1992). His client list also includes fashion giants such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Lanvin, and Versace to name a few.
Steven Meisel is famous for his ability to create images that connect fashion to culture and current issues. For example, his images from Vogue Italia that touches on the social issue of beautiful young people undergoing plastic surgery in pursuit of perfection or a provocative mourning scene from a funeral or a well-paid and glamorous super model with a very bored expression. Steven Meisels’ images engage the viewer through a narrative that extends beyond the beauty of the female form. We may not be able to afford the clothing or the glamour that his work is advertising but we are able to identify with him and his images on a deeper and more meaningful level.
Meisel, S. 2000, Steven Meisel, Condé Nast Publications, Inc., New York.