Steven Meisel is an iconic American photographer, who obtained popular acclaim with his work in US and Italian Vogue and his photographs of  his friend Madonna in her 1992 book, Sex. He is now considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry, shooting regularly for both US and Italian Vogue, and W.


One of Meisel’s first jobs was working for fashion designer Halston,as an illustrator; he also taught illustration part-time at Parsons.  He admired photographers like Jerry Schatzberg, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Bert Stern. He felt illustration was a thing of the past and found photography as a lasting medium. Later, while working at Women’s Wear Daily as an illustrator, he went to Elite Model Management where they allowed him take pictures of some of their models. He would photograph them in his apartment in Gramercy Park or on the street; on weekdays he would work at Women’s Wear Daily and on weekends with the models.

As one of the most powerful photographers in the fashion industry, Meisel is credited with “discovering” or promoting the careers of many successful models, including top models Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kristen McMenamy, Amber Valletta, Iris Strubegger, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Liya Kebede, Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes, and Raquel Zimmerman, propelling them to fame by regularly featuring them in Vogue and various campaigns, notably Prada and Lanvin.

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