The professional life of one of the main protagonists of contemporary fashion photography Steven Meisel starts from Seventeen, the famous magazine for teenagers. It happened that some models that he had begun to photograph brought the newspaper some of their lookbook with his photos. Case? Destiny? Magic? Yes, a spell that has never stopped to fuel his work.
Born in the U.S. in 1954, he studied at the High School of Art and Design and at Parsons New School of Design, where he attended several courses, including fashion illustration. In fact Steven Meisel wasn’t born as a photographer, but as a fashion illustrator. One of his first works of illustration was for the designer Halston. While he was working for a women’s collection, he went to the agency “Elite”, where he was authorized to take some test shoots with several models. From here he began the partnership and a double work: during the week he dedicates to fashion collections, on the weekend to photography. He shot in his apartment at Gramercy Park or simply on the street. Shortly after some models took his photos to the editors of Seventeen, who remained conquered by his talent.
The amazing fashion photography of Steven Meisel
The success of Steven Meisel is partly due to the appreciation for his style by the “queens of print” such as Franca Sozzani(Vogue Italy) and Anna Wintour (Vogue USA). For Vogue Italy he has been the only cover photographer in the past 15 years. He edited advertising campaigns for Versace, Valentino, D & G, Calvin Klein (for which he created highly controversial photo shoots), Prada, Lanvin, Anna Sui and Mulberry. Steven Meisel is also credited for being the fashion photographer who discovered many supermodels stars including Linda Evangelista and James Rousseau.
Linda Evangelista’s stunning photos by Steven Meisel