Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel is an American photographer who garnered popular acclaim working with US and Italian Vogue.  His photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book Sex were crucial in catapulting both the star and photographer into the rarefied world of global appreciation. Known to be notoriously reclusive, he is one of the most powerful and respected photographers in the fashion industry.

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His genius has helped propel a number of beautiful models, such as Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Raquel Zimmerman to superstardom status by regularly featuring them in Vogue and various campaigns, notably Prada – considered one of the most desirably campaigns in the business. Steven Meisel also holds the very envious role of photographing the cover of every issue of Italian Vogue, something generally unheard of in the ephemeral world of fashion.

Meisel often creates layouts which are controversial, by juxtaposing fashion and politics and/or social standards.  He used his influence among the fashion elite to create an issue of Vogue that would show only black models. The issue was released in July 2008 with the purpose of addressing the racism seen lately in fashion magazines, runways, and advertising campaigns

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