Steven Lyon is an artist hailing from the beaches of California.. For over three decades, Steven has engineered a creative legacy both in front of and behind the camera. The start of his career saw Lyon as the face for designers such as Gianni Versace, Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cerruti, and Trussardi .
He bought his first camera in 1998 and moved to Paris to re-immerse himself in the Paris fashion world, this time behind the lens. Using film as his medium and drawing inspiration from cinema and the iconic photographers of the ‘80’s, he developed his own signature style and established himself as an irreverent, borderline rebel in today’s homogenized fashion world. He quickly developed a rich, intimate and cinematic aesthetic and contributed to publications such as Vanity Fairy, GQ, Vogue, S Magazine, Treats and 25, amongst many others. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide.
In 2012, Steven founded a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization called Lyonheartlove. For the past 3 years, Lyon has been filming a full-length feature documentary in Africa called, “Something that Matters.” The documentary takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching and corruption, which threatens extinction to the entire Rhino species. “Something that Matters” is the inaugural project under the auspices of Lyonheartlove. Lyon is also currently at work on producing and directing a book and documentary called, “Kings of the Catwalk: Project 80’s” – a project highlighting the top male models of the 80’s and how HIV effected their lives and changed the industry at its most glamorous time in history. This marks another project under the Lyonheartlove banner. Proceeds from the book will go to AIDS research.
Lyon’s directorial work has been noticed by a variety of international film festivals. His music video “Fire” for the band The Winery Dogs was the official selection for both “New York Film Week”, “The Mexico International Fashion Film Festival”and the “Los Angeles International Film Festival.” It garnered top prize in “Hollywood International Motion Picture Film Festival.” His sultry sexy short film “Remember Cuba” has recently been selected for the “Los Angeles CineFest.”
Steven currently resides in NYC and Paris with his legendary, man’s best friend – Rudy.
After studying photography at Art College and serving as an assistant for two years, Malcolm embarked on a career as a commercial fashion & beauty photographer in the 1980’s. After spending ten years doing this, and coinciding with a move to Los Angeles, he changed direction and became passionate about platinum printing, an early photographic printing process which involves hand coating papers with platinum salts to produce a completely permanent photographic image composed of metallic platinum. Having returned to Great Britain, he continues to work on personal and commissioned projects and exhibits in galleries in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Thirty years ago, a cult book published by Phaidon Press Limited created a stir in the world of photography. Techniques of the World’s Great Photographers included Francis Giacobetti in the very closed circle of the world’s forty greatest photographers since the beginning of photography. Those whose style is instantly recognizable.
Daguerre, Henry Fox Talbot, Nadar, Roger Fenton, Lewis Carroll, Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Atget, Baron de Meyer, Edward Steichen, August Sander, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Weegee, Man Ray, Kertész, Blumenfeld, Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Joel Meyerovitz, Francis Giacobetti. In principle, all these men have nothing in common, except that they are inventors of images, and that they all have the same occupation: “freezing life for an instant to enclose it in an image.” And what a beautiful way of living it is to watch women, men, and little children moving inside a small rectangle. Formerly, there were two Pirelli calendars, as well as the visual bible of great photographers, and several hundred award-winning exhibitions. In 1992, Francis Giacobetti offered photography a first-class introduction into the Grand Palais, for the Salon des Artistes Français, created by Colbert in 1663 according to the wish of King Louis XIV. He shared the podium with Camille Claudel for sculpture, Edouard Detaille for painting, Dunoyer de Segonzac for engraving, and Roland Schweitzer for architecture. In 1993, he was chosen by the building department of the Grand Louvre, along with artists César, Buren, and Jean-Pierre Reynaud, to introduce contemporary art in the museum of museums. Twenty-four of his pictures are still hanging in the former office of the Ministry of Finance, in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre.
In his ongoing series, All Is Not Lost, photographer Romany WG captures a different kind of beauty to abandoned buildings with the use of fearless models in his shots, often posing nude to convey passion, strength, softness and sometimes humour.
Choosing locations across Europe, he works with women whose “beauty works both in contrast and harmony to backdrops of forgotten industry, dying chateaus, decrepit hospitals and raw nature.” These exceptional images of female beauty and power distil the essence of defiance against the ravages of time.
Speaking further of the project, Romany said: “Ten years ago I started taking pictures of abandoned places, but after a few years I started to think there was something missing. These buildings were fairly soulless, so about five years ago I introduced models into my pictures. At first with costumes, but these became too bulky and restrictive – especially when trying to enter some abandoned sites. So then I found myself shooting more nudes.”
Now available in a limited edition book, All Is Not Lost makes a beautiful addition to the coffee table. Discover more at romanywg.com
A visual artist and print maker with the main focus in fine arts and alternative print processes.
amateurs worry about equipment,
professionals worry about money,
masters worry about light,
I just make pictures…
George Holz was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (aka “the Secret City”), graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for Helmut Newton, whom he credits with guiding his career. As a fledgling photographer, he lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion for major European magazines such as Italian Vogue and French Elle. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he set up his famous studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for major publications such as Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. His fine-art nudes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. His shows have included “Original Sin” and “Three Boys from Pasadena – A Tribute to Helmut Newton” with fellow Art Center alumni Just Loomis and Mark Arbeit. Holz has collected a variety of prestigious industry awards over the years including a Grammy and a Clio.
Holz works as an adjunct professor and lectures internationally at museums and universities, mentoring young photographers and passing on his photographic aspirations to “always begin and end with light, ” to “do it all in-camera,” and to “bring modern photography back to the level of the artful burn and dodge of the past.”
Holz continues to travel extensively for his commercial work, fine-art shows, and lectures, and is currently working on several projects, including his upcoming book of nudes. He presently bases in the rustic Catskill Mountains of New York, where he lives on a farm with his family, two dogs, and flock of East Friesian sheep. When not exploring remote locations and photographing his muses, George’s favorite pastimes include traveling the American backroads in his ’58 Airstream and conversing with his chocolate lab, Ruby.
Eric Kellerman is a Briton who has lived near Nijmegen in the Netherlands for just over half his life. In 2008, he retired from academic life to spend even more time on photography.
He works almost entirely in the studio and uses digital equipment from camera to print, although image manipulation is limited to darkroom-like processes. Specialising in the nude, he has a regular team of female collaborators, most of whom have a serious interest in movement (dance, drama therapy, athletics, martial arts). Sometimes, when there is no model available, he photographs vegetables and fruit out of desperation. He is doing more fashiony things these days too.
Kellerman used to consider his work to be distant, abstract, melancholic, ‘unerotic’, despite its subject matter. Now he’s not so sure. He emphasises line, geometrical form, texture, implicit movement, and above all, chiaroscuro. He likes to create ambiguity in his photos, so that the viewer is sometimes unsure what part of the body is being looked at. In this way, he attempts to free the female body of its conventional associations.
He has been influenced by surrealism (Dali, Magritte, Delvaux’ nudes and railway stations) and the Canadian ‘magic realist’ painter Alex Colville, whose occluded bodies in essentially intimate scenes can create a surprising sense of alienation. This partial view, the ‘privileged peep’, fits in with Kellerman’s particular aesthetic very well.
Occupation: Project Manager, photographer
Location: Moscow, Russia
I want to share with you the view through my camera and the great results that I accomplished in the last few years.
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris. He discovered photography during his high school years, which led him to study visual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, David caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s. After graduation David decided to combine his 2 passions, photography and Asia. Over the next 2 years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. David is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine. David currently contributes to the following magazines: Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Vogue China, Nippon Vogue, Vogue Spain, Elle US, GQ UK, Playboy, LUI, Porter Magazine, MUSE, Teats and Harpers Bazaar UK.
His commercial clients include: Hermes, Lanvin, Chanel, Maje, Eres, Charles Jourdan, Zadig & Voltaire, Free People, La Perla, Net-A-Porter, Mikimoto, Lord and Taylor, Marks and Spencer, Guerlain, GUESS.
«I think nude is always a special challenge, in the sense that it is a discipline that is more susceptible to criticism for personal and moral values. In addition to portray a person, we’re exposing their bodies, hence there has to be much more careful by the photographer. There is also the fact that the nude has been portrayed even before the advent of photography, hence it is a discipline in which it is very difficult to innovate …»
«In addition to lure the beauty of the female body, I like the challenge of portraying differently than usual in this discipline. I like to show a strong and powerful woman, not the usual fragile and sensitive woman.»