Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Craig McDean

Craig McDean (born 1964, England) is a British fashion photographer originally from Middlewich near Manchester, but now based in New York City.
McDean originally trained and worked as a car mechanic before studying photography at Mid Cheshire College and Blackpool & Fylde College. McDean began his photographic career in London as a photographer's assistant to photographer Nick Knight. His early editorial work was featured in magazines such as i-D and The Face, which led to advertising campaign work for clients such as Jil Sander and Calvin Klein, and editorial commissions with Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
More recently, McDean has photographed fashion campaigns for clients including Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, and Estée Lauder.
His editorial spreads are regularly featured in magazines including Vogue, W, and Another Magazine. Although primarily a fashion photographer, McDean has photographed portraits of celebrities including Björk, Madonna, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, Gael García Bernal and Nicole Kidman.
In 2008, McDean was given an Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography by the International Center of Photography.
McDean is married to stylist Tabitha Simmons. He is represented by Art + Commerce in New York.

Craig's photography has always been an inspiration to me. His impecable lighting and use of sophisticated sexuality have influenced my own work.

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