So this is my 100th post. I’m not going to make a big deal of it, but I felt the need to acknowledge it.
So with that out of the way, let’s talk about Steven Meisel. He has a pretty impressive track record, if you’re impressed by things like shooting every cover of Vogue Italia since 1988. And doing what can only be described as SHIT loads of advertising campaigns and editorials out the wazoo. And given that such things impress me greatly, I want the world to know that I love Steven Meisel.
Every.Single.Cover. Since 1988.
Every SINGLE cover, for twenty two years.
When you think about how many photographers would kill to get the cover of Vogue, to have more than 300 of the things is really a monumental achievement. And that’s just Vogue Italia. There’s actually a book of them, if you are so inclined…
Instead of getting jaded or repetitive, Meisel always finds fresh ways to see things and is constantly coming up with amazing images. His advertising work is as regular as his editorial stuff, and of the same amazing quality. His is the kind of campaign that makes you buy magazines FOR the ads.
So what else?
Oh yea, he’s responsible for THAT grunge shoot in Vogue the ’90’s that made the look huge back then, so in a way he’s kind of responsible for the revival we’re having now. And I know, I know that Kurt and underground, and music and blah blah blah, but Meisel’s shoot brought the aesthetic to the clothes buying mainstream, so he IS responsible (along with the stylist), alright?! Interestingly, his work is often a lot sexier and elegant than that shoot, which was quite naive and fresh, even with the massive boots and plum lipstick. But again with the versatility and general deadly.
His work also sometimes a little bit reminds me of Guy Bourdin’s colour. He has supreme control over it, making his images striking and captivating. But you can gush over him for yourselves, here comes the good stuff….