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Botkier | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort
Botkier | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

US Fashion Photographers You Need To Know

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Updated: 10 January 2017
The world of fashion is constantly changing. And while famous photographers, such as Richard Avedon and Steven Meisel, have captured the essence of this industry over the past several decades, a new wave of fashion photographers in the US are emerging. Here are seven of the most captivating of the bunch.

Christine Hahn

Christine Hahn‘s images are anything but subtle. Bold colors, unusual props, and wildly stunning portraits emanate a futuristic air. Originally from Seattle, Christine was drawn to photography at a young age. She has worked with clients such as L’Oreal, Amazon, Clinique, and Maybelline, and has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. She currently resides in New York.

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

Courtesy of Christine Hahn

 

Yuki James

Yuki James, a former fashion stylist and editor, began taking photography courses only four years ago; since then, he has risen to the top as one of the more compelling fashion-inspired photographers. His subjects, which mainly include people, rarely feature the typical models seen in mainstream fashion photography; rather, he focuses on shapes and perceptions, often shooting subjects in their own homes. James is currently based in New York.

‘I want to capture something real in every person I shoot. I have no interest in creating just another pretty picture.’

Madoca | Courtesy of Yuki James

Madoca | Courtesy of Yuki James

Nar + Cheeky | Courtesy of Yuki James

Nar + Cheeky | Courtesy of Yuki James

Richie | Courtesy of Yuki James

Richie | Courtesy of Yuki James

Tawan | Courtesy of Yuki James

Tawan | Courtesy of Yuki James

Cheeky | Courtesy of Yuki James

Cheeky | Courtesy of Yuki James

Sarah | Courtesy of Yuki James

Sarah | Courtesy of Yuki James

Richie | Courtesy of Yuki James

Richie | Courtesy of Yuki James

 

Olivia Locher

Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2013, Olivia Locher has quickly become known for her ‘sarcastic approach’ to studio photography. Her work features unusual juxtapositions of props aimed to startle the imagination, with color and concept evoking a dreamlike state. Originally from Pennsylvania, Locher discovered photography as a teenager in response to her growing fascination with fashion magazines, recreating images she saw in publications like W and Vice. She currently resides in New York City where she is working on an art book, I Fought the Law, set to be released in the fall of 2017.

How to wear heels | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to wear heels | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to straighten your hair | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to straighten your hair | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to get what you want| Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to get what you want | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to business casual | How to dry shampoo | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to business casual | How to dry shampoo | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to shine your shoe | How to highlight your face | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

How to shine your shoe | How to highlight your face | Courtesy of Olivia Locher

 

Rebekah Campbell

Raised in OklahomaRebekah Campbell began snapping photos as early as 15 years old. She attended art school at the Savannah College of Art and Design before moving to New York City to pursue her passion for photography. At just 23 years old, her work is notably mature beyond her years, with images centered around projections of femininity and youthhood. Campbell is inspired by ‘anti-fashion,’ or the mixing of fashion with her everyday images, and has worked with clients such as Marc Jacobs, Jeffrey Campbell, Steve Madden, and Urban Outfitters.

‘I first knew I wanted to be a photographer when I felt ‘it’ and you only know what that is the more you do this.’

Camilla | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Camilla | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

OK | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

OK | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Sasha | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Sasha | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Color Match | ODDA | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Color Match | ODDA | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Select | Bodies and Satin | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

Select | Bodies and Satin | Courtesy of Rebekah Campbell

 

Paul Costello

Paul Costello purchased his first camera, the classic rainbow-striped Polaroid, at just eight years old. He graduated from NYU with a degree in photography in 1993, embarking on an incredibly successful career. He has worked with big names such as Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta, with his work appearing in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Condé Nast, and Travel + Leisure. Costello delves into other realms outside of fashion including travel, interiors, and lifestyle portraits – all of which highlight the beauty of clean and classy photographic art.

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Cartier | Courtesy of Paul Costello

Cartier | Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

Courtesy of Paul Costello

 

Landon Nordeman

Landon Nordeman‘s work demands attention. Each photograph conveys a sense of mystery and irony, focusing on position, gesture, and details to transpire thought in the viewer. Using his environment as inspiration, Nordeman opts to shoot during gatherings and celebrations, telling a story through his own point of view. His first book, Out of Fashionwas published in October 2016, covering four years of fashion weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris; it was named one of the ‘Best Photobooks of 2016’ by TIME.

‘My work is about discovery – about finding the eternal in the ephemeral. I have an idea of what I am looking for, but I never know exactly what it is until I see it.’

DRIES VAN NOTEN: Scenes from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 on March 2, 2016, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

DRIES VAN NOTEN: Scenes from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 on March 2, 2016, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

DIOR: Models wait backstage before the fashion show begins during Paris Haute Couture Week Spring/Summer 2016 on January 25, 2016, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

A man takes a photograph outside of the Dior show during Paris Haute Couture Week Spring/Summer 2016 on January 25, 2016, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Scenes from New York Fashion Week, SPRING/SUMMER 2016, on September 13, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Scenes from New York Fashion Week, SPRING/SUMMER 2016, on September 13, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Thom Browne. Scenes from New York Men's Fashion Week, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Thom Browne. Scenes from New York Men’s Fashion Week, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Giambattista Valli. Scenes from day 2 of Paris Couture Fashion Week, on Monday, July 6, 2015, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Giambattista Valli. Scenes from day 2 of Paris Couture Fashion Week, on Monday, July 6, 2015, in Paris, France. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Marc Jacobs at the Park Avenue Armory. Scenes from New York Fashion Week, FALL/WINTER 2015, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Marc Jacobs at the Park Avenue Armory. Scenes from New York Fashion Week, FALL/WINTER 2015, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, in New York City. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Scenes from NYFW, Prabal Gurung at Moynihan Station on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in NYC. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

Scenes from NYFW, Prabal Gurung at Moynihan Station on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in NYC. | Courtesy of Landon Nordeman

 

Sophie Elgort

Sophie Elgort – inspired by her father, photographer Arthur Elgort – began taking photographs at a young age. Born and raised in New York City, Elgort received her degree from Brown University before jumping into the fashion industry. Her work has been featured in Elle, Glamour, and Teen Vogue, and she has worked for clients such as ADIDAS, Ralph Lauren, Topshop, and OLAY. Alongside her photography, she also contributes to several media outlets as a photography and fashion expert both on-air and online.

Etienne Aigner | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Etienne Aigner | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Botkier | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Botkier | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

ADIDAS | Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort

Courtesy of Sophie Elgort