Craig McDean (born 1964, England) is a British fashion photographer and filmmaker originally from Middlewich near Manchester, but now based in New York City. McDean is married to stylist Tabitha Simmons and he is represented by Art + Commerce in New York.
McDean originally trained and worked as a car mechanic before studying photography at Mid Cheshire College and Blackpool & Fylde College of Further & Higher Education. 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.
In 1999, McDean made his highly anticipated publishing debut with I Love Fast Cars, his homage to the world of drag racing and the community who love it. In 2004, his second book, Lifescapes, was published by Steidl/Dangin. 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. He is a 2008 recipient of the ICP Infinity Award.
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.
I love Craig McDean for his striking style that he has as a photographer, he never does a boring editorial. And finds an edge in every work that he does. Just look at this editorial below or the others I have published by him. It is easy to spot the look that he has. A bit of supernatural and a lots of beauty.
Interview Magazine August 2010
Photographed by Craig McDean
Models: Freja Beha Erichsen and Dan Kling
Styled by: Karl Templer
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