Photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is renowned for her remarkable insights into youth culture, body image and the effects of consumerism. Author of the groundbreaking books Fast Forward, Girl Culture and Thin, her work is widely published and in many museum collections including the Getty, LACMA, SFMOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago. American PHOTO named Greenfield one of the 25 most influential photographers of our time. Greenfield’s Emmy-nominated documentary film Thin (HBO, 2006) provided an unprecedented window into the psychology of eating disorders. It premiered at Sundance and won the Best Documentary Award at the London Film Festival. Greenfield was commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation to direct a short film, as part of the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibition.
Largely self-taught, Melvin Sokolsky’s brief but intense career as a photographer made an important contribution to what is considered the golden age of magazine publishing (1950s - 1970s). Sokolsky was a frequent contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, Ladies Home Journal, Esquire, Newsweek, the New York Times and McCall’s (for which he photographed a complete one-man issue in October 1962). After nearly ten years at the top of his profession, Sokolsky translated his work into film and commercials. Sokolsky is the recipient of every major television commercial award including the coveted Directors Guild nomination and 25 Clio Awards. In 1972 Sokolsky was nominated for an Academy Award for a computerized zoom lens that he designed.
A photographer, makeup design director and master of color, Tyen has worked for the past 30 years with the House of Dior to create some of its their most enduring images and products. He moved to Paris at 16. He began his career doing stage makeup for the Paris Opéra. But he was soon discovered by the magazine world, creating looks for photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Bill King. Within a year, Tyen revealed his talents as a photographer, first for his own campaigns, then for established fashion magazines: Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, and for prestigious designers such as Versace, Valentino, Issey Miyake and Gianfranco Ferré, among others.
Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world’s most successful fashion and commercial photographers, while creating his own art along the way. His striking images, many of them iconic portraits of celebrities, have appeared on more than 100 covers of Vogue and been featured in countless other publications. Watson also has shot campaigns for many major corporations, such as Prada, Revlon and Chanel, and he has photographed dozens of Hollywood movie posters. All the while, Watson has spent his time working on personal projects, creating stunning images from his travels and interests, from Marrakesh to Las Vegas. The photo industry bible Photo District News named the Scotsman one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time.