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denis piel (b. 1944) is an award winning, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker.
Piel opened his first photography studio in Australia in 1966. He moved to Europe in 1970. A 1979 assignment for the New York Times Magazine caught the eye of Condé Nast editorial director Alexander Liberman, who hired Piel for American Vogue. This led to an exclusive contract with Condé Nast.
Piel relocated to New York City in 1979 and spent the next decade creating the groundbreaking fashion and advertising images that have become synonymous with his name. He generated many of the decade’s most iconic photographs for magazines like Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and Self. Piel was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence for Commercial Photography in 1987.
Piel founded Jupiter Films in 1985. He wrote and directed numerous Clio and Effie Award winning commercials. He left Condé Nast in 1989 to concentrate on filmmaking, which resulted in his first feature length documentary, Love Is Blind.
Piel’s interest in human relationships has not only been evident in his fashion, advertising and film work but more pointedly in personal projects that followed, most notably FACESCAPES
In 2012, Rizzoli published a retrospective monograph of Piel’s fashion and portrait photographs called Moments. This collection of work was exhibited in New York and France. A comprehensive retrospective exhibition called Essence was exhibited in 2013 at the Rove Gallery in London.
Piel and his family moved to the rural southwest of France. This change in lifestyle inspired Piel’s latest body of work, DOWN TO EARTH, shot in 2013-14.
Piel continues to explore the human condition with his next project, Dreaming. Concurrently he is working on a book of his fashion imagery called FILMSCAPES, which highlights the cinematic style and artistic process that made his photographs in this genre so enigmatic and unique.