denis piel (b. 1944, France). Raised in Australia is an internationally acclaimed photographer, best known for his groundbreaking editorial work during fashion’s halcyon days of the 1980’s Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. Piel’s work has always raised an eyebrow, not only for its brave portrayals of his subjects but also for its fresh, almost raw honesty. Piel’s eye is now trained on Mother Earth, as sensual a subject as he had ever encountered.
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 ground-breaking fashion and advertising images that have become synonymous with his name. His editorial work during fashion’s 1980s halcyon days in Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair had always been motivated by what he calls “the truth behind the image ”.
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.
FACESCAPES was exhibited at Museu de Traje, Lisbon, Portugal in 2008 and at Musée du Textile å Labastide Rouairoux, France in 2010.
In 2012, Rizzoli published a retrospective monograph of Piel’s fashion and portrait photographs called MOMENTS – denis piel. 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, DOWN TO EARTH, with a subsequence book published in 2016.
An exhibition at the Lumiére Brothers Center for Photography, in Moscow in 2017 titled FILM STILLS – Fashion Photography- denis piel, concentrated his unique cinematic style and artistic process that make his photography so enigmatic and unique. FILMSCAPES published in June 2020.
The exhibition at the Lumiére Brothers Center for Photography, in Moscow in 2017 titled FILM STILLS was originally inspired from the concept of the book Filmscapes.
An exhibition of DOWN TO EARTH was shown at PHILLIPS, in London. Feb 5th to 16th, 2018
The book DOWN TO EARTH was published the same year.
THE Books FILMSCAPES, EXPOSED and PLATESCAPES all published in 2020.
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