Denis Piel was born in France in 1944, spent his childhood in Australia, and studied in the USA. In 1979, he was noticed by the legendary editor-in-chief of the Condé Nast publishing house, Alexander Lieberman, and Denis Piel received an exclusive contract, being in the same professional environment with Richard Avedon and Irwin Penn. For ten years, he took a lot of fashion shoots for leading magazines of the publishing house. The heroines of his photographs were Kristie Tarlington, Rachel Williams, Lara NASHINSKY, Eva Wallen, Nancy Donahue, Gia Carangi, Kelly Le Broc, Joan Severans, Joanna Pakula. He was always more interested in models that were or could become actresses in a photograph, rather than blindly following the instructions of the photographer. In the late 1980s, Denis Piel was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence for Commercial Photography Award, then he founded the agency Jupiter Films, leaving Condé Nast and focusing on filmmaking. While working on Vogue and other Condé Nast magazines, Denis Piel used many techniques to give images the necessary sensuality.
Peel himself believes that cinema geniuses such as Stanley Kubrick, Satyajit Ray, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michelangelo Antonioni, John Cassavetis, Ingmar Bergman, Elia Kazan, Francois Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa had a great influence on his vision. In his works you can see the cinematic approach, which gives a glossy photo a different dimension, expanding the boundaries of the genre.
Denis Piel made a great contribution to fashion photography. He created some of the most recognizable fashion series and portraits of that era, working for leading publications in the USA and Europe: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Self, GQ, The New York Times Magazine and others. Photos taken by Piel are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and many private collections around the world.