Because they have to work with teams of models, makeup artists, hairdressers, set designers, stylists, magazine editors, retouchers, and a posse of assistants, fashion photographers are not unlike film directors. And like directors, many of them are hacks, turning out reliably glossy, vacuously glamorous schlock month after month, but the best are genuine auteurs—artists who use the collaborative process to realize their own personal vision. If Beaton, Horst, Avedon, Penn, and Newton virtually define the pantheon, and Steven Meisel was inducted into its ranks years ago (his Linda Evangelista... More >>>