“I”ll make images as long as I have something to say”
– Steven Lyon
Hailing from Los Angeles, photographer, writer and director, Lyon has been considered an enigma within his industry of the art world and a bona-fide renaissance visionary. He has engineered a creative legacy both in front and behind the camera for over three decades.
It was in the early 80’s that he was first discovered by Andy Warhol’s lens as a model for his new Interview magazine. Considered one of the top male models in the world throughout the 80s and 90s, he is still one of the internationally recognized, fashion models of this era.
For the past 25 years he immersed himself into the fashion world of Paris – only this time, on the other side of the lens, as a fine art, fashion, celebrity and wildlife photographer. Lyon drew inspiration from the cinema especially film noir and German Expressionist cinematography.
In the city of lights, he established himself as a creative impresario, sometimes irreverent, a borderline rebel, walking his own path in the global, fashion photography, arena. Lyon’s work has been exhibited throughout the galleries of Europe, and published in numerous magazines including, Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, but mostly in leading art house magazines.
For the past 8 years, Lyon has been in production of a feature documentary film shot Africa called, “Something that Matters”. This poignant documentary takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching and corruption, which threatens extinction of the entire Rhino species. Lyon has logged over 1,000 km, on foot, on an exceptional trek in the African Bush in search of the real story behind this crisis.
In 2013 Steven Lyon founded a nonprofit organization aptly named Lyonheartlove. The documentary, is the inaugural project under the auspices of the organization.
Steven’s directorial work has come to the attention and acknowledged by a variety of international film festivals. His music video, “Fire”, for the band “The Winery Dogs”, was the official selection for both “New York Film Week” and “Los Angeles International Film Festival”. The video garnered top prize in “Hollywood International Motion Picture Film Festival” and “The Prague International Film Festival”. He was also slated as the “director to watch”. His sultry, sexy short film “Remember Cuba” was recently selected and won top prize at the “Los Angeles Sin Festival.”
After a three-decade stint abroad and in NYC, Steven Lyon has finally returned to his hometown of Los Angeles where he founded and is acting editor in chief of a new art publication named “INDULGE”. It’s an art and image based bi-annual publication catering to film photography profiling master photographers and artist.
Lyon continues his tireless work on the plight of the Rhinos and will be debuting his documentary, “Something That Matters”, in Spring 2023.
In the meantime he enjoys his California days with his 15 year old American Staff Rudy and continuing his imaginative journey and creative legacy.