Denis Piel

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Denis Piel
Born 1944
Occupation photographer

Denis Piel is a French photographer and film-maker. He was born in France in 1944,[1] he was raised in Australia[2] and educated in the United States. He lives in the south-west of France,[2] he worked as a fashion photographer in the 1980s; from 1979 he was under contract to Condé Nast.[3] He stopped taking photographs in about 1990, and took up film-making, but without great success.[2] A book of his photographs of women, with brief texts by him, Donna Karan and Polly Mellen, was published by Rizzoli in 2012.[4][1][5]

Piel won the Leica Medal of Excellence for Commercial Photography in 1987,[6] his work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[6]


  1. ^ a b [s.n.] (10 March 2013). Lempaut. Un nouveau projet photographique pour Denis Piel (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. (subscription required).
  2. ^ a b c American Photo. pp. 48–49. ISSN 1046-8986. 
  3. ^ "Model Behavior: Denis Piel Has a Way With Women". 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Denis Piel, Polly Allen Mellen, Donna Karan (2012). Denis Piel: Moments. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 9780847838783.
  5. ^ Ferla, Ruth La. "Real to the Touch". 
  6. ^ a b Villarreal, Ignacio. "Denis Piel's first exhibition in Russia opens at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography".