For over 20 years Michael Woolley’s fashion images have lit up the editorial and advertising pages of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, amongst many other of the world’s most popular fashion magazines.
Michael’s interest in fashion photography was sparked at university whilst dating a successful fashion model. He bought his first camera, a Pentax K1000, two weeks before final exams for his English History degree.
Initially Michael was drawn to the vibrant creativity of French and Italian fashion editorial. Like many of the most exciting fashion photographers of the time, he had his first breaks working for Vogue Bambini, Vogue Homme International and French Marie Claire.
Michael has a strong reputation for working fast and effectively, provoking spontaneous reactions and uplifting positivity on set. This can be seen perfectly consolidated within his shoots with dancers, large groups of models and his choreographing of dynamic movement. A key aspect of his work is a craftsmanlike approach to the sensitive manipulation of colour, tone and definition.
Michael has worked extensively within the UK, Italy, France and the USA. His work spans both the editorial and commercial spectrums, from revered independent style titles like The Face and the iconic Italian Vogue, to e-commerce retailers and main brand advertising campaigns for luxury brands. He currently lives in London where he regularly teaches on Kingston School of Art’s prestigious Fashion Design BA course and previously as a Visiting Lecturer and External Examiner at Falmouth University.
The renowned SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne, home of the August Sander and Bernd and Hilla Becher archives, includes 31 of Michael’s images in their permanent collection.
He has also contributed to more than 20 books, among them Jocks and Nerds, Richard Martin & Harold Koda, Rizzoli New York, 1989; Galliano, Colin McDowell, 1997 and the Bloom Book, Li Edelkoort, Flammarion, 2001.
Vogue Homme International
Glamour Italy and France
Marie Claire France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, UK
New York Times
ELLE France, UK, USA, Japan, Germany
Condé Nast Traveler
Sunday Times Style
D la Republicca
Harpers & Queen
Harper’s Bazaar Australia
America’s Next Top Model.
Advertising, retail, brochures
and e-commerce: clients
Dolce & Gabbana
Hudson Bay Company
Ann Taylor Loft
Handsome Corporation, Korea
Marks and Spencers
The Dorchester Collection
Proctor & Gamble
TV commercials and short films: for Danone, IO Donna, French Marie Claire, The Room (Hudson Bay Company), Interface Flor, Gerblé, Gaylorde Hauser, System (Korea)