David Sims | Inside the Industry

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Acclaimed fashion photographer David Sims was initially known for his:

  • Stark modernism
  • Plain backdrops
  • Graphic posing in his work
  • In later years he would begin to capture movement in his photographs.

American Vogue remarked that Sims’ work was “setting a new standard” for fashion photography.


Sims regularly contributes to the most influential fashion publications in the world, including:

  • US and British Vogue
  • magazine
  • The Face
  • Arena
  • i-D
  • L’Uomo Vogue
  • Arena Homme Plus
  • Vogue Homme International
  • Dazed & Confused.

The photographer signed an exclusive retainer with US Harper’s Bazaar for 2000 and 2001. His numerous commercial clients represent fashion’s biggest players: Prada , Givenchy, Valentino, Stella McCartney , Salvatore Ferregamo, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang , among many more.


He began his editorial career in 1985 shooting for i-D, having assisted photographers Robert Erdmann and Norman Watson when he left school. Sims’ commercial break came when he was called upon to shoot Calvin Klein and CK’s 1993 campaigns featuring Kate Moss. Calvkin Klein sought a more modern aesthetic to suit his minimalist designs – and from this became internationally recognised. (Below).


A second globally recognised campaign, for Yohji Yamamoto in 1995, would cement Sims’ reputation and lead to him being named Photographer of the Year in 1996 at the International Festival of Photography. That same year he would shoot his first cover, for i-D, again featuring Kate Moss.

David know shoots for the likes of Vogue Paris on a regular basis.