THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME by STEVE HIETT exhibition
This year’s president of jury for the photographers competing at the 29th edition of Hyeres Festival is Steve Hiett. The Villa Noailles will be exhibiting a series of his photographs during the three days of the competition.
Steve Hiett, 1978
Following an education in Art and Graphic Design, not forgetting his time spent on stage with his group The Pyramid, during the Swinging London years, Steve Hiett became, due to an unfortunate accident (he was electrocuted on stage), a tutelary figure in the world of fashion photography and artistic direction. Indeed, it was when deprived of his Fender that he started to photograph his group on tour, followed by other musicians, including Jimi Hendrix.
Then came collaborations with the magazines Nova and Queen, as well as British Vogue, followed in the 1970s by Vogue Paris, Elle and Marie Claire, with whom he shared a long and prolific collaboration. SteveHiett’s career path is like the cable attached to his Fender, which he has never abandoned: it echoes the riffs of life, devoid of any predestined route or career plan, instead taking instinct as its guide.
Some will recognise the signature style that he developed in the 1980s: over saturated images, off-centre framing, dazzling flash work. The Hyères festival, which will present the first major exhibition of his work, will bring to light some of the unsung aspects of his photography, in order to re-establish the full scope of an oeuvre which represents an essential milestone in the history of contemporary fashion photography.
Steve Hiett lives in Paris where he continues to work as a photographer for fashion (notably for Vogue Italy), as well as a musician and art director.