Hailing from the beaches of California, photographer, writer, and director. Steven Lyon has been considered an enigma within his industry of the art world and a bona-fide renaissance man. 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 back into his world of Paris. As a 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, 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, although mostly in leading art house magazines.
For the past 9 years, Lyon has been in the production of a feature documentary film shot in Africa called, “Something that Matters”. This poignant documentary takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching and corruption, which threatens the 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 late 2013 Steven Lyon founded a non-profit organization aptly named LYONHEARTLOVE. The documentary is the inaugural project under the auspices of the organization.
Recently LYONHEARTLOVE has released a series of art pieces created by Lyon to support the Ukrainian war effort titled: THE FREEDOM DROP
Steven’s directorial work has come to the attention and is 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 the 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 the top prize at the “Los Angeles Sin Festival.”
After a three-decade stint abroad and in NYC, Steven Lyon has finally returned to sunny California receding away from LA up in a cozy wooden cabin in the mountains where he created, founded, and is editor in chief of a new art publication named INDULGE . It’s an analog image-based bi-annual publication catering to artists of all kinds who have an affinity to support the environment and the animals that live in it.
Confident of new funding Lyon continues his tireless work on the plight of the Rhinos and after the last trip of filming to Africa and Asia ‘Something that Matters” will be debuting in Spring 2023.
In the meantime, he enjoys his California days hiking with his 16-year-old American Staff Rudy. He also continues exploring vegan cooking, writing, and his imaginative, creative journey.
“I”ll make images as long as I have something to say”