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Craig McDean is a British fashion photographer and filmmaker originally from Middlewich, near Manchester. Craig first started taking pictures of his rocker friends as a teenager, before moving to London to assist Nick Knight. Craig’s first cover of i-D featured a ripped up Polaroid of Mica Paris for The Born Again Issue in November 1990. Something went wrong with the film and Craig had to pick the pieces of Polaroid out of the bin to create the cover, which he describes as “genius”. Craig has since shot over 23 covers for i-D, as well as being a regular contributor to Vogue Italia, British VogueW and Harper’s Bazaar. His advertising campaigns include Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Jil Sander and his inspirations are “everyone and everything”. Craig published his debut book, I Love Fast Cars, a collection of photographs celebrating the world of drag racing in 1999; in 2011 he published Sumo, a collection of photographs he took in 1993 in Tokyo observing Sumo wrestlers, and in 2013 he published Amber, Guinevere and Kate, a book of images of his three closest model friends. His favourite i-D covers are Stella Tennant for The Performance Issue, December 1995 and Shalom Harlow for The Subversive Issue, June 1995.


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