Hailing from Los Angeles, photographer, writer and director, Steven Lyon has been considered an enigma within his industry of the art world and a bona-fide Renaissance visionary. He has engineered a creative legacy both in front and behind the camera for over three decades. . It was in the early 1980’s that he was first discovered by Andy Warhol’s lens as a model for his new Interview magazine. One of the top male models in the world throughout the 80s and 90s, he is still considered one of the internationally recognized, iconic fashion models of this decade.
For the past 20 years Steven Lyon immersed himself into the fashion world of Paris - only this time, on the other side of the lens, as an esteemed fine art, fashion and celebrity photographer. Lyon drew inspiration from legendary, cinematic greats and the celebrated, fashion photographers of the ‘80s.
In the city of lights, he established himself as a creative impresario, sometimes irreverent, a borderline rebel, 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 plus many more leading art magazines. (www.stevenlyon.com)
For the past 4 years, Lyon has been filming a feature documentary 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 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. He is the first American to complete such a journey to combat this catastrophe. To complete his mission, Lyon orchestrated a skeleton film crew and from this the makings of his documentary were born.
In 2013 Steven Lyon founded a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization
called, Lyonheartlove. The Rhino documentary, “Something that Matters”, is the inaugural project under the auspices of Lyonheartlove.
Steven Lyon’s directorial work has come to the attention and 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 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 top prize at the “Los Angeles Sin Festival.”
Amongst other projects, Lyon is at work on producing and directing a book and documentary called, “Kings of the Catwalk: Project 80’s” - a project highlighting the top male models of the
80’s and how HIV effected their lives and changed the industry at its most glamorous time in history. This marks another project under the Lyonheartlove banner. Proceeds from the book will go to AIDS research.
After a three-decade stint abroad and in NYC, Steven Lyon has finally returned to his hometown, Los Angeles where he founded and is acting editor in chief and creative director of a new art publication named "INDULGE". Its an art and image based bi-annual publication.
He most recently completed writing his latest passion project, a feature film, “The Love We Deserve”.
The film is a Dramedy about family, truth, lies and forgiveness. However, in the end its love that drives the story to its resolve.
Lyon continues his tireless work on the plight of the Rhinos and will be debuting his documentary, “Something That Matters”, in Spring 2020.
In the meantime, while bringing back to LA his European sensibility and style, as
well as his beautiful imagery and cinematic eye, Steven Lyon enjoys his California days with Rudy, his 13 year old American Staffordshire, writing and continuing his inspirational and imaginative journey and artistic legacy.