Denis Piel was born in France in 1944 and was raised in Australia, where he began his career in photography. After living briefly in Europe, he moved to New York in 1979 when he was offered a contract with VOGUE. During the 1980's his work for the French, Italian, and American editions of VOGUE, GQ, and Vanity Fair and advertising clients including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, L’Oreal and Estee Lauder becameknown for its unflinching take on the heightened interest in eroticism in contemporary life.
After much success with his photography, Piel began exploring the world of film and founded Jupiter Films in 1985, a film production company that soon gained international success. He directed his first feature-lenght documentary film, Love Is Blind, in 1995.
Several books of his work have been published, including Moments (2012), Down to Earth (2016) and most recently a collection of 3 volumes - Exposed, Filmscapes, and Platescapes (2020).
Piel’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum in London and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.