Stewart Shining

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Stewart Shining is a New York City-based photographer of contemporary actors, musicians, and models. Shining, born in Burlington, Vermont, and who grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota,[1] studied at the Parsons School of Design in the early 1980s and has been commissioned by both Vanity Fair and Vogue. He has worked on ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria's Secret, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren and Express.[2] In 2001, he photographed Elsa Benítez, Luján Fernández, Daniela Peštová, and Shakara Ledard for the Sports Illustrateds Swimsuit Issue,[3] and one of his photos of Benítez (pictured right) was selected for the cover.[4] He has continued to participate as a regular photographer for the annual Swimsuit Issue and recently shot for the upcoming "body painting" feature for 2011.

One of Shining's favorite photos occurred on assignment in Phuket, Thailand when a model jumped in the rain-pelted ocean.[5] He has shot a pre-teen Natalie Portman,[6] and more recently, when Drew Barrymore was named People Magazine's 2007 "World's Most Beautiful Person" Shining was chosen as the photographer.[7][8] He has produced numerous covers for Rolling Stone magazine including covers in back to back months in 2002.[9] He has also had numerous cover shots for Lucky, Self and Glamour.[10] Among his recent photo shoot subjects are Evangeline Lilly, Pink, Keira Knightley, and Alessandra Ambrosio.[11] In 2008, Shining took Alicia Keys' publicity shots for As I Am.[12] Also, in 2008 his photos of Rachel Bilson appeared in Lucky.[13]

Shining serves on the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation,[2] and is the president of ACRIA.[14] He has volunteered to take photographs on behalf of the Heart Gallery of New Jersey to help children find adoptive parents.[15]


  1. ^ "Contributors," Sports Illustrated, Winter 2004 (Swimsuit Issue), pg. 12
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Else Benitez". CNN/Sports Illustrated. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
    "Shakara Ledard". CNN/Sports Illustrated. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
    "Lujan Fernandez". CNN/Sports Illustrated. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
    "Daniela Pestova". CNN/Sports Illustrated. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Goddess of the Mediterranean". CNN/Sports Illustrated. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Phuket, Thailand, October 2000". The Advocate. HighBeam Research, Inc. 2004-02-03. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  6. ^ "By Stewart Shining, for Time Out (February 1996)". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  7. ^ "World's Most Beautiful: Drew Barrymore". People Magazine. Time Inc. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Drew Barrymore - Stewart Shining Photoshoot Pictures". 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Jennifer Love Hewitt-RS 813 (May 27, 1999)". Rolling Stone. 1999-05-27. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "'N Sync - RS 837 (Mar 30, 2000)". Rolling Stone. 2000-03-30. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "Sarah Michelle Gellar-RS 840 (May 11, 2000)". Rolling Stone. 2000-05-11. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "Smallville-RS 892 (March 28, 2002)". Rolling Stone. 2002-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "The Sweetest Thing-RS 894 (April 25, 2002)". Rolling Stone. 2002-04-25. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Covers". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Keira Knightley - HQ Photoshoot Pictures by Stewart Shining". 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "Evangeline Lilly - HQ Photoshoot Pictures by Stewart Shining". 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "Pink - In the Bathtub HQ Photoshoot Pictures". 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
    "Alessandra Ambrosio - HQ Photoshoot Pictures by Stewart Shining (POTW #5)". 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Alicia Keys Stewart Shining Photo Shoot". RnB Music 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  13. ^ "Gorgeous Rachel Bilson Covers Lucky". Glam Media, Inc. 2008-02-11. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  14. ^ "New Optimism for AIDS Activist". Wall Street Journal. 2013-05-19. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  15. ^ "Photography To Help New Jersey Children". Photo District News Pulse. The Nielsen Company. 2007-07-31. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 

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