Eyeist: Stephen Mayes

Stephen Mayes
Executive Director

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VII Photo

CEO, Managing Director

Art And Commerce

Director, Image Archive

Getty Images

SVP Content

Photonica, USA



Editorial, Curation/Fine Art, Stock

Documentary/Photojournalism, Portraiture, Lifestyle, Street, General

Stephen Mayes for over twenty-five years has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in areas as diverse as art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As creative director, CEO and ambassador for the medium of photography, he has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for American, Asian and European imaging companies.

Stephen was Creative Director of eyestorm.com, working with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach. As Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce, he represented the archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and others. Stephen was part of the founding management team of Getty Images and his work as SVP and Group Creative Director helped to launch the company as the world’s commercially most successful image supplier. He has deep experience in world-shaping photojournalism as Director of Network Photographers in London and, most recently, as CEO of VII in New York, both high-profile co-operatives of leading photojournalists. From 2004 to 2012 he took an annual assignment as Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam. He is currently Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust.

Often described as a “futurist” Stephen has broadcast, taught and written extensively about the ethics and practice of photography.