Steve Pyke was born in Leicester, England in 1957 and has been a contributing photographer at The New Yorker and at Vanity Fair since 1998. Throughout his career, Pyke has developed, funded and then published a number of personal projects. Best known are Philosophers, on the world’s leading thinkers, and Uniforms, on youth identity as expressed through uniforms. More recently, Pyke completed the series Astronauts. For the past three decades, Pyke has worked consistently on his series collecting the Faces of our Times. He is not only a portraitist, but has produced still-life projects, landscape work and experiments in collage and multiple imagery, including a body of humanist street photography.
Pyke has published nine books. His photographs have been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America, and is held in international permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London and in Washington DC, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum in London, and the New York Public Library.
In 2004, Pyke received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, for his services to the arts. In 2006, he was made a Friend of the Royal Photographic Society.