Mikael Jansson is one of the leading fashion photographers and directors in the fashion industry. The highly acclaimed photographer is most famously known for creating epic features for some of the biggest and leading fashion brand publications of our modern era. Mikael Jansson is renowned by all for his technical prowess and his photographs that are emotionally charged, spanning across several fashion genres. Mikael Jansson’s has a deep spirit of adventure and travel has taken him to some of the most spectacular locations around the world on assignments for publications such as W Magazine, Vogue, Vogue Paris and Vogue Nippon. He has also regularly contributed to Interview Magazine, shooting celebrity cover features as well as influential actors, musicians, and designers. Some of his most notable contributions include Love and i-D, Calvin Klein, Armani Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, H&M, Salvatore Ferragamo and Christian Dior. Mikael Jansson has also published several books and hosted exhibits in galleries and museums worldwide.


Mikael Jansson was born on the 15th of July, 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden. His childhood was full of creativity and an open society, where individuality and expressionism were embraced. He also had a strong passion for photography and knew it was something he wanted to pursue as a career at a young age.

Mikael Jansson got his first camera when he was 11 years old. It didn’t take him long for his skills to sine, as by 15, he had his own darkroom in the closet. He started taking a lot of pictures of bands that came to Stockholm, as he also has a great passion for music. There, he met a girl when we he was lining up for tickets to the David Bowie concert. The both of them slept in sleeping bags for three days and three nights outside the ticket office. It so happened that the girl, who worked as a model, said she knew a photographer who required an assistant.


Mikael Jansson was never big on education and preferred to enter the real world and gain hands-on experience. He took up the girls offer and landed a job working as an assistant in Stockholm for five years. The photographer Mikael Jansson worked with was amazing and he taught him about Avedon and Penn and Cartier-Bresson. He gained a lot of experience and knowledge working as an assistant that he still applies to his work today.

Having been intrigued by Avedon,  Mikael Jansson decided that he wanted to go to New York and work for them.


The young photographer wasted no time brought a ticket to New York. The first phone call Mikael Jansson made when he arrived was to Avedon’s studio. The informed him that they weren’t looking for anyone new at the time, but to send in his resume for future opportunities. That’s exactly what Mikael Jansson did. While waiting to land a job with the fashion brand, he decided to start freelancing in New York which he did for two months when Avedon called him. Mikael Jansson sat for three different interviews, eventually getting the job. He would work there for two years.

In 1987, after gaining a vast amount of experience, Mikael Jansson returned to Stockholm and set up his own studio and darkroom, which maintains his archive today.

By the time the early 90s hit, Mikael Jansson had moved to Paris and established his career as an international fashion photographer working for magazines such as French Glamour, British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Numero, Arena Hommes Plus and Stockholm New, a magazine that Mikael Jansson helped establish himself.

Mikael Jansson has established himself over the course of the years with an international roster of international brands such as Donna Karan, Tiffany & Co, Calvin Klein, Gap, Guerlain, Lancôme, Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Armani, Dior, Tod’s, and Estée Lauder.

Currently, the famous fashion photographer is commissioned for several publications including Vogue, Interview Magazine, Vogue Paris, W Magazine, Vogue Hommes International, i-D, Love, Pop, Another Magazine and V Magazine. Many of these assignments mean that he is getting the opportunity to work with high-profile celebrity features such as Jodie Foster, Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Sofia Coppola, Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Marc Jacobs.


Mikael Jansson like to capture the moment in every photograph he takes. He doesn’t want to over direct, his photoshoots, rather he likes to stand back and see what’s going to happen. He believes that it’s the smaller details when the models let their guard down that is worth capturing.

Mikael Jansson photography is much more about people and the ability to capture feelings. Some people in the fashion industry say there is a bit of melancholy in his work, and even the photographer agrees. However, his most important goal when taking a photograph is to have something to say in his image. Mikael Jansson tries to reach out to you through his photograph.


1. Mikael Jansson isn’t a fan of doing interviews and tries to avoid them at all costs. It is because he isn’t very good with his words and would prefer to hide behind his camera.

2. Mikael Jansson is open to talking about nudity in his photographs. Growing up in Sweden he was surrounded by people who were comfortable with nudity. Women who model for the photographer have stated that they feel comfortable with Mikael Jansson due to his perception of the female body. His perspective is more romantic and respectful of the female body.

3. The photographer loves to capture those little moments in between, like, if the model is doing their hair and makeup, and Mikael Jansson can steal a moment right after. There are always moments.

4. Mikael Jansson garnered international attention in 1998 when he published a nude portfolio in Dutch, then considered by industry insiders the leading avant-garde magazine. The feature spanned 82 pages and included fashion credits to nude images in a nod to Andy Warhol.