Marco Glaviano was born in Palermo, Sicily in 1942.
He studied architecture at the University of Palermo during which time he developed his interest in photography. He was involved in theater as a set designer and was simultaneously playing and recording with a Jazz Ensamble that participated in several international music festivals during the sixties, where he first started taking photographs of fellow Jazz musicians.
In 1966 Glaviano made the decision to pursue photography as a career and moved briefly to Rome, then to Milan, establishing a studio where he lived and worked for eight years. His photographs began appearing in major European fashion magazines, notably Italian Vogue, which eventually brought him to New York City where he established residence in 1975 and where he was soon under exclusive contract for American Vogue, and then from 1982 to 1994 with Harper’s Bazaar.
Glaviano has continued to photograph fashion and beauty for the leading American and European magazines and through these mediums has achieved status in the fashion industry as one of the top photographers in the world, having photographed more than 500 covers and editorials for the most prestigious international publications.
In the eighties in collaboration with Elite founder John Casablancas and Elite president Monique Pillard he was influential in developing the supermodel phenomenon and was chosen by Elite agency and supermodels Paulina Porizkova, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova to photograph all of their famous swimsuit calendars.
In 1995 Glaviano designed and founded Pier 59 Studio in New York, which is still today recognized as the most important photo studio in the world. His early interest in the new digital photography revolution led him to publish the first ever digital fashion picture in American Vogue in 1982. During his long career, he has been a consultant for Kodak, Fuji, Hasselblad, Phase One, Sinar and Scitex to advance the cause of digital photography.
Glaviano has published fifteen books to date, composed of his own personal photographs of the most famous models, actors and celebrities of the last decades and his other passions, Jazz, portraits and landscapes.
Marco has had thirty solo exhibitions of his work, in New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southampton, Miami, St.Barth, Milan, Moscow, Palermo, and Capri. The first solo show was in Palermo in 1948 at age six (drawings) and his artwork is part of many important private collections worldwide.
Never to be restricted by just one form of media, Glaviano has also photographed many major advertising campaigns for clients such as Loreal, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli and many others. His interests in film and video have led him to direct a number of TV commercials and short version music, fashion and beauty films for America and Europe. Living and working between New York and Milan, Glaviano continues to produce beautiful photographs comprising work in fashion, portraits and landscapes. He has just had his first major solo show in London coinciding with London Fashion week and will have a retrospective in Montecarlo in September 2016, to celebrate 50 years since his first studio in Rome in 1966.