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Nicholas Samartis is a photographer and director best known for his fashion and celebrity portraits in the pages of Vogue. Samartis was born in Athens, Greece, although he spent his early years in Sydney, Australia. Currently he spends his time between Los Angeles, New York, Athens and in now again based in Sydney. After studying at Sydney College of the Arts, Samartis moved to Paris, where he began his career in photography at Pin Up Studios assisting the acclaimed photographer and creative director, Oliviero Toscani among others. Upon return to Sydney, Nicholas began a five year tenure shooting fashion editorial and covers for Australian Vogue as well as all major advertising campaigns. After then basing himself in New York and Los Angeles and during his 10 year tenure at American Vogue, Samartis photographed some of the world’s biggest stars including Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightly, Amy Adams, Katie Holmes, Gerard Butler, Marissa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Kate Bosworth, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Judd, Ashton Kutcher, January Jones, as well as supermodels of the day including Giselle, Doutzen Kroes, Karolina Kourkova, Raquel Zimmermann, Shalom Harlow, Naomi Campbell, Milla Jovovitch, Gemma Ward and Lauren Hutton and perhaps the art world's most notable artist Jeff Koons - musicians : Gwen Stefani, Franz Ferdinand, Ben Harper, Joss Stone, Deborah Harry from Blondie and for Warner Music has photographed, Tom Petty, Prince, Billy Joel and James Taylor. And in the U.S. undertaken campaigns and work alongside elite designers including, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row, Alexander Wang, BCBG Max Azria, Saddelites Jeans, and campaigns for Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. For preeminent client, New York City's Metropolitan Opera, he worked on Robert Lepage's production of 'The Damnation of Faust' In New York City in 2006 at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, Samartis was lauded as a fashion icon at a reception hosted by the Australian Consul-General, Ken Allen and Anthony Pratt, Chairman of Pratt Industries - celebrating his achievements among international luminaries of the fashion and magazine worlds including representatives from Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Conde Nast's Vanity Fair, American Vogue and GQ. Samartis has also directed film, most notably a commercial for Christian Dior. He now divides his time shooting both photographs and spearheading the new medium, digital-films. In Los Angeles, he exhibited his first solo show of landscapes entitled 'Blue Period'. In 2012 he was featured in the Australian edition of 'Masters of Photography'.
Samartis was the only photographer selected to be featured along with the world’s leading contemporary artists in 
the ‘Art Hunter' exhibition during the 2014 Biennale season.
And in February 2014 established Samartis & Ducker (SuperStudio). Australia’s premier photographic studio. In 2015 received The 'Pinnacle' award at The Australian Design Biennale. It is the highest photographic accolade, (not given out every ceremony) in the photography for design category. American Vogue’s photo director, Ivan Shaw says, "Nicholas Samartis' work fits seamlessly in the tradition of the great celebrity and fashion photographers. His pictures uphold the traditions of the classical portrait while at the same time express a modernity that makes them truly of the moment." Samartis' archives and catalogue are represented by Getty Images worldwide.