In Yale Wagner's images, architectural forms and the texture of landscape provide the catalyst to both explore - and frame - his subjects.
He came of age with the minimalism and monumentality of the desert landscape of Southern Arizona. As a child, he thought he might become an astronomer, or architect. With more of an inclination to produce art, he studied photography with a bachelor's degree in art history at the University of Arizona. In Santa Fe, he made extended studies in photography with iconic fashion photographer Sheila Metzner that sparked an early portfolio of work that led to an introduction to Helmut Newton. Moving to New York in the mid 90s, his first experiences included working as an intern with blue chip photography gallery Pace MacGill on an exhibition for Irving Penn. He worked for a period as an assistant editor on architectural monographs, sparking his ability to connect with architecture from the inside out (and later helped lead to his first interiors breakthroughs shooting for Esquire). Factoring into his experience includes periods working with iconic 90s fashion photographer David Seidner, and later Annie Leibovitz.
His clients have included Condé Nast Traveler, AD India, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Interior Design, Sotheby's, Berkshire Hathaway, House and Garden (UK), New York Times, Ralph Pucci (Paul Mathieu), Paul Mathieu for Luxury Living, Demisch Danant, Gyan Collection Jaipur, HIP Hotels, and Perivolas Santorini.
He travels regularly, and is based out of New York.