In Focus: Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca, Photographer

Meet Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca, the photographer for the License to Thrill fashion shoot. The story of his career as a fashion photographer turns out to be as unexpected as it is inspiring.

Aug 10, 2009
Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca
Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Don’t be taken in by the fact that photographer Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca is one-quarter of two sets of twins. Despite the sibling similarities, Anaya-Lucca is entirely individual. One look at his distinctive portfolio tells the story.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to a cardiologist father and Episcopal minister mother, Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca moved to the mainland United States in 1974 and attended St. John’s Military School in Kansas. He developed a love of photography at 18, but his father encouraged him to focus on his studies and pursue photography only as a hobby. Accordingly, Arnaldo received his degree in finance and economics from Rockhurst College in Kansas City. He moved to Washington, DC, but during a 1986 Newark airport layover on the way home from London, he spontaneously decided to stay in New York. He’s been based there ever since, residing in the East Village.

Anaya-Lucca’s snap decision paid off, setting him on a path where photography would become much more than a hobby. His fashion career began in 1988, as a salesman at the Ralph Lauren flagship store in New York. He moved his way up through the company, becoming part of the menswear design team in 1992. Three years later, he joined the Ralph Lauren advertising department as a fashion stylist, and was named director of visual concepts, where he worked closely with the ad team and collaborated with photographer Bruce Weber. In late 1995, Ralph Lauren gave Anaya-Lucca his first photography assignment, shooting Tyson Beckford for the launch of the high-end Purple Label. Two years after that first published photograph, Anaya-Lucca moved on to pursue photography full time. Ralph Lauren remains his most loyal client.

In addition to his work for Four Seasons Magazine, Anaya-Lucca’s photographs are featured in Australian Vogue, Esquire, Interview, The New York Times Magazine, Spanish Harper’s Bazaar and multiple international editions of GQ. His client roster includes Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Brooks Brothers, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.


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