Peggy Sirota taught herself how to use a camera while working at Fred Segal in Hollywood. Shooting headshots for her actor/model coworkers to make a little extra money, she fell in love with shooting and her career as a photographer was born. Sirota is known for creating evocative, authentic, emotional images which instantly connect you with her subject.
An extensive background in dance has deeply influenced Peggy. A love of movement and an instinctual awareness of body language often play a role in her creative process. Vulnerable portraits, a feminine connection to beauty, and a playful sense of humor are at the core of her work.
Peggy has photographed many iconic personalities, and her portraits have graced the covers and pages of GQ, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Interview, ESPN, Vogue Italia, and many more. She has worked on campaigns for Apple, Nike, GAP, Adidas, L’Oreal, CoverGirl, Clairol, Dove, Clinique, Olay, Disney, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Sony, Zegna, Barneys, Banana Republic, Roxy, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Old Navy, Motorola, Patek Philippe, Toyota, Lincoln, Infinity, amongst many others.
Her 1988 Volvo ad campaign garnered much attention for its first of its kind integration of lifestyle imagery into automotive advertising. She started directing in 1994 for clients such as MasterCard, Amazon, L’Oreal, CoverGirl, American Airlines, Target, AT&T, Stetson, NASCAR, Acura, Chrysler, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kellogg’s, Verizon, Pantene, Dial, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Garnier, General Motors, Levi’s, Macy’s, and the widely celebrated Banana Republic and Clinique Happy spots.
In 2000, Peggy’s first book GUESS WHO? was published by Steidl. An interactive book of celebrity-in-disguise portraits, Sirota challenges the reader to decipher the identity of her subjects with all profits going to AIDS Project LA.
— Drew Barrymore, American PhotoI think Peggy has this magical magnet inside her. She finds the genuine joy in people.
— Jim Moore, Creative Director at Large, GQEvery shoot we’ve done with her, we’ve come away with something memorable. She bats a thousand.
— The Rock on The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonSo I gotta tell you, with GQ it was the best experience with those guys. And Peggy Sirota, phenomenal photographer.