David Sims
Born1966 (age 57–58)
Sheffield, England
PartnerLuella Bartley

David Sims (born 1966) is a British fashion photographer who first made his name in the early 1990s.

Commercial career

Sims was born in Sheffield. He worked first as a photographer's assistant with Robert Erdmann and Norman Watson.[1] He was taken on by a photography agency and his work began to feature in editorial pages of magazines. He has also worked in advertising, creating images for brands.[2]


International exhibitions of Sims' work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.[3]

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London held a solo exhibition of Sims' work in 2013.[2]


His work is held in the permanent collections of London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Tate Modern.[2][4]


Sims was named young fashion photographer of the year twice (1994 and 1996) at the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival.[3]

Personal life

Sims once lived in Cornwall with his partner, the fashion designer Luella Bartley.[5] They now live in London.[6]


  1. ^ "David Sims - Voguepedia". Vogue.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "BOWIEVIRUS: David Sims | Institute of Contemporary Arts". Ica.org.uk. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "David Sims - SHOWstudio - The Home of Fashion Film". SHOWstudio. 23 January 2002. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ "V&A Museum - Radical Fashion". Vam.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Luella Bartley (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  6. ^ "David Simsis One of the 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2018". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 24 January 2019.