Sam Taylor-Johnson is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. She directed the Sundance Film Festival-winning short Love You More, written by Patrick Marber and produced by the late Anthony Minghella that earned both BAFTA and Cannes Palme d’Or nominations. Her feature film debut came in 2009 with the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated Nowhere Boy, based on the childhood experiences of John Lennon. 2015 saw the release of her directorial feature, Fifty Shades of Grey, which made $94 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and went on to make over $550 million worldwide, marking the biggest opening in history for a female director.
Taylor-Johnson has directed commercials for H&M, International Women’s Day, Edwin Jeans and more, as well as music videos for artists including Elton John and REM. She is currently directing the first two episodes of the psychological drama “Gypsy,” a Netflix series premiering in 2017 starring Naomi Watts. And she recently photographed an editorial campaign for Mandarin Oriental hotels and released a photography book for Chanel; called “Second Floor,” the Chanel book captures the private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel in 34 images. This was accompanied by a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.