Norman Jean Roy was born in Canada and grew up on Montreal’s South Shore. As a student of architecture and graphic design, it wasn’t until viewing an essay of famed photographer Richard Avedon in American Photo that Roy decided to dedicate his life and career to photography. As he tells it, “It was the single most important event of my photographic life.” A prominent portrait and style photographer for the past 20 years, Roy is the winner of numerous awards for his contributions to the world of both editorial and advertising photography. Awards include honors from the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, and Photo District News. Roy’s unique and cinematic images can be found on newsstands around the world at any given moment. He works professionally for some of the advertising world’s most coveted clients, including L’Oreal, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Banana Republic, Rolex, Omega, Absolut, HBO and numerous Hollywood Studios. His prolific editorial career has long been concentrated on a broad range of domestic and international Conde Nast titles that include Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure and GQ magazines. His first book, Traffik, a collection of portraits from inside Cambodia’s notorious sex trade, was published by PowerHouse books in 2008. That project forged a relationship with the Somaly Mam Foundation and Roy now sits on its Board of Directors. Roy resides in New York with his wife, Joanna, and has five children.