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Jonathan van Meter profiles the fashion photographer Steven Meisel in the new issue of Vogue. I did the same thing, only different, back in 1992, when Meisel had just finished shooting Madonna‘s book, Sex. Van Meter got great stuff from Meisel about his early years. I got some pretty great stuff from others, since Madonna’s magician, as my editors called him, refused to cooperate with our profile. I often tell journalism students that they have to decide if they are going to depend on access or enterprise. The best magazine profiles combine the two, but those are more rare than originality in fashion photography. My profile of Meisel is here (in pdf, so be patient, it takes some time to load).