Born in California, Vincent Winter became involved in the arts and journalism from an early age. Having learned the rudiments of black-and white photography and haiku poetry in high school, he was soon publishing poems in now-defunct literary reviews and churning out fishing and sports stories for a local newspaper as well as photographs.


In his first two years in university Winter edited and published his own literary review, So What?, while simultaneously writing and acting in plays.


At San Francisco State University and later at graduate school at Smith College, he produced stage sets, directed several short experimental films and began a lifelong fascination with painting.


By the time he moved to New York in 1971, he considered himself a painter who undertook theatre jobs for money. He was part of a group show called New Talent at New York’s Kraushaar Galleries and at night began to produce ‘performance sculptures’ in empty parking lots around Manhattan. That culminated in an official invitation to ‘perform’ one of his installations in Boston’s Copley Square.


Following a year of travel and study in Africa, Winter worked as an art director for Rolling Stone magazine, design consultant for Esquire magazine, and Art Director for Inside Sports (Newsweek).


He opened his own design company in New York City with a client list including The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Random House and Playboy. He was nominated for a National Book Award for the design of the hardcover edition of “Destinations” by Jan Morris. In 1986, he took a year off and moved to Paris  initially to paint and then to open a design office and finally, to begin taking photographs again.


He has won numerous awards from the Art Directors Club, Type Designers Club and the Society of Publication Designers, and in the last few years has undertaken photo assignments in Chad, Angola, Malabo, India, Mexico, France, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Oman, Qatar, the U.A.E., the Balkans, and the United States. He won the New America Award from the National Association of Press Photographers Association in 2006.