Acclaimed adult industry photographer and videographer J. Stephen Hicks passed away yesterday.

J. Stephen Hicks’ career spanned more than three decades. His work appeared in nearly every adult magazine including Penthouse, Hustler, Club, High Society, Gallery and more.

Business partner and friend Jay Allan reported J. Stephen Hicks’ passing.

Acclaimed adult industry photographer and videographer J. Stephen Hicks passed away yesterday.
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He said, “Yesterday I lost my mentor, my friend, and my business partner, J. Stephen Hicks. He was a true pioneer in the adult industry.

At a time when there were only about a dozen photographers worldwide shooting for the adult magazine market J. Stephen Hicks’ work stood out as exceptional. It still does today. “

Hicks’ work was immediately distinguishable by its natural light and calculated composition.

Allan said Hicks taught his team to always put 100 percent of their creative energy into every image and video and try to make everything as artistic and beautiful as possible.

“As a photographer he had no equal and took every step to artistically and creatively make every girl we shot look her absolute best. I am very lucky to have known and learned from the best and I am at least comforted by knowing that his legacy will live on and his amazing body of work will always be here for us to enjoy.”

Hicks’ website — — will continue to carry on his legacy.

“I was lucky to have worked with him over the past 20 years. I will miss him dearly,” Allan said.

This reporter, who worked with Hicks numerous times as the editor of High Society magazine in the ‘90’s recalls that his work was always erotic, while very classy. He ranked right up there with Suze Randall, John Copeland, Earl Miller and others as the top shooters in the business.

Copeland told XBIZ, “I am shocked and saddened to hear about Stephen. He was a truly great total photographer as well as a great photographer of women. His photography will live on. He was highly respected as a person and as a businessman. I always had a great relationship with him. My thoughts are with his family.”

Miller added, “Hicks was a real artist who I have always respected personally and professionally. Our world has lost a giant.”

A post on Digital Desire website states :

Dear Valued Members,

This news comes with a heavy heart. J. Stephen Hicks passed away on February 6, 2013. He was 58 years old. Stephen had been dealing with health issues for the last few years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The famed photographer helped change the face of nude photography through his flagship website He also worked in the past at both Playboy and Penthouse. His visual style is synonymous with quality and excellence, and was a true pioneer in the world of soft-core erotic photography.

Digital Desire will continue to operate business as usual under the guidance of Lani Hicks and the watchful lens of Mr. Hicks’ protégés extraordinaire and photographers Mark Lit and Charles Lightfoot. Mrs. Hicks has been involved in all phases of the company since the beginning while Mark has been Digital Desire’s lead photographer and production point man since 2005.

All the key components are firmly in place to keep J. Stephen’s vision alive and well moving into the future.


The Hicks family

Hicks was first a creative genius, and for those who knew him — a family man, cycler and surfer dude at heart.