Clayton James Cubitt (born March 2, 1972), also known as Siege, is an American photographer, filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn. He is known for applying an “arrestingly controlled and sleek sense of style” to art, portrait, erotic and fashion photography. He has been described as “one of a new breed of photographers no longer content to draw a distinction between the worlds of fashion, art, and porn.”
Cubitt grew up in New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast. He was inspired to explore photography after seeing the photograph “Susie Smoking,” shot by Nick Knight for a Yohji Yamamoto ad campaign. Cubitt also cites Helmut Newton’s photograph “Green Room Murder” as an early inspiration. He moved north after high school, eventually settling in Brooklyn in early 2000.