Lionel Koretzky was born and raised outside Paris. He grew up drawing, sculpting and taking photographs of things he built. Fascinated by cars and speed from a very young age he started racing go-karts and cars before moving back to his creative world in 1996. A week before entering art school he met still-life photographer JJ Liegeois of who he became first assistant. He moved to New York as Nathaniel Goldberg’s 1st assistant in 2002, working lights on a bigger scale, incorporating locations and daylight in his own work.
In late 2014, Lionel became Associate Editor of Lollipop Magazine's 3rd issue, a life-style magazine covering the Formula 1 World Championship. Since Spring 2016, he acts as Car Editor of Solar Magazine.
Lionel published his first book, 1000 Cars of NYC at Damiani editions in 2017.
He is a regular contributor to Man of the World, Intersection, Air France Magazine, Out Of Order and Bad to the Bone. His work has been featured in major publications such as Numero, GQ, M Le Monde, Vogue, V and V-Man, among others. He has worked with numerous advertising clients such as Jaguar, Chrysler, Hermes, JM Weston, The Row, Louis Vuitton, Z Zegna, Aether and Samsung.
Lionel eventually moved back to Paris where he lives with his family.