Founded in 1995 by Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa and his Art and Fashion Group Corporation, PIER59 STUDIOS is a premiere 110,000 square-foot photography and multimedia studio located at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, New York City. As the leading photography facility and multimedia complex in the world, the space is equipped with state of the art technologies and can accommodate the full array of needs of the most accomplished and high-profile photographers, designers, advertising agencies and Film-Video production companies. PIER59 STUDIOS features eleven column-free cathedral ceilings studio spaces, including a 6,500 square-feet sound stage for video and commercial projects, fashion runway shows and high end special events. Nine studios are conceived for both natural and artificial lighting and are equipped with movable retractable walls to allow for full flexibility and modularity of their unique column-less spaces.