Stephen Tayo studied philosophy at the University of Lagos. Tayo lives, works in and draws inspiration from Lagos. His work has been featured in Vogue US, British Vogue, New York Times, Indie Magazine, Dazed, Teen Vogue, Okay Africa, Vogue Italia, CNN, ArtNews, OkayAfrica, Highsnobiety, Vogue Australia, Hybe Beast, Vice, and Interview Magazine.
In 2018, he was commissioned by Dutch street wear brand Patta and Nike on the occasion of their collaboration, to shoot a campaign for their launch which was exhibited in London. In the same year, he co-photographed the increasingly ascendant culture of boundary breaking fashion in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, for the New York Times.
In 2019, he had a solo collaborative exhibition at Corosia Theatre and Expo and Film Centre in Amsterdam about the Gothics Scene in Lagos. He was also commissioned by the Ngola Art Festival in São Tomé to shoot the campaign image for the Festival. He was also included in the exhibiton City Prince/sses at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
He spotlighted the emergence of New Sound in the Nigerian Music Scene for the New York Times in August titled "The New Guard of Nigerian Music". He was also shortlisted amongst 14 other photographers around the world for a book feature by Antwaun Sargent titled The New Black Vanguard with an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in 2019.