Malinowski is an only child to Regina Grajewska (who returned to her maiden name after divorce) and Stanley Malinowski, Sr. He studied at Loyola University, Roosevelt University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology; majoring in engineering, psychology and photography. Instructors included Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
Having grown up in Chicago, Playboy seemed a natural fit for the budding photographer. “I brought some slides to Playboy, asked if I could return to show more and a month later walked away with my first assignment.” Malinowski would move on to Penthouse where he worked with Anna Wintour (current Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine). While there, the art director at Vogue, Rochelle Udell and Alexander Liberman saw his photos in Penthouse and brought him in to shoot a spread. This led to a thriving career in high fashion shooting for Harper’s Bazaar (including French and Italian editions), Vogue, Valentino along with various perfume and make up ads. Malinowski has traveled all over the world and worked with some of the biggest names in modeling including Christie Brinkley, Iman, Cindy Crawford, Janice Dickinson and Gia Carangi.