One of the greatest compliments Patrick Demarchelier ever received came from the legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour: “Every woman looks more beautiful, and more like herself, through Demarchelier's lens.” The most important moment during a shoot, explains Demarchelier, is between relaxation and concentration, when the models often feel they are not being watched. This is when his favourite images appear, celebrations of a unique style that has made him one of the most sought after fashion photographers in the world.
Before moving from Paris to New York in 1975, Demarchelier had worked as an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson and had begun to shape his own style of modest elegance in magazines such as ELLE and Marie Claire. Through masterful lighting and perspective he is able to create a perfect composition between proportion and subject. To him, the view through the camera is a magical moment and photography itself a particularly physical process. Demarchelier therefore prefers to take photos by hand rather than from a tripod, and this allows him to react spontaneously to the models.
The most spectacular photos from the last forty years of his career, which include countless covers from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, are probably his portraits of Princess Diana in 1989. It was the very first time a French photographer was commissioned by the British royal family. Though a natural, radiant icon, Diana does not appear untouchable in the images, but displays instead a stunning charm.
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|1943||born in Le Havre, France|
|1975||moves to New York, USA |
|Worked together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King and Jaques Guilbert|
|2022||died at the age of 78 in St Barth, UK|
|2008||Lucie Award, Achievement in Fashion|
|2007||Eleanor Lambert Award |
|2012||Diana Vishneva Through The Lens Of Patrick Demarchelier, House of Photography, Moscow, Russia|
|2009||Patrick Demarchelier – Images et Mode a Paris, Petit Palais, Paris, France|
|2008||Patrick Demarchelier – Photographs, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA|
|Patrick Demarchelier – Part 1, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA|
|2005||Patrick Demarchelier, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium|
|Patrick Demarchelier, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA|
|1999||Patrick Demarchelier – New Photographs, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA|
|1997||Patrick Demarchelier, Revelando la elegancia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexiko|
|1995||Patrick Demarchelier – Selected Photographs, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA|
|2012||Fashion Clicks, Photographica Fine Art, Lugano, Switzerland|
|2011||Dance In Vogue, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia|
|Harper's Bazaar - A Decade of Style, ICP - International Center of Photography, New York, USA|
|2009||Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces, UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China|
|Transphotographiques, Lille, France|
|Christian Dior - 60 Years of Photography, Moscow Museum of Modern Art - MMOMA, Moscow, Russia|
|2003||Vanity Fair, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Archeology of Elegance, Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich, Germany|
|2002||Archeology of Elegance, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany|
|1998||The Sound of One Hand, Apexart, New York, USA|