Patrick Demarchelier


Patrick Demarchelier (1943–2022) grew up with four brothers and his mother in Le Havre. For his 17th birthday, his stepfather bought him a Kodak camera, which sparked his enthusiasm for photography. A passion for the photographic profession evolved into setting a clear objective for his professional future. His curiosity and the desire for perfecting his photographic abilities made him move to Paris when he was twenty years old. While working in photo laboratories, he began perusing leading fashion magazines to study the visual language and aesthetics of prestigious photographers. Subsequently, Patrick Demarchelier advanced to one of the world’s most famous fashion photographers. His relocation to New York in 1975 accompanied his international breakthrough. Since the late 1970s, reputable fashion magazines like »Elle«, »Glamour«, »GQ«, »Mademoiselle«, »Vogue« or »Rolling Stone« have been publishing his works. Furthermore, Patrick Demarchelier worked for prestigious international couture and jewelry houses, including Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior, Versace or Yves Saint Laurent. The British Royal Family honored him especially when commissioning him, as the first non-British photographer, to portray a member of their family – Lady Diana. Demarchelier’s works are part of major international museum and private collections.

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