Last Updated July 13, 2018

Patrick Demarchelier

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French photographer Patrick Demarchelier is widely known for his fashion and portrait photography.

His interest in photographer began on his 17th birthday when he was given his first camera, an Eastman Kodak. He began taking photographs of friends, later learning how to develop film and retouch negatives.

At the age of 20 he moved to Paris and began working in a photography lab where he printed newspaper photographs. He also began assisting photographers, eventually finding work with the Swiss fashion photographer Hans Feurer, who worked with Vogue magazine.
Demarchelier struck up a working relationship with then British Vogue picture editor, Grace Coddington, who he has credited for helping to launch his fashion career.

After gaining recognition as a fashion photographer in France, he moved to New York in 1975 and began shooting as a freelance fashion photographer, drawing the attention of fashion magazines including Ell, Marie Claire, and Ans. He also assisted several photographers including Henry Cartier-Bresson, Terry King and Jacques Guilbert.

He quickly established his reputation on the fashion circuit and became one of the go to photographers for leading fashion houses and magazines. He has shot covers for nearly all the major fashion magazines as well as other publications including Rolling Stone, Life and Newsweek. He is one of Vogue's most prolific cover photographers and has worked with the magazine for over 30 years. Demarchelier has also shot campaigns for countless leading fashion brands including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton to name a few.

Princess Diana contacted him after seeing his work and in 1989 he became her personal photographer, the first non British photographer to be appointed as an official photographer to the Royal family.

He shot the famed Pirelli calendar in 2005, 2008 and the 50th Anniversary edition in 2014 alongside Peter Lindberg.

In 2007 he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an order of France, by the French Minister of Culture in recognition of Demarchelier's contribution to French arts.

He lives in New York with his wife Mia, a former model, and their children.


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