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PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

A PASSIONATE JOURNEY

Patrick Demarchelier was born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family.

He spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first « Kodak » camera.

He quickly became a natural behind the

camera. Then he learned how to

develop film, retouch

negatives,

began

shooting

friends

weddings…

and

FASHION FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK

He started working in a dark-room for a young women’s finishing school where he put together portfolios for the students. There, he perfected his technique, sharpened his eye and began to develop his personal « style ».

He discovered photographer.

fashion

photography

by

working

as

a

free-lance

His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie-Claire, 20 ans Magazine in France, Italy and in Germany.

In 1975, he left France for New York without speaking a single word of English with the intention to follow his girlfriend – who left him before he even arrived

  • this trip would launch him on his journey to become one of the greatest

fashion photographers.

He learned English on the street and by watching TV. He began his international career working for Glamour and Mademoiselle Magazines.

He later worked for Vogue magazine and Harper’s Bazaar (Hearst Publications) in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier’s work rapidly became recognized by key players in the fashion industry and he was quickly solicited to shoot prestigious international advertising campaigns.

Dior, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Tag Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste Lancôme, Guerlain, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferre, Anne Klein, Valentino, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Donna Karan, Michael Kors...

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