NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2009 / FW/ — Already famous among the fashion set, Patrick Demarchelier became a household name in the U.S. when he became the unpronounceable photographer’s name at the ‘Devil Wears Prada.’
And, because his last name is hard to pronounce, people endeavored to say it properly. Such is the power of Hollywood. Yet, those who know Patrick’s work also know that he is a master photographer whose images capture an often surprising and spontaneous vitality, creating an image that is as powerful as the silver screen.
Perhaps his best-known photographs are the portraits of Diana, taken with her sons, which helped to establish her as the ‘people’s Princess.’ But, even before Princess Diana, Demarchelier’s images have helped define nearly every major fashion magazine including American, British and Paris Vogue.
He has also created advertising images for clients including: Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Calvin Klein, Gianfranco Ferré, Armani, Max Mara, Moschino, L’Oreal, Pirelli, and Tiffany.
His first book, Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography (1989), was followed by Photographs (1995), Exposing Elegance (1997), and FORMS (1998), which accompanied the PAC Exhibition in Milan, at the Padiglione D’Arte Contemporanea Milano.
In the fall of 2008 Le Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, presented a comprehensive selection of 400 of Demarchelier’s photographs in a highly acclaimed exhibition that drew an audience of 130,000 patrons and was accompanied by a monograph covering over 40 years of his visionary work.
Demarchelier is available for projects through Art + Commerce (www.artandcommerce.com)