Vogue photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies at age 78

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Demarchelier, the French-born photographer identified for his excessive trend photos of high fashions and celebrities, together with Princess Diana, has died. He was 78.

His Instagram account broke the information of his demise Thursday however supplied no additional particulars. Makes an attempt to succeed in his household have been unsuccessful.

Demarchelier made a profession out of luxurious model campaigns, together with these for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior, and labored for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and different high trend magazines. He started capturing Diana in 1989 and continued as her private photographer till the early ‘90s.

He additionally put out books of images, labored on the Pirelli calendar, loved cameos in “Intercourse & the Metropolis“ and the movie “The September Concern,” and had stints on “America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin.” He was immortalized in “The Satan Wears Prada,” when Anne Hathaway’s clueless Andy Sachs has no concept who he’s, later telling boss Miranda Priestly, “I’ve Patrick” earlier than transferring his name.

Recognized to work rapidly and on intuition, the self-taught Demarchelier first shot for Vogue in 1975, earlier than transferring to New York from Paris.

By 2018, his repute was closely broken after The Boston Globe reported accusations of sexual misconduct by 50 fashions. He denied any wrongdoing however Vogue and different publications reduce him off. He was amongst a variety of photographers accused amid the #MeToo motion.

The lensman didn’t simply work within the trend trade. He shot Janet Jackson’s topless cowl for Rolling Stone in 1993, her breasts coated by the arms of then-boyfriend Rene Elizondo. He educated his lens on Madonna in an iconic 1990 picture of the star in a bejeweled bustier and once more in leather-based, a cigarette dangling from her lips, throughout her “Justify My Love” days. And he captured Britney Spears time and again.

His work with Diana as the primary non-British photographer employed took him to a brand new stage. The French Ministry of Tradition named Demarchelier an officier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2007, the identical 12 months that he acquired the CFDA Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert.

Demarchelier started capturing as a teen in Le Havre, Normandy. He moved to New York in his early 30s, engaged on advert campaigns. His profession exploded within the U.S. as his repute unfold. He shot for main designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang, and he labored for magnificence firms and non-luxury manufacturers like H&M.

Social media condolences flooded in when phrase of his demise unfold. Supermodel Amber Valletta posted: “He’s trend historical past and legendary images. We’ll miss him.”

Demarchelier is survived by his spouse, Mia, sons Gustaf, Arthur and Victor, and three grandchildren.


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