French photographer Brigitte Lacombe has made a name for herself with her utterly clear, unfussy photographs of the world’s most remarkable celebrities.
I met Lacombe at the home of Susie Tompkins-Buell, activist, philanthropist, and long-time collector of photography, who opened her home for a private evening to celebrate her photographer friend’s new book, Brigitte Lacombe: Anima/Persona.
I later had the chance to chat with her about the ever-growing power of photography in probing beneath the surface of celebrity. It is almost impossible to find a photo by Lacombe that does not offer its subject honestly and directly. It is not a photo but a mirror placed in front of us. Lacombe sees us as we truly are — nothing more.