Patrick Demarchelier, born in Le Havre, (France, 1943), is one of the privileged few top photographers of our time.
At the age of 17, he started photography. Through different jobs as an assistant, he learned the secrets of the profession and at the end of the sixties; he got his first publications in Elle and Marie-Claire.
In 1975, Demarchelier moved to New York, where he established himself a reputation in fashion and portrait photography. His client list includes names such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Armani, or Janet Jackson, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and Hillary Clinton.
He became the official photographer of the Condé Nast group, who owns magazines such as Vogue and Allure. He photographed for the Pirelli calendar 2005 and is assigned for the 2007 edition.
Demarchelier lives the same way his career evolved: rapidly and focused. He is open and friendly and able to make you feel at ease in a few minutes. He has a strong vision on image making, but is at the same time a team player.
Influenced by the classics of photography and painting, Patrick Demarchelier plays with light, lines and forms of the human body, the fashion cloth or the wild elephant in the African landscape, always looking for beauty.
“Beauty is everywhere”, he says, “you only have to open your eyes”. His photographs have been published and shown worldwide. His art prints are becoming collector’s items.
The secret of his success is “working hard”, his life philosophy “to enjoy every moment of it”.