Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies at the age of 78

Patrick Demarchelier appears at Saint Laurent's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented during Paris Fashion Week on October 5, 2015. Demarchelier, the French photographer known for his high fashion images of supermodels and celebrities, including Princess Diana, have died at the age of 78.  (AP Photo / Zacharie Scheurer, File)

Patrick Demarchelier appears at Saint Laurent’s Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection, presented during Paris Fashion Week on October 5, 2015. Demarchelier, the French photographer known for his high fashion images of supermodels and celebrities, including Princess Diana, have died at the age of 78. (AP Photo / Zacharie Scheurer, File)

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Patrick Demarchelier, the French photographer known for his high fashion images of supermodels and celebrities, including Princess Diana, has died. He was 78 years old.

His Instagram account broke the news of his death on Thursday but offered no further details. Attempts to reach his family were unsuccessful.

Demarchelier has made a career out of campaigns for luxury brands, including those for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior, and has worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and other major fashion magazines. He started photographing Diana in 1989 and continued as a personal photographer until the early 1990s.

He has also published photography books, worked on the Pirelli calendar, enjoyed cameos in “Sex & the City” and in the film “The September Issue” and starred in “America’s Next Top Model”. He was immortalized in “The Devil Wears Prada”, when Anne Hathaway’s clueless Andy Sachs has no idea who he is, and later told boss Miranda Priestly, “I have Patrick” before transferring the call. of him.

Known for working fast and instinctively, the self-taught Demarchelier first shot for Vogue in 1975, before moving to New York from Paris.

In 2018, her reputation was badly damaged after the Boston Globe reported allegations of sexual misconduct by 50 models. He denied any wrongdoing but Vogue and other publications stopped him. She was among the many photographers accused in the #MeToo movement.

The lensman has not only worked in the fashion industry. He shot Janet Jackson’s topless cover for Rolling Stone in 1993, her breasts covered by the hands of then-boyfriend Rene Elizondo. He pointed his lens of her on Madonna in an iconic 1990 image of the star with a jeweled bustier and leather back, a cigarette dangling from her lips, during her “Justify My Love” days. And he has caught Britney Spears over and over again.

His work with Diana as the first hired non-British photographer took him to a new level. The French Ministry of Culture appointed Demarchelier an officier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2007, the same year he received the CFDA Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert.

Demarchelier began shooting as a teenager in Le Havre, Normandy. He moved to New York in his early 30s, working on advertising campaigns. His career exploded in the United States as his reputation spread. He has toured for leading designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang, and has worked for beauty companies and non-luxury brands such as H & M.

Condolences on social media came when news of his death spread. Top model Amber Valletta posted: “It’s the history of fashion and legendary photography. We will miss you “.

Demarchelier leaves behind his wife Mia, children Gustaf, Arthur and Victor and three grandchildren.

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