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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier was born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family. Never academically inclined, and unsure what to do with his life, Demarchelier was given his first camera by his uncle for his seventeenth birthday, and knew at once what his career must be. Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.

In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacque Guilbert. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie Claire and20 And Magazine.

He later worked for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, first in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier has shot international advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

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