The photographers: Patrick Demarchelier

Born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family, he spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Patrick 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 photograpy by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacgue Guilbert.

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Patrick Demarchelier has lived in New York City since 1975. He is married to Mia and they have twins. Since the late 1970’s he has shot the covers for nearly every major fashion magazine including American, British and Paris Vogue. He has also shot covers for Rolling Stone, Life, Newsweek, Elle, Glamour and Mademoiselle. He has photographed many advertising campaigns, including Farrah Fawcett shampoo in 1978, the Brooke Shields doll in 1982, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Cutty Sark, and a Calvin Klein ad with Talisa Soto and did iconic ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Gap, Gian Franco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme,  L’Oréal, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, TAG Heuer and Louis Vuitton. He was also the primary photographer for the book On Your Own, a beauty/lifestyle guide written for young women by Brooke Shields Since 1992 he has worked with Harper’s Bazaar, becoming its premier photographer.

Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

 

A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.A radiant Princess Diana in a rare portrait taken by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, 1990

Janet Jackson, Miami, 1993, Patrick DemarchelierJanet Jackson by Patrick Demarchelier, 1993

Alaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 © Patrick DemarchelierAlaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 by Patrick Demarchelier

In 2005, he was awarded the contract for the Pirelli calendar. Demarchelier is referenced in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, when the ‘dragon lady’, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), asks Andy (Anne Hathaway), on her very first day on the job, “Did Demarchelier confirm?”, leaving her utterly confused. The first assistant Emily calmly jumps into action and calls his office, replying, “I have Patrick!” He also appears in the documentary The September Issue which is about Anne Wintour and American Vogue.

He continues to be a force in fashion photography and has interestingly been referenced in The Devil Wears PradaSex and the City, and America’s Next Top Model.

In 2007, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture, honored Patrick Demarchelier as an Officer in L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature).

Demarchelier appeared in a cameo in the film version of Sex and the City; he can be seen taking pictures during Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. He was featured prominently in the sixth episode of Cycle 15 of America’s Next Top Model. He was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.

Gisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Australia January 2015.jpgGisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Australia, January 2015

Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK January 2016Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, January 2016

 

 

Annie Leibovitz

 

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Born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1949, Annie Leibovitz attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting and developed her gift in photography. Her career began in 1970 when she started working for the Rolling Stone magazine, eventually becoming the chief photographer.

Annie Leibovitz is most known for her portrait photography and editorial work, most recently for a multitude of Vanity Fair issues since the 80s, yet her work crosses over to fashion. However, her career began as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine, which she eventually became chief photographer for. She went on tour with The Rolling Stones in 1975, work for Vanity Fair in 1980, and launch Numérous exhibitions, beautiful coffeetable books, and collaborations since.

anne-leibovitz-joko-ono-y-johnJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone, 1980

Many of her images have a huge place in our culture today, including the December 8, 1980 image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. While working at the magazine, Annie Leibovitz made a fateful photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which expressed their loving relationship. Taken 5 hours before his death, it was the last professional photograph of John Lennon. After Rolling Stone, Annie Leibovitz worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.

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If you ever wondered who captures the genius of the finest people in the world – take a look at the work of the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. John Lennon, Demi Moore, Johnny Depp, Adele, Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall, Lupita Nyong’o, the Kardashians, Barack Obama, are just a few of the many names that have been immortalized by her photo camera. Remember Whoopie Goldberg in a bath full of milk, Miley Cyrus and her controversial topless Vanity Fair cover and Queen Elizabeth II for her official Virginia state visit picture? Through the lens of Annie Leibovitz, we see our favourite celebrities in a new light.

michael-jackson-by-annie-leibovitzMichael Jackson by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, December 1989

You have to see it to believe it. The work of Annie Leibovitz is fascinating, imaginative and controversial; it portrays the famous like you’ve never seen them before. Annie Leibovitz doesn’t just take snapshots of superstars; she creates timeless portraits and works of art that pay tribute to each outstanding individual. The greatness of her work is in capturing the essence of personality.

VFDemi Moore bu Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, August 1991

Whether it’s the signature dance moves of Michael Jackson, or the environmental activist work of Leonardo di Caprio, Annie Leibowitz knows the unique angle from which to present any star. She admits that she never liked the word ‘celebrity’.

I’ve always been more interested in what they do than who they are. I hope my  photographs reflect that.

Annie Leibovitz

And they do. She has photographed some of the most exciting faces on the planet. Hollywood’s crème of the crop actors and Oscar winners, political leaders and history makers, supermodels and rock stars, Annie Leibovitz has seen it all, and her photographs are the records of these stories.

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Annie Leibovitz for Dunhill

…..Andrew Cooper by Annie Leibovitz for Dunhill ICON, May 2015

During her career, Annie Leibovitz photographed numerous celebrities, participated in advertising campaigns, and worked with arts organizations, while also exhibiting her photographs in the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries. She has received numerous awards including the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography and was recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Annie Leibovitz is also a mother of three children and has written several books about her life and career.

channing-tatum-vanity-fair-august-2015-by-annie-leibovitz-03Channing Tatum by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, August 2015

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Known for a new style of lighting, bold colours and provocative poses, the work of Annie Leibovitz is breathtaking, thought-provoking and, at times, shocking. These masterpiece photographs tell stories, which redefine the meaning of celebrity. Stars are more than who they appear to be, they are groundbreaking, original achievers that have made a difference.