Patrick Demarchelier | Hearst | Trunk Archive
  • Patrick Demarchelier
  • Introduction

  • Bio

  • Exhibitions

  • Publications


TRUNK ARCHIVE is a boutique agency based in New York City that represents the archives of the world's leading fashion, celebrity, still life and landscape photographers. Every artist on their roster is acknowledged as being among the very best in his / her genre. To highlight the impressive diversity of images available at TRUNK ARCHIVE we have selected a group of amazing artists to feature in this launch collection.

Patrick Demarchelier

One of the greatest compliments Patrick Demarchelier ever received came from the legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour: “Every woman looks more beautiful, and more like herself, through Demarchelier's lens.” The most important moment during a shoot, explains Demarchelier, is between relaxation and concentration, when the models often feel they are not being watched. This is when his favourite images appear, celebrations of a unique style that has made him one of the most sought after fashion photographers in the world.

Before moving from Paris to New York in 1975, Demarchelier had worked as an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson and had begun to shape his own style of modest elegance in magazines such as ELLE and Marie Claire. Through masterful lighting and perspective he is able to create a perfect composition between proportion and subject. To him, the view through the camera is a magical moment and photography itself a particularly physical process. Demarchelier therefore prefers to take photos by hand rather than from a tripod, and this allows him to react spontaneously to the models.

The most spectacular photos from the last forty years of his career, which include countless covers from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, are probably his portraits of Princess Diana in 1989. It was the very first time a French photographer was commissioned by the British royal family. Though a natural, radiant icon, Diana does not appear untouchable in the images, but displays instead a stunning charm.

Christina Wendenburg
1943born in Le Havre, France
1975moves to New York, USA
Worked together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King and Jaques Guilbert
Lives and works in New York, USA

Awards (Selection)

2008Lucie Award, Achievement in Fashion
2007Eleanor Lambert Award

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2012Diana Vishneva Through The Lens Of Patrick Demarchelier, House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
2009Patrick Demarchelier – Images et Mode a Paris, Petit Palais, Paris, France
2008Patrick Demarchelier – Photographs, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Patrick Demarchelier – Part 1, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA
2005Patrick Demarchelier, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Patrick Demarchelier, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
1999Patrick Demarchelier – New Photographs, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA
1997Patrick Demarchelier, Revelando la elegancia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexiko
1995Patrick Demarchelier – Selected Photographs, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2012Fashion Clicks, Photographica Fine Art, Lugano, Switzerland
2011Dance In Vogue, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
Harper's Bazaar - A Decade of Style, ICP - International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2009Isabelle Huppert - Woman of Many Faces, UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Transphotographiques, Lille, France
Christian Dior - 60 Years of Photography, Moscow Museum of Modern Art - MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
2003Vanity Fair, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Archeology of Elegance, Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich, Germany
2002Archeology of Elegance, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
1998The Sound of One Hand, Apexart, New York, USA

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Dior Couture – Patrick Demarchelier, Rizzoli, 2011
Patrick Demarchelier, Steidl, 2009
Liaigre, Flammarion, 2008
A Royal Duty, Putnam, 2003
Patrick Demarchelier – Glamour, Stern Portfolio, teNeues, 2000
Patrick Demarchelier, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 1998
Patrick Demarchelier – Forms, Rizzoli, 1998
Patrick Demarchelier – Photographs, Bulfinch, 1996
Fashion Photography – Patrick Demarchelier, Bulfinch, 1989

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