Friday, October 16, 2015

Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs 1975-2015 Christie's New York

I am really thrilled to bring you a sample of the some of the amazing photography from the Patrick Demarchelier exhibit at Christie's New York! This event ran from October 2-12, 2015, and I was so glad to make it right before it closed. These photographs were so amazing to see in person, so much detail in every one. The Princess Diana had to be my favorite, as it felt like you were standing right in front of her. The opening photograph below of Kate Moss and Carla Bruni is pretty fabulous, they were so young! I hope you enjoy the photographs that stood out for me below, and if you wish to see the whole catalog you can click HERE at Christie's website. 

Christie’s New York is proud to present Patrick Demarchelier: Photographs 1975-2015, a retrospective exhibition of the timeless imagery of the legendary French fashion photographer. Spanning 40 years, this comprehensive survey, with an accompanying book, seeks to present works from the entire oeuvre of the artist’s career.

As a portraitist, Demarchelier has created iconic images of some of the world’s most recognized political and entertainment figures, from Princess Lady Diana to Hillary Clinton, from Anthony Hopkins to Billy Joel to Johnny Depp. Known for working without ornate backdrops, often on or near the water, Demarchelier imbues his work with a simple spirit of joy and ease. As Anna Wintour says in her Introduction, "Patrick takes simple photographs perfectly, which is of course immensely difficult.”

In the world of fashion photography, his name is synonymous with classic beauty and elegance as well as forward looking style. The roster of international super-models sprinkled throughout this exhibition and book reads as a who’s who list of faces that have defined an era: Carla, Caroline, Christy, Cindy, Daria, Gisele, Kate, Laetitia, Linda, Nadja, Naomi.

The exhibition unites a range of works by the artist, who was intimately involved in the selection and layout of the exhibition and sequence of the handsome book.

Bonnie Berman, Barbados, 1983

Nude, St. Bathelemy, 1989 

Christy, New York, 1990
Karlie Kloss, New York 2014
Cecelia Chancelor and Patrick Demarchelier, Rome, 1986

Keith Richards, New York, 2000

Kate Moss, New York, 1992

Christy, New York, 1986

Dior Haute Couture, Fall-Winter 2010/2011 

Elephant, New York, 1991

Dior Haute Couture, Jac, 2011 

Princess Diana, London, 1990

Christy and Mouse, New York, 1999

Dior Haute Couture, Spring Summer 2011

Dior Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 2010-2011 

Madonna, New York, 1990 

Johnny Depp, Paris, 1999 

Caroline Trentini, New York, 2015 

Frida and Mirte, New York, 2013 

Valentino and Helena, Paris, 1992 

Dior Haute Couture, Spring Summer 2011 

Angelina Jolie, 1999

“Patrick takes simple photographs perfectly, which is of course immensely difficult. Working without ornate settings, often in black-and-white, he makes attractive women look beautiful and beautiful women seem real,” said Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, in her contribution to the exhibition’s catalogue. “In Patrick’s kingdom, Cinderella could have arrived at the palace wearing Dior — or she could have worn nothing at all.”

For his part, Demarchelier tells Vogue, with whom he has been working closely since 1974 (when he was hired by Conde Nast Editorial Director Alexander Liberman): “Everyone is the same to me. I photograph people. It doesn’t matter if they’re a star or not.”

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