The Frenchman, who for decades portrayed the most prolific supermodels in the industry, has died at the age of 78.
The fashion world is mourning the death of Patrick Demarchelier. Also known for being the author of the most reproduced portraits of Diana of Wales, the French photographer had a successful career behind the camera, and thanks to them, he carried out campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Celine, YSL or Caroline Herrera. His love for his craft began when he was just 17 years old and his stepfather gave him his first device. As the self-taught and creative he always was, he learned to develop and retouch until he became one of the most sought after in the industry.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patrick Demarchelier this March 31, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Mia, his three sons Gustaf, Arthur, Victor, and three grandchildren. ” With these words, the family of the master of fashion photography announced his departure on social networks, causing words of grief and admiration among friends, followers, and colleagues. The cause of his death, which took place on the French island of Saint Barthélemy, is still unknown.
The supermodels turn to give him one last goodbye
Throughout his extensive career, which began in the 1970s, the Frenchman has worked with the most prolific personalities on the world’s catwalks. Through his lens, he immortalized Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Amber Valetta countless times. The latter has been one of the first to share her impressions about the event: “I am very saddened by this news. Patrick was one of the first photographers to work with me. He is history in fashion and a legend in photography . . We will miss him. Sending love and good thoughts to his family, “he commented in a publication.
The barrage of sentences regarding Demarchelier’s physical disappearance is poignant for any lover of fashion and photography, especially when referring to Christy Turlington’s warm words: “When I think of @patrickdemarchelier I think of places. The many places that we travel to take pretty pictures in the sun with our various fashion tribes. Cabo, St Barths, Venice, Miami, Los Angeles. Here in New York, it was his museum-like studio in Chelsea, which never changed, where I met Patrick for the first time on a go-seeing in the mid ’80s. He then was a tall, apparently serious, bearded French man, whom I couldn’t make out a word at first, much less a sentence. That changed over the years. I learned to interpret everything over time. The memories and stories are truly endless. Another one left who was part of an era that is no longer here. Rest in peace Patrick.”