Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies at 78

NEW YORK – Died Patrick Demarchelier, the French-born photographer known for his high-fashion images of models and celebrities, including Princess Diana. He was 78 years old.

His Instagram account broke the news of his death on Thursday but offered no further details. Attempts to reach his family were unsuccessful.

Demarchelier has had a career with luxury brand campaigns, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, and has worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and other fashion magazines. He began filming Diana in 1989 and continued as his personal photographer until the early 1990s.

He also published photography books, worked on the Pirelli calendar, enjoyed cameos in “Sex & the City” and the movie “The September Issue” and had periods in “America’s Next Top Model”. He was immortalized in “The Devil Wears Prada,” when Anne Hathaway’s clueless Andy Sachs has no idea who she is, and then said to Chief Miranda Priestly, “I have Patrick” before transferring her call.


Known for quick work and instinct, the self-taught Demarchelier first shot for Vogue in 1975, before moving to New York from Paris.

In 2018, her reputation was severely damaged after The Boston Globe reported allegations of sexual misconduct by 50 models. He denied any wrongdoing, but Vogue and other publications cut him off. He was among several accused photographers in the #MeToo movement.

The lensman not only worked in the fashion industry. He filmed Janet Jackson’s topless cover for Rolling Stone in 1993, her breasts covered by the hands of then-young Rene Elizondo. He trained his lens on Madonna in an iconic 1990 image of the star with a bustier in jewelry and again in leather, a cigarette hanging from her lips, during her “Justify My Love” days. And he captured Britney Spears over and over again.

His work with Diana as the first non-British photographer hired took him to a new level. The French Ministry of Culture named Demarchelier officier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2007, the same year she received the CFDA Founding Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert.


Demarchelier began filming as a teenager in Le Havre, Normandy. He moved to New York City at age 30, working on advertising campaigns. His career exploded in the United States as his reputation spread. He has filmed for major designers such as Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang, and has worked for beauty companies and non-luxury brands such as H&M.

Condolences on social media flooded when news of his death spread. Supermodel Amber Valletta posted: “It’s fashion history and legendary photography. We’ll miss it.”

The Demarchelier is survived by his wife, Mia, children Gustaf, Arthur and Victor, and three grandchildren.

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Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies at 78

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