Death of Patrick Demarchelier: the fashion photographer was 78 years old

Patrick Demarchelier, who photographed Princess Diana and many other celebrities, has died. He was 78 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Patrick Demarchelier”, we read on his Instagram account. “He is survived by his wife Mia, his three sons Gustaf, Arthur, Victor and three grandchildren.”

The photographer died on Thursday. No cause of death was given.

Demarchelier’s photographs have appeared on the covers of Vogue, Allure, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar and for several campaigns for fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. He was best known for capturing some of Princess Diana’s iconic photographs, later becoming her personal photographer.

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The French photographer was a staple of fashion pop culture with many celebrities being the subject of his lens, including RuPaul, Madonna, Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. Demarchelier appeared on the 15th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model”.

Her name was also used in the 2016 fashion film “The Devil Wears Prada” by fictional boss Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). “Demarchelier, call him,” she orders Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in the film.

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Born in France, Demarchelier learned photography by experience. His stepfather gave him his first camera when he was 17 years old. He then moved to Paris and started shooting for Vogue before moving to New York and becoming an icon in the fashion world.

In 2018 during the rise of #MeToo, the photographer was accused by several models of sexual harassment, as detailed in an article from the Boston Globe. Demarchelier denied the allegations. Conde Nast, owner of Vogue, later released a statement saying the company “would not be working with him for the foreseeable future.”

Patrick Demarchelier photographs Jaden Smith during the Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection 2017 at MAC Niter on May 28, 2016 in Niteroi, Brazil.

Many celebrities mourned the photographer’s death on social media.

“So honored to have worked with the legend and sweetest @patrickdemarchelier who you will miss,” model Emily Ratajkowski wrote on Instagram.

“I have always enjoyed working with Patrick so much. Very sad to hear of his passing. Sending so much love to his family,” Kate Hudson commented on Demarchelier’s Instagram.

Ciara tweeted“I will never forget the special moment of being photographed by legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier. It was a dream come true. He was so kind. He was also one of my favorite photographers. His work will live on to inspire so many people.”

“Fashion photography and the art of portraiture has lost one of its great masters”, Giorgio Armani wrote in a tribute on Twitter.

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