Saturday, June 13, 2009

Susie B Post 5 - Fashion Photographer & Illustrator

Patrick Demarchelier was born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Kodak camera. He quickly became a natural behind the camera. Then he learned how to develop film, retouch negatives, began shooting friends and weddings…
He started working in a dark-room for a young women’s finishing school where he put together portfolios for the students. There, he perfected his technique, sharpened his eye and began to develop his personal style.
He discovered fashion photography by working as a free-lance photographer. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie-Claire, 20 ans Magazine in France, Italy and in Germany. In 1975, he left France for New York without speaking a single word of English with the intention to follow his girlfriend – who left him before he even arrived – this trip would launch him on his journey to become one of the greatest fashion photographers. He learned English on the street and by watching TV. He began his international career working for Glamour and Mademoiselle Magazines. He later worked for Vogue magazine and Harper’s Bazaar in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier’s work rapidly became recognized by key players in the fashion industry and he was quickly solicited to shoot prestigious international advertising campaigns. Dior, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Tag Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, etc

Patrick Demarchelier’s artistic approach for a photo shoot is identical whether it’s with a celebrity or a fashion model. He seeks to unveil the sublime natural essence of his subject and reveal their inner optimism. Robert de Niro, Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Nicole Kidman, Julia Ro
berts, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Gianni Versace, Warren Beatty, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Laura Bush, Président Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, etc. and Lady Diana's official photographer.

Patrick Demarchelier loves spontaneity. It’s at the beginning or end of a photo shoot that he unveils the subjects’ natural essence. A state of mind that he pursues to capture. The Demarchelier touch is spontaneity and positive vision projected upon his subject.

Patrick Demarchelier’s fashion photographs emphasizes the recognition of the art of fashion. his sensitivity, deep sense of humanity, respect for his subjects, and ability to unearth passion in each individual. Regardless of whether the subject is famous or unknown, they vibrate to the frequency of the photographer’s generous gaze. And the visitor is carried away by the life force bursting from the model’s eyes.

Kareem Iliya

"Iliya's work is usually described as being 'ethereal' and 'mystical'. He works with watercolor and ink on paper, often in vibrant colors through which figures and objects seem to burst and radiate."

Kareem Iliya was born in Lebanon in 1967 and studied fashion design in Texas and New York. He works with watercolours and ink to create those beautiful illustrations. His playing with contrasts and the colour gradient in his work are stunning!

Kareem Iliya started his fashion career working with Giorgio Armani, and from 1992 also freelanced as an illustrator. His images are hauntingly full of grace and mystery.

In addition to being an illustrator, Kareem Iliya is also a menswear designer.


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