Photograph by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, May 1989
The images that the influential photographer Patrick Demarchelier creates have shaped the way we see fashion for more than four decades. That perspective tends to be a happy, fun one—he’s an optimist who finds vitality in his often smiling subjects. Initially hired by Condé Nast editorial director Alexander Liberman, Demarchelier began his long relationship with Vogue in 1974. Since then he’s snapped Madonna at home, Beyoncé regal in red, Daria Werbowy in the wild, and Caroline Trentini in motion—as captured on film in The September Issue. While his approach varies each time—“Sometimes the shoot is about the girl, sometimes it’s a story,” he says—the results are invariably delightful. As the French-born photographer, a stalwart on the New York scene, receives the Clio Image Awards’ first Lifetime Achievement Award tonight, we look back at his work in Vogue. Click HERE for the full list.