Patrick Demarchelier

 

     Patrick Demarchelier is a famous fashion photographer who was born on August 21, 1943 in Le Harve, France.  He received his first camera at the age of seventeen and began his career in Paris.  In 1975 he moved to New York City.  Since 1970 he has taken photos for the covers of nearly every major fashion magazine including American, British, and French Vogue.  He has also shot for Rolling Stones, Glamour, Life, Newsweek, Elle, and GQ.  From 1992 to 2004 he worked with Harper’s Bazaar to become their premier photographer.  Throughout his years he has also photographed many advertsing campaigns and high profile celebrities.  Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to be invited to take pictures of the Royal Family.  He was also referenced in the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada.

     I am a huge fan and admirer of Demarchelier’s work and often times look to his photographs as inspiration for my own pictures.  I think his images are so full of life and he has shot some of my favorite ad campaigns such as Chanel No. 5 with Nicole Kidman.

 

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Harold Edgerton

 

     Harold Eugen Edgerton was born in Freemont, Nebraska on April 6, 1903.  He attended the University of Nebrasks-Lincoln where he received his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1925. Edgerton then entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1926. In 1927 he earned an S.M. in electrical engineering and then became a professor at MIT and invented the electronic flash.  He was the first person to take high speed color photographs and was a pioneer of multiflash and microsecond imagery.  He is best known for his use of a speedlight to stop motion on film. In 1934 Edgerton was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Photographic Society and in 1973 he received the National Medal of Science.  His work was featured in the Oct. 1987 edition of National Geographic Magazine in an article entitled, “Doc Edgerton: the man who made time stand still.”   On January 4, 1990 he passed away from a heart attack at the age of 86.

   I really find Edgerton’s photographs fascinating because they are pictures that the naked eye can not actually see. This man’s work made breakthroughs both in the fields of photography and science.  I think his images are entertaining, yet at the same time, also educational in the way that we can now see how different things move at high speeds and action.

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Bruce Weber

 Bruce Weber was born on March 29, 1946 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  He is an American fashion photographer and an occasional filmmaker who is best known for his controversial and racey ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Ftich, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren.  Weber has also done work for GQ, Vanity Fair, American Vogue, and Rolling Stone.  His first fashion photography appeared in GQ in the late 1970s.  He has been known as a pioneer of male fashion and art photography which gained attention from the public in the late 1980s and early 1990s through his ad images for Calvin Klein.  Most of Weber’s photographs are black and white or toned images, but occasionaly he will shoot in color.  He has had more than 15 books published of his work and many permanent collections of his photographs are in museums. 

     I am a fan of Weber’s work for the most part.  I love a lot of his Abercrombie & Fitch photographs.  I do think that some of his pictures are a bit too much though sometimes and can be too racey (an example would be the late A&F Quarterly that was pulled from the shelves a few years ago).  His black and white work holds so much detail and is beautifully lit.  I think he is a great influence to the world of fashion photography right now.

 

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