Patrick Demarchelier (born 1943) is a French fashion photographer.
Patrick Demarchelier got started with photography, when his stepfather offered him his first Kodak camera for his 17th birthday. While looking through a fashion magazine he discovered his passion for the fashion world.
In the early 1960s Patrick Demarchelier moved to Paris where he worked as an assistant in several photo labs to improve his technique and skills. During this period he met the Swiss photographer Hans Feurer, another important man in the world of fashion photography.
A few years later, he started to climb the career ladder. Some of his photos had already been published in well-known women’s magazines like Marie Claire or Elle. In 1975 he decided to go to New York where he soon achieved international fame.
By the end of the 1970s, fashion magazines all over the world, including the French, British and American editions of Vogue, had used Demarchelier’s photos for their covers. He also worked as a photographer for news and culture magazines like Newsweek and Rolling Stone. Since 1992 his photos could also be seen for a period of 12 years in the American women’s fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.
Patrick Demarchelier shot international ad campaigns for famous fashion houses such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Armani, Lancôme, Guerlain, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
In 2005 he was awarded a contract for the Pirelli Calendar for which he took pictures in Rio de Janeiro. Two years later he continued his work in Shanghai for the 2007 edition.