Friday, June 22, 2012

Layabouts

Patrick Demarchelier's pristine vision of beauty has helped to shape the landscape of fashion photography for almost four decades. I felt compelled to highlight Demarchelier's contributions to the industry, upon viewing his latest editorial effort for the July 2012 issue of Interview Magazine. The editorial entitled "Delicacy" features Sara Blomqvist and Ophelie Rupp shot simply in what could well pass as an abandoned farmhouse attic. The editorial is beautiful in its simplicity, without resorting to any gimmicks or over-the-top styling, and relies instead on the subtlety of the poses and expressions of the models. Demarchelier displays his photographic mastery by contrasting light and shade to create a gorgeously ethereal mood.

Ophelie Rupp & Sara Blomqvist
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - models.com

Born and raised in Le Havre in the South of France, Demarchelier was interested in photography and beauty from an early age, declaring to his parents at age seventeen of his intention to become a photographer. Speaking with the Telegraph, Demarchelier recalls "They were pleased because I was just this layabout who wasn't very good at school. Luckily my dad was able to witness the beginnings of my success before he died." Demarchelier's success has been spectacular as evidenced by his long-standing relationship as a contributor to the American, French and British editions of Vogue and as a key photographer for American Harpers Bazaar during Liz Tilberis' reign as editor during the nineties. Throughout his career, Demarchelier has photographed many of the world's most celebrated beauties and was instrumental in creating the supermodel phenomenon during the late eighties and nineties with his iconic images of Christy, Linda et al. Demarchelier however insists while speaking with the Telegraph "I do like beauty, but an older women can be beautiful and a clever woman is beautiful because that beauty shines through."

Sara Blomqvist
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ophelie Rupp
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - models.com

Sara Blomqvist & Ophelie Rupp
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - demarchelier.com

Sara Blomqvist
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ophelie Rupp & Sara Blomqvist
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ophelie Rupp
Interview - July 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - demarchelier.com

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