Patrick Demarchelier

Sublime at Staley - Wise NYC

Patrick Demarchelier Joan Smalls, Cut to the Chase, Jamaica, Vogue, 2012. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

BY: Jes Zurell

If you’ve ever cracked a couture magazine, you’re familiar with Patrick Demarchelier. His sensual yet kinetic point of view graces the pages of Vogue, French Vogue, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair beginning in 1974, securing his status as fashion photography’s own personal Jesus.

Not that we’d ever suggest his work is graying around the temples. On the contrary – his images are consistently on the steamy side of sexy, and from February 8 through April 24, it’s on display at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York.

Time in the globe’s most prominent fashion cities seasons Demarchelier’s work and keeps it as fresh as the runway itself. He has the unique ability to identify the precise moment – down to the millisecond – when he captured the right shot. His portraits of Kate, Gisele, Christy, and the other original Supers redefine “picture perfect” such that it’s not about the model looking on point, but rather about flawless timing.

It’s one thing to photograph a gorgeous model in the nude; it’s another to tantalize your audience with the idea that maybe (by some divine nip slip) they’re doing more than looking – they’re connecting with said model. To this we invite you, in the words of Depeche Mode, reach out and touch faith.

Patrick Demarchelier Princess Diana, 1995
Patrick Demarchelier. Princess Diana, 1995. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Christian Dior Sonnet dress, Autumn - Winter 1952 Haute Couture Collection, 2013
Patrick Demarchelier. Christian Dior Sonnet dress, Autumn – Winter 1952 Haute Couture Collection, 2013. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Karlie Kloss, Dressed Up Face, New York, Vogue, 2009
Patrick Demarchelier
Karlie Kloss, Dressed Up Face, New York, Vogue, 2009. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier Boxing Gym, Cuba, 1998
Patrick Demarchelier. Boxing Gym, Cuba, 1998. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Christy, “My Fair Lady”, British Vogue, 1992
Patrick Demarchelier. Christy, “My Fair Lady”, British Vogue, 1992. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier Grace Hartzel, New York, Vogue, 2015
Patrick Demarchelier. Grace Hartzel, New York, Vogue, 2015. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier Guinevere, High and Mighty, New York, Vogue, 2010
Patrick Demarchelier. Guinevere, High and Mighty, New York, Vogue, 2010. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier Mariacarla and Anja Rubik, Italian Vogue, 2008
Patrick Demarchelier. Mariacarla and Anja Rubik, Italian Vogue, 2008. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier Leonardo DiCaprio, 1999
Patrick Demarchelier. Leonardo DiCaprio, 1999. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Kate Moss, Cuba, Harper’s Bazaar, 1998
Patrick Demarchelier. Kate Moss, Cuba, Harper’s Bazaar, 1998. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Richard Avedon, New York, 1993
Patrick Demarchelier. Richard Avedon, New York, 1993. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast

 

Patrick Demarchelier RuPaul, 1998
Patrick Demarchelier. RuPaul, 1998. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Christian Dior Haute Couture, Sasha, Spring - Summer 1948, 2010
Patrick Demarchelier. Christian Dior Haute Couture, Sasha, Spring – Summer 1948, 2010. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

 

Patrick Demarchelier Gisele Bündchen, 2002
Patrick Demarchelier. Gisele Bündchen, 2002. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

 

Patrick Demarchelier Joan Smalls, Cut to the Chase, Jamaica, Vogue, 2012
Patrick Demarchelier. Joan Smalls, Cut to the Chase, Jamaica, Vogue, 2012. Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York / © Condé Nast