Patrick Demarchelier at the A. galerie
Inside the gallery A
Hurry up! You have just a few days left to go and see some of the most beautiful portraits of French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, currently showed at the A. galerie in Paris. About 30 pictures, almost exclusively featuring women – Brad Pitt’s portrait is all the more noticeable – have been selected by Arnaud Adida, the gallery owner, who entitled the exhibition ‘Desire’.
Very well located, between the Palais de Tokyo – the French temple of contemporary arts, and the Pierre Bergé / Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, the A. galerie’s exhibition of Patrick Demarchelier’s work is, at first sight, surprisingly modest. This is, as Adida explains, just a wink at 2008′s large retrospective of the photographer’s pictures. Besides, this selection of famous images has also been made for potential buyers…
‘Famous’ is the word: the black and white photos reveal the bodies of the greatest top models in the world. Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington, Carla Bruni, Laetitia Casta… There are other pictures of anonymous women, too; all of them are amazingly sublimated by Patrick Demarchelier’s camera. With such an insight on the woman body’s curves and a focus on the natural beauty purified by the choice of black and white, Baudelaire’s poetry instantly came to our head: “There all is order, naught amiss: Comfort and beauty, calm and bliss”. And that’s exactly what Patrick Demarchelier is looking to achieve with his photos: “When I am shooting a portrait, I am not looking for a power struggle. (…) I like to reveal the positive side, the nice one.”
Laetitia Casta #1, 1997.
Patrick Demarchelier’s work can finally be summed up by three words: beauty, elegance and pureness.
Nude, New York, 1975.