MICHEL COMTE – ONE OF THE BEST IN INDUSTRY FASHION PHOTOS
Michel Comte is one of the most famous fashion photographers. He also received worldwide recognition as a portrait painter, film director, cameraman, author of piercing photo stories … The talented Swiss tried his hand in many art genres, and almost everywhere he was accompanied by great success.
Michel Comte was born in 1954 in Switzerland. He was educated in English and French schools. The beginning of the creative activity of Comte is connected with the restoration works. He chose a specialization – works of contemporary art. Of particular interest were the works of the great Andy Warhol. In parallel, he began to engage in photographing. Even at the start of a career, outstanding abilities were clearly visible, so the novice photographer quickly gained recognition.
Comte came to fame in 1979. It was then that the famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld invited the Swiss to cooperate with the Chloe brand. With this, Michelle Comte’s star trek began as a fashion photographer.
The photographer carried out several successful orders for the fashion house, after which he drew the attention of the creators of the modern fashion bible – Vogue magazine. Michel began working with publishers in several countries at once, but since 1981 his shooting in the United States of America has become his priority.
Moving to New York – one of the world’s centers of fashion industry – contributed to the expansion of creative and career opportunities. Comte got the opportunity to communicate with the most eminent personalities of our time: designers, actors, athletes … And it was in the early eighties that the formation of an outstanding portrait painter began.
Many famous works of Michel Comte are associated with the creation of portraits of celebrities. Star personalities with pleasure pose for a talented photographer who is able to create truly original, memorable and charismatic pictures.
In the creative “piggy bank” portrait works of Michel Comte – dozens of photos of actors, singers, world-famous athletes. He gladly posed for Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Mike Tyson, Jeremy Irons, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Sheron Stone, Sophia Loren and other stars.
An important feature of portrait photos in their often provocative nature. Comte uses a wide arsenal of various techniques that not only help to better reveal the personality of the model, but also cause a warm response from the viewer.
Portraits of Michel Comte for several decades considered the classics of modern photography. The author prefers to take black and white pictures, considering them more expressive.
Close cooperation connects Comte with one of the most famous race drivers, whose name has long been a household name – Michael Schumacher. Being practically namesake, they perfectly found a common language and created many amazing photographs. This has contributed to the long-standing passion of Michel himself car racing. The photographer has always closely watched the Formula 1 broadcasts.
Michel Comte is not limited in his photographs only to the world of art, fashion and show business. For many years he has been engaged in reportage photography, traveling, working closely with charitable organizations, primarily with the Red Cross.
Comte is a photographer who is not afraid to take risks. At one time, he actively visited many of the hot spots where at that time fighting was going on (Kosovo, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and so on). Comte led a reportage photography, filmed a lot of documentary shots for photo chronicles and to attract the attention of the world community to those events that brought much grief to local residents.
Michel Comte is a talented and versatile photographer who is not afraid to break the generally accepted rules. In his work, the Swiss is consistent and diverse, trying to constantly improve and find new techniques and perspectives.
In addition to his love of black and white photographs (although he did a lot of color photographs), Michel Comte demonstrates his commitment to film cameras. He has repeatedly stated that the emergence of digital cameras has practically “killed” photography as art.
Another important feature of Comte’s work is anthropocentricity. Among the works of the photographer, it is very rare to see subject or landscape photography. Michelle prefers to shoot people, to demonstrate their deep inner world and complex character, he is always interested in personalities.