Princess Diana's favourite photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies
Princess Diana’s favourite photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who shot famous tiara image, dies aged 78
- Princess Diana contacted him in 1989 after she seeing images on Vogue’s cover
- He photographed her in black and white wearing a strapless dress and tiara
- Mr Demarchelier was accused of sexually assaults, which he denied
Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer who took some of the most captivating and memorable portraits of Princess Diana, has died aged 78.
The Frenchman was contacted by the Princess of Wales in 1989 after she saw one of his images on the cover of Vogue.
Their first shoot the following year produced the famous black and white photograph of Diana wearing a strapless dress and tiara.
Afterwards the princess took the unusual step of asking Mr Demarchelier to become her personal portraitist – the first non-British official photographer of the Royal Family.
French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who died aged 78, is seen at the Petit Palais in Paris in 2008
Demarchelier’s and Princess Diana’s first shoot the following year produced the famous black and white photograph of Diana wearing a strapless dress and tiara. (Pictured: A woman takes a picture of a photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales by Patrick Demarchelier 1990 during a press view of Vogue 100)
Demarchelier took iconic photographs of Diana that graced the front of numerous magazines
He once said of their relationship: ‘We became friends. She was funny and kind – but fundamentally she was a very simple woman who liked very simple things.’
The death of Mr Demarchelier, who lived in New York with his ex-model wife Mia, was confirmed on his Instagram account last night.
He is survived by three sons – Gustaf, Arthur and Victor – and three grandchildren.
The death of Mr Demarchelier, who lived in New York with his ex-model wife Mia, was confirmed on his Instagram account last night (Pictured: Anna Wintour and Patrick Demarchelier Chanel Show, Autumn Winter 2014, Paris Fashion Week)
The Frenchman was contacted by the Princess of Wales in 1989 after she saw one of his images on the cover of Vogue. Pictured: One of Patrick Demarchelie’s covers
In a stellar career, Mr Demarchelier captured photos of celebrities including Madonna, Kate Moss and Beyonce.
He appeared in films such as 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada and his work often graced the pages of Vogue.
In 2018, Mr Demarchelier was accused of sexually assaulting models and an assistant, which he denied.
Magazine firm Conde Nast, which owns Vogue, suspended work with the photographer.
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