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Michel Comte: Faces

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One of the most sought after fashion and society photographers of his generation, Michel Comte is well-known for his spreads in Vanity Fair and Vogue, and for his advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Versace. Comte has the singular ability to seduce his subjects into striking poses and attitudes they, and we, would never expect. Whether it’s Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, or Kim Basinger in drag; Michael Tyson in tears; Daryl Hannah as the villain; or Mickey Rourke, literally “all wet,” a Comte portrait bears the unmistakable mark of its unpredictable photographer. A worldwide traveler, Comte is every bit as outrageous, glamorous and self-assured as his celebrity subjects. His understanding of and comfort in the chaotic obsessive world they inhabit affords him a kind of manipulative grace and the power not only to catch these extremely guarded people unaware, but to allow them to open up in front of his camera.

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