Signed and numbered Edition of 10
24 x 18 “
Oversized chromogenic print photograph
Gisele by Michel Comte
Gisele by Michel Comte, from his Women series, sold at Christie’s for $20,679.00 Michel Comte’s Women series reinvents fashion portraiture and redefines the subject matter. Intimate and direct, the viewer is confronted by the assertive demeanor presented through the central composition and neutral background. The passive woman of traditional fashion portraiture is replaced by an iconic image of the modern woman.
Michel Comte eschews cheap tricks and thrills and goes straight for that one decisive moment when a woman’s expression and posture reveal her true inner self in his photographs. Michel Comte portrays his subjects with great emotion and intimacy, producing incomparable results in his high fashion photographs. The Women series is a collection of artistic photographs featuring celebrity figures.
Gisele by Michel Comte features world renowned Supermodel Gisele Bundchen captured smoking a cigarette. Intimate and direct, the viewer is confronted by the assertive demeanor presented through the central composition and neutral background. The passive woman of traditional fashion portraiture is replaced by an iconic image of the modern woman.
About the Artist:
Michel Comte is one of the greatest living photo–chroniclers. Michel Comte’s photographic oeuvre brings the most dissimilar human environments into contact, endowing the extremes of our planet with a human dimension. Michel Comte is especially well known for his fashion photography and photographs of stars, such as Kate Moss, Sophia Loren and Mike Tyson. From the very beginning, one theme has surfaced repeatedly, namely women in Michel Comte’s photography.
Professionally trained art restorer turned photographer. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1979, he received an international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the Chloe fashion house and relocated to Paris. In 1981, Comte moved to New York to work for American Vogue. He later moved to Los Angeles. It was not long before Comte became one of the most in-demand magazine and fashion photographers in the world.
Comte’s advertising clients include famous names such as Armani, Dolce & -Gabbana, Nike, Lancome, Revlon, Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes Benz.
In addition to portrait photography and fashion Comte has also increasingly moved towards photo-reportage and docucumentary. On photo assignments for the international Red Cross as well as his own Michel Comte Water Foundation he has travelled war zones and unstable areas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan and Cambodia.