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April 20 2014

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It’s A Family Affair

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Is there room for two photographers in one family? If that family is the Demarchelier one, well, sure. Victor D.—Patrick’s son—has been quietly racking up credits (and a show, back in March, at New York’s Clic Gallery) for a few years now, but his latest project sounds like it could be a game-changer: a collaborative shoot with his father. Both Demarcheliers are working on the November issue of Vogue Brasil, which is traditionally devoted to Rio. Sources say Victor flew down to shoot two editorials in the Brazilian city recently, and is now back in New York shooting a third editorial and the cover in the company of his father, styled by Vogue Brasil fashion director Giovanni Frasson and starring the very lovely Isabeli Fontana (pictured, on set). It will be the first published collaboration between the two—occasion enough for Fontana to fly out a little late to the Paris shows.

Chez Demarchelier, It’s Like Father, Like Son

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You might expect that Victor Demarchelier—son of Patrick—was born with a camera in his hand. But Demarchelier fils, whose debut photo show, Creating Images, is now up at New York’s Clic Gallery, insists the urge to shoot came later—after a bout with economics, to be precise. Having spent his collegiate years studying finance and studio art (primarily printmaking) at Vassar, Demarchelier only began taking photos after he returned to his native city post-graduation. He’s since lensed for the likes of Paris Vogue and Interview.

“I like to look at paintings mainly, like those of Francis Bacon. Or Mapplethorpe, Newton, and Penn,” says Demarchelier, who assisted his father in the studio before breaking out on his own. An affection for fashion’s old masters is readily apparent in Demarchelier’s work, which is predominantly in black-and-white and printed on silver gelatin or platinum prints for an aged quality. “I like when they’re rough,” Demarchelier says of his images, which he retouches only minimally. “I don’t always spot them; that way they’re more like a piece of art. The accidents can be beautiful, too.” Of course, beautiful subjects don’t hurt, either. There are plenty in the Clic show, including several of his girlfriend Caroline Trentini.

And as for that famous father? He’s now a studio mate. The two work side by side in the elder’s Chelsea space. “We like to talk to each other while the other one is shooting. Sometimes we definitely get on each other’s nerves,” Demarchelier laughs. But, despite any studio tiffs, Demarchelier doesn’t feel much added pressure as a result of his last name. “It helps and it hurts at the same time,” he says. “But it’s nothing to be ashamed of. And not just because he’s my dad, but because he’s one of my favorite photographers.”

“Creating Images” runs through April 4 at Clic Gallery, 424 Broome St., NYC, (212) 219-8006, www.clicgallery.com.

Photo: Victor Demarchelier