Michel Comte Biography
Artist Michel Comte was born in 1954 in Zurich, Switzerland. The professionally trained art restorer approached photography auto didactically. In 1979 Comte received his first international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the French fashion house Chloe that evidentially saw him move to Paris. Working for American Vogue lead Comte, in 1981, to New York and Los Angeles. ‘I have always lived on the edge’, Comte testifies to his restless persona, ‘ I immediately move on. I probably inherited that from my grandfather’ (Swiss aviation pioneer Alfred Comte). Within a few years, Michel Comte quickly evolved to become one of the most sought-after fashion and magazine photographers in the world. For Vogue and Vanity Fair Comte has portrayed numerous celebrities from the world of art, movies and entertainment ranging from Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore to Pharrell Williams, Jake Gylenhall, Mike Tyson and Michael Schumacher. Comte’s advertising clients include famous names such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Lancôme, Revlon, Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes Benz. In addition to portrait photography and fashion Comte has increasingly moved towards to photo-reportage and documentary. On photo assignments for the international Red Cross as well as his own Michel Comte Water Foundation as he travelled war zones and unstable areas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan and Cambodia. In 2016, Comte has continued to work with the best in fashion editorial including shoots for Vogue Italia and Vogue Uomo, and in brand advertising Comte shot the latest campaign for blu electronic cigarettes. Adding to this his artistic side has seen him hold exhibitions all across the world, his latest ‘Michel Comte Neoclassic’ being held in Parma.