When people ask me which is your favourite portrait, they expect it to be Diana, or someone famous. But the answer is my dog, Puffy. They think I mean Puff Daddy. No, it is the dog.

— Patrick Demarchelier

The most profound Patrick Demarchelier quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Take pictures all the time. Don't worry if you take a bad photograph; you learn more by taking a bad picture than a good one. If you don't like it, study it and figure out why you don't like it. You'll learn from your mistake.


Fashion is the opposite of the real, its worst enemy.

Fashion photography is subversive; it makes you believe everything is true, whereas this could not be more false. It is the opposite of a mirror, a deformation.


I don't stop at my past; I like new work. I like what I'm doing tomorrow.


I love my dog. Actually, the best portrait I did was of my dog.


Photography is like a moment, an instant.

You need a half-second to get the photo. So it's good to capture people when they are themselves.


My stepfather gave me a Kodak camera when I was 17 years old.

I started working at a local photo store in Le Havre, France, taking passport pictures and photographing weddings.


The movie that you'll be in is a new challenge.

Photography is just the shot - one day, two days - and the next day you're gone.


When you're a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream.


I don't take the camera out with me. My eyes are the camera for me every day.


Sex doesn't sell as well as we thought.

If we would not sell the Van Gogh and Co., it would be a very serious problem.


For me, the new pictures are what I'm thinking about every day.

The past is the past, no? Every day is a new challenge.


I love digital, but the only problem is less intimacy.

People look at the screen right away. Before, nobody saw the picture before you saw the final picture. There was more privacy in a way.


About Patrick Demarchelier

Quotes 18 sayings
Profession Photographer
Birthday August 21, 1943

My dog, Puffy. The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn't pose. He isn't aware of the camera.


Every day is a dream, every day I spend with my wife.


With Dior Haute Couture, the dream is already there.


When you are a photographer, you work all the time, because your eye is the first camera.


Film is not very practical. The new world goes faster, and digital is very fast.