Patrick Demarchelier was born near Paris in 1943, into a modest family. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather brought him his first (Eastman Kodak) camera. Demarchelier learned how to develop film; retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.
In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie Claire and 20 Ans Magazine. He later worked for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, first in September 1992 that resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier shot international advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
Since the late 1970s he has shot the covers for nearly every major fashion magazine
Still today, he is going more strong then ever.