Legendary Portrait Taker | Michel Comte

Born in Zurich in 1954, Michel Comte is one of the world’s busiest fashion and magazine photographers. He trained as an art restorer a...


Born in Zurich in 1954, Michel Comte is one of the world’s busiest fashion and magazine photographers. He trained as an art restorer and then later taught himself photography. In 1979, he received his first advertising commission from Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion label Chloé and moved to Paris.



In 1981, he moved to New York and later to Los Angeles for his work on American Vogue. He describes his restless life with the words: ‘I have always lived on the edge’. As soon as he notices that his life is lacking risk, he moves on and focuses on something new.

In addition to portraits and fashion photography, Comte has also increasingly moved towards photo-reportage. On photo assignments for the International Red Cross, for example, he has traveled to war zones and unstable areas in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. 


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