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KUNST HAUS WIEN, in cooperation with Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, presents a retrospective of Swiss photographer Michel Comte.
ON VIEW UNTIL: February 16.
The Swiss photographer Michel Comte, born in 1954, is a master of spontaneity and transformation who is constantly in search of new challenges. In the more than 30 years of his career, he has photographed film stars, supermodels and greats of the jazz and music scenes as well as people at scenes of crisis across the globe. Comte’s photographic eye is as sharp and alert on the red carpets of film festivals and luxury hotels as among the ruins of war zones in Afghanistan or Bosnia.
The exhibition presents the main phases of Michel Comte’s oeuvre, divided into several thematic groups: One part comprises the world-famous portraits, fashion photography, advertising photography and nudes that he has done since 1979. Another part, which includes the “making of” an advertising campaign and unpublished material from Comte’s archive, provides an insight into the work that goes into his photographs. A third section is devoted to Comte’s commitment to charitable institutions.
Michel Comte’s portraits reveal him to be a master of staging. He has photographed Miles Davis, Catherine Deneuve and Tina Turner for magazines such as “Vogue” or “Vanity Fair”. His portraits include Sophia Loren, Geraldine Chaplin, George Clooney and Louise Bourgeois.
Time and again, Comte succeeds in giving his portraits a distinctive touch, an interpretation of the subject’s personality arising from Comte’s pictorial language and the personal photographic encounter. For many years, he has photographed his most personal portraits not in a studio, but in the more intimate ambience of Suite 152 at the Hotel Ritz in Paris.