French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier poses at an event in Los Angeles, California. February 11, 2011
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French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier dies at 78

By Natalia Liubchenkova

Tributes are paid to the iconic French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, known for photographing the world's most famous personalities.

French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, an author of many iconic portraits of world-famous personalities, died on Thursday aged 78. Without citing the cause of his death, the announcement was made on Demarchelier's official instagram account.

Born in the French city Le Havre in Normandy, Demarchelier moved to Paris in his twenties. After establishing himself as a fashion photographer, he worked with high profile figures like Madonna, Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, Cindy Crowford, Gisele Bündchen and was well known as Princess Diana's personal photographer.

Demarchelier's photographs appeared on the covers of the world's top magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazar, Elle, Glamour, Rolling Stone and Newsweek.

He joined forces with a number of fashion houses, contributing to the advertising campaigns of Dior, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and many others.

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Patrick Demarchelier attends the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection show at the Grand Palais in Paris. October 2, 2012Martin Bureau/AFP

In 2018, seven women models accused Patrick Demarchelier of sexual assault. He denied these allegations.

Many celebrities, fashion designers, models, stylists, have paid tribute to the photographer following the news of his death, thanking him for his kindness, talent and contribution to their careers.

Demarchelier is survived by his wife Mia Demarchelier, three sons and three grandchildren.

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