Welcome to the official website of The Michel Comte Photographic Estate.

We have the exclusive rights to all photographic works produced by Michel Comte from 1977-2007, all works exclusively accompanied with official certificates of authenticity.

Female icons

Throughout his career, Comte has created many of the most surprising and memorable portraits of his famous sitters. From Sofia Coppola in a bubble bath to Catharine Deneuve smoking in her pyjamas, these are the stars as you have never seen them before. Unencumbered by their stature, Comte shows these women as they really are, at their most sensual and glamorous, but also their most vulnerable. These portraits transcend celebrity and stand alongside the great portraits of the 20th century. Comte’s has been a regular contributor to Vogue Italia, and his portraits have also appeared publications including Interview, Vanity Fair and Esquire.

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Supermodels

Comte’s portraits are synonymous with the 1990s, the era when the notion of the Supermodel reached its zenith. The height of glamour, his portraits were amongst the most famous and vibrant of the innumerable images taken of these all-conquering women. Comte shot all the major names of the period, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Linda Evangelista. He would also create intense and complexly composed group shots that emphasise the artist ability to arrange colour and form with a painter’s eye.

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the artist

Michel Comte

Combining passion and glamour with an impulsive spontaneity, Swiss artist Michel Comte has redefined photography and portraiture throughout his 30-year career. Moving deftly between art and fashion, his work encapsulates the feelings and aesthetics of the late 20th century, drawing out intensely individual images of his subjects.

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Guest Curator

Georgina Casparis
Seeing People Exactly as They Are

A Conversation with Georgina Casparis, curator of the Michel Comte Online Photography Selection

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