John Woo, L’Uomo Vogue, 1997

For his portrait of Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo, Comte turns the director’s chair away from the audience in an extraordinarily bold composition. Known for his stylised action films like Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), the broken backed chair evokes a sense of conflict and drama, Woo not even needing to look at the camera. Comte demonstrates the completeness of his vision and his willingness to break the traditions of portraiture to make a truly compelling.

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About 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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