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Michel Comte – Thirty years and five minutes

30-year portfolio of legendary portrait, fashion and documentary photographer

30-year portfolio of legendary portrait, fashion and documentary photographer

(teNeues, 2009) Brittany Murphy, flawlessly radiant; Mickey Rourke, holding hands with someone wearing a top hat, and wreathed in smoke; Penélope Cruz, nothing but masses of hair and cheekbones; a tiny Haitian baby looking like it is wrapped in rose leaves; proudly posing men in Afghanistan, whom, at second glance, are all amputees. These images and many more are from the 30-year portfolio of legendary portrait, fashion and documentary photographer Michel Comte. His is a unique, provocative perspective – no face is straightforward, no pose is standard. Each photo can be interpreted in many ways and each time you look at it, it reveals something different about the subject. Beautifully published by teNeues, this is a must-have for someone interested in photography, celebrities or fashion.