For four decades, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe has made portraits of many of the world’s most celebrated performers, politicians and intellectuals, from Meryl Streep and Joan Didion, to Bob Dylan to Nelson Mandela.
Her monographs include Lacombe Anima/Persona (published by Steidl/Dangin in 2008) and Lacombe Cinema/Theater (Schirmer/Mosel, 2001).
She was the subject of the documentary film “Brigitte” by director Lynne Ramsay, commissioned by Miu Miu Women’s Tales, which was first screened at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and 2019 New York Film Festival.
Among the awards she has won are the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Travel and Portraiture (2012) and the Eisenstaedt Award for Outstanding Magazine Photography, Travel (2000). She was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
Lacombe has always worked behind the scenes on film sets – from “All the Presidents Men (1975) to The Irishman (2019) – with directors Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Jonze, Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Lynne Ramsay, and Wes Anderson, and many others,
She has shot ad campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Prada and Armani.
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Brigitte Lacombe: There Is Another Way to Live