My career began with Condé Nast Paris and Vogue Hommes, Vogue Decoration, and Vogue Paris.  Regular assignments included well-known individuals and places. Les Grands Crus du Bordelais, private chateaux in the Southwest of France, the Orient Express, portraits of British aristocrats including the much admired Duchess of Devonshire, Lord and Lady Cato and Viscount Linley, now Earl of Snowdon; as well as Parisian haute couture, including Victoire de Castellane, formerly of Chanel and now Creative Director of Christian Dior Fine Jewellery; Bernard Lanvin; and Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermès. A nice beginning.

 

Moving on to independent projects, I chose the top five colleges in Cambridge University, which included portraits of not only professors, scientists, researchers, and college deans, but gardeners, porters, maids, butlers, and eventually students – each in their own environment.  This series of silver gelatin prints was exhibited at Christie’s London, King Street, Paris Galerie Demi-Teinte, and then published by Vogue Paris.  Several of these portraits are also in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Next came the cinema! And who could have been a more challenging subject than the world-renowned genius cinematographer and theatre director, Ingmar Bergman?  Up to that time, Bergman had agreed to pose for only one photographer in the world, and that was Irving Penn.  He brusquely turned down scores of other photographers and magazines, so this was a challenge. And so began my “Swedish saga”…I would photograph the entire artistic team of the reclusive Ingmar Bergman, in Stockholm.  And, for three years I devoted myself to producing 98 portraits, and ultimately one of Bergman himself!  So there are now two photographers in the world who actually photographed Bergman, Irving Penn and me! This series was exhibited at the Berlin Kinematheque and at Art Photo Collection in Gothenburg. It was a great honor when the Bank of Sweden subsequently chose my portrait of Ingmar Bergman to appear on their new 200sk banknote in 2015.

 

My interest then moved to semi-tropical plants in Sintra, Portugal.  Actually, in the garden memorialized by Lord Byron in his poetry. This series was selected as the winner of the Hasselblad World Master Award and was also exhibited at the Galerie Armelle Toublanc on Avenue Matignon in Paris. The Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation also purchased several limited-edition platinum palladium prints of this series.

 

Based in New York and Paris, I travel constantly for portraits and other commissions.  And, recently I was privileged to visit le Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, where I produced one of my most challenging works in both black and white and color.  

 

For information on available prints or portrait commissions, please contact:  marie@dukeandnelson.com

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