“It was the age of innocence as they called it, and the roads never ended,” says Swiss photographer and artist Michel Comte (born 1954) of American Road Stories, his vision of how America once was. The book combines found erotic images from the 1970s and ’80s with his photographs taken from a car speeding along a desert highway, as the horizon, both physical and metaphorical, stretches infinitely into the distance.
Comte conjures up a simpler moment in America’s history, a golden time when getting in touch with a friend or lover meant not reaching for an iPhone but dropping a quarter into a payphone. For Comte this is a slice of history where the classic American road trip and sexual freedom go hand in hand; whether nostalgic or voyeuristic, he leaves for the viewer to decide.
Published by Steidl. Text by Michel Comte, Gery Keszler.
This book is Michel Comte’s (born 1954) portrait of the glamour and grit of Gery Keszler’s annual Life Ball, held as a reminder that AIDS is still present. From Bill Clinton to Whoopi Goldberg, Naomi Campbell to Elton John, the worlds of politics and fashion unite at amfAR’s (the American Foundation for AIDS Research) gala in Vienna, designed each year by a different artist.
Through photos, reproductions of neoclassical treasures and reworked images of masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà, Michel Comte (born 1954) traces the classical aesthetic and its rebirth as neoclassicism throughout the ages. In Comte’s words, the neoclassic demonstrates a “dream of perfection,” one we are seduced by even as we know its danger.
This publication documents a cosmological land art installation by Swiss photographer Michel Comte (born 1954) on the site of the ancient Turkish city of Harran. A major urban site in ancient Upper Mesopotamia, the area was home to Sabians, a community of star worshippers.
Published by Steidl Comte. Text by Michel Comte, Ralf Stutzki, Thomas R. Ward, Daniel J. Müller.
This collaboration between Swiss artist Michel Comte (born 1954) and the NCCR MSE explores the thin line between contemporary art and molecular research. EL & Us—engineering life and us—is Comte’s proactive contribution, directly addressing the issue: can engineering life lead to a better future?
Published by Steidl. Text by Michel Comte, Alessandro D’Angelo, Mark Harris, Carl Novick, Tyson Pilcher, Ayako Yoshida.
An avid mountain climber, Swiss photographer Michel Comte (born 1954) shows us the glacial landscapes of Switzerland, Nepal, Tibet and the US. For this long-term project—the photographs of which were mostly taken from open helicopters—Comte periodically returned to the same places over the course of a decade to record the alterations in landscape and light patterns. The sequential arrangement of the images reveals the breathtaking variety of high-lying, remote corners of the globe that are unknown and inaccessible to most of us. But it also gives undeniable evidence to the destructive impact of climate change and the ever more rapid disappearance of this surreal and savage world. Defying the allure of classical landscape photography, Comte effectively alternates close-up and partial details with occasional panoramic views and abstract, vaguely suggestive structures and ambiances to expose the unpredictable, moody nature of these landscapes.
Published by Damiani/Milk. Text by Michel Comte. Interview by Bobby Woods.
For more than 35 years, photographer Michel Comte (born 1954) has been one of the most in-demand editorial and fashion photographers in the world. Since 2006, he has worked almost exclusively with Milk Studios on photography and film projects. With the advantage of a base of operations at the Milk Studios in New York City and Los Angeles, Comte has found the freedom to work outside of and transcend the limitations of the traditional "fashion photographer" role, working in fashion, portraiture, reportage and now motion pictures. "Whether Michel has a Hollywood celebrity or an orphan from the Third World in front of his lens," said Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of the New Yorker, "he takes both their pictures with the same sincerity and devotion." Published on the occasion of the 20-year anniversary of Milk Studios, this deluxe clothbound volume was designed by creative director Mike Meiré, whose own 25-year career working at the nexus of culture and design is the stuff of legend. Featuring images from Comte’s legendary archive, including previously unpublished behind-the-scenes imagery and film stills, Michel Comte and Milk: A Collaboration 1996–2016 is a celebration of passion, storytelling and the creative process.
Published by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Maurizio Vanni, Alessandro Luigi Perna, Enrico Stefanelli.
Michel Comte (born 1954) is one of the most sought-after fashion and magazine photographers in the world. In 1979, Comte received his first international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the Chloé fashion house. His work has since been featured on the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and Interview. Not Only Women focuses on the photographer's portraits of women from the worlds of cinema, fashion, theater, music and art. Comte has photographed some of the most beautiful and beloved women of our time including Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Carla Bruni, Giselle Bündchen, Louise Bourgeois, Sophia Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Isabella Rossellini, Sharon Stone, Sophia Loren, Sandra Bernhard, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. Through 60 color plates, Michel Comte: Not Only Women, Feminine Icons of Our Time explores how Comte's work expands the categories of portraiture and glamour photography, transforming his subjects into icons.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9 x 11 in. / 72 pgs / 60 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2011 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 100
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788836618750TRADE List Price: $28.00 CDN $32.50