Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture.
For the past four decades, she has created iconic and intimate photographs of our most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals.
Lacombe has been a contributor to Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, Conde Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine, among many others.
Her work has been exhibited by PHILLIPS Galleries in New York, Paris, and London, the Shanghai Center of Photography in China, Sotheby’s Galleries in London, and Qatar Museums in Doha.
Two monographs of Lacombe’s work have been published:
“Lacombe anima | persona”, a retrospective book of photographs from 1975-2008, published in 2009 by Steidl/Dangin, with an essay by Frank Rich.
"Lacombe cinema | theater", published in 2001 by Schirmer/Mosel with essays by David Mamet and Adam Gopnik.
She is currently at work on her third book, a visual memoir.
Lacombe received The Eisenstaedt Award for Travel Photography in 2000, The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010, The Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Travel & Portraiture in 2012.
She has photographed advertising campaigns for Dior, Prada, Rolex, Armani, Hermes, and Lancome.
Lacombe has worked as a special photographer on the film-sets of many directors including Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, Bennett Miller, Lynne Ramsay, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Sofia Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, and Michael Haneke.
She is often is asked to photograph major theater productions. In 1983, Lacombe documented David Mamet’s original production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" at The Goodman Theater in Chicago. In 1985, Lacombe became the first and only staff photographer for Lincoln Center Theater in NY for 7 years. Lacombe works on several new Broadway plays each year.
She lives in New York City.
Interviews with Brigitte Lacombe can be viewed on the Charlie Rose Show at: