The story behind Michel Haddi's powerful portraits of glamorous women

Michel Haddi / 29 Arts In Progress
Kate Moss for GQ, New York, 1991. (Image credit: Michel Haddi / 29 Arts In Progress)

My images are all about women: strong women, their attitude, their beauty and the story they have to tell, what they represent in our society, and the empowerment of their own self-respect. Without them I would never have become the man I am; women taught me respect.

When the gallery 29 Arts In Progress looked at my work, they saw something that even I didn’t see; there is a continuity in my work and I was blind to it. What they saw was, perhaps, reflected in the adoration I have for women, and I suppose they saw the quintessential focal point of my work.

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Michel Haddi

Having worked for more than 30 years as one of the leading photographers in fashion, MICHEL HADDI, born in France had an exciting career. MICHEL HADDI's editorial collaborations include the most important magazines in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Italian Vogue, Italian Glamour, Uomo Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Homme, British Vogue, Mademoiselle, Tatler, GQ, Allure, Vanity Fair, The Face, Arena, Interview, Details, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Elle, Premiere, Stern, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire Germany are among them.MICHEL HADDI has photographed advertising campaigns for Armani, Yves Saint-Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Lancetti, Replay, Lee Jeans, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Guerlain, Rochas, Milano Fontana1915 and many others. While living in the USA, he met and photographed many high profile celebrities, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, David Bowie, Uma Thurman, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Diaz, Faye Dunaway, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Angelina Jolie, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and many others. MICHEL HADDI photographer and film director, manages also a publishing house, MHS publishing, based in London, which publishes his own books: Acid in Wonderland, Surf and Turf in Tahiti, Paris: Dream on Baby, Berlin: The Beat Goes On, Rio: Boum Boum on the Beach, Made in USA, I love America Don’t You, Blue A Whipping, Delight, JP Gaultier Happy Birthday, Glamour Puss, 1001nights, Milano Centrale and the Fighter’s song. MICHEL HADDI is currently based in London.