Last year, wearing a gorgeous royal blue Tracy Reese dress, First Lady Michelle Obama graced the May cover of EBONY Magazine shot by Haitian photographer Marc Baptiste. In the issue Mrs. Obama chats about raising daughters Sasha, 13, and Malia, 10, the president and so much more. Read More Here.
MARC BAPTISTE was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti. At age nine, he moved with his family to Brooklyn, NY. His love for creating images began very early, and he started his formal education in photography in high school. His first camera was a gift from his Godmother; he quickly began to capture the beauty in unexpected places.
Marc received a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising at NY Technical College, and immediately began his photography career by shooting the collections in Paris and NY for various magazines. This access to the frenzied pace and immediacy of the inside world of fashion set the tone for his style and flair.
Marc’s work has been published in Cosmopolitan US, British Cosmo, British Elle, American Elle, Esquire, German Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Spanish Harpers Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.
Marc is a Hollywood and music world favorite: his star-studded client list is full of popular personalities and trend-setters, including Ashlee Simpson, Colin Farrell, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Chloe Sevigny, Eve, Beyonce, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Yoko Ono, Sheryl Crow, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendez, Drew Barrymore, and many others.
Marc has released three books celebrating the female form: Beautiful – Nudes by Marc Baptiste, in 2001, followed by Intimate in 2003, and Innocent, in 2006. His first solo exhibition accompanied the publication of Intimate, and was held at the Dactyl Gallery in New York.
Marc’s love for Haiti influences all of his work, and his commitment to the re- building of his birthplace prompted his partnership with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen to curate the silent auction “The Truth” which takes place on the 1 year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Marc resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughters.
Below are a few more images of his work.