Düsseldorf is playing host to a retrospective of famed photographer Michel Comte works, specifically about 300 photographs including portraits of fashion celebrities, landscapes and motor sports. Born in Zurich in 1954, Comte received in 1979 his first advertising commission from Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion label Chloé and moved to Paris. In 1981 he moved to New York and Los Angeles for his work with American Vogue. Within a few years, Comte went from being a unknown photographer to the most wanted man in the business. He has since worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue and shot portraits of celebrities from the world of art, music and entertainment including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Mike Tyson, Carla Bruni and Michael Schumacher. The current exhibition shows all these celebrities portraits as well as a documentary on Comte, who also worked for the Red Cross and his own Water Foundation. Comte has even travelled through the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia or the Sudan, which are documented in this exhibition. “Michel Comte,” through May 10 in Düsseldorf at the NRW Forum, moves to Zurich later this summer and will run from Aug. 28 - Jan. 3, 2010.