Michel Comte was born 1954 in Zurich. Trained as an art restorer, Comte is a self-taught photographer. He was hired by Karl Lagerfeld in 1979 to shoot advertisements for the fashion house Chloé and soon after became one of the most sought-after fashion and magazine photographers in the world. In addition to portrait and fashion photography, Comte has also increasingly moved towards photo-reportage and documentary. He has traveled on assignment for the international Red Cross and his own Michel Comte Water Foundation in war zones and unstable areas including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sudan, and Cambodia.