French photographer Brigitte Lacombe left school to be an apprentice at the black and white lab of Elle in Paris. In 1975, at the Cannes Film Festival, while on assignment for French Elle, she met Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. They each respectively invited her to the film sets of “Fellini’s Casanova,” shot at Cinécitta, and Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men,” shot in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She then worked on Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” shot in Mobile, Alabama.
Brigitte works on the films of Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Michael Haneke, David Mamet, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, and other directors. Since 2009 Lacombe has been creating I AM FILM, an on going archive of portraits of filmmakers from the world of Arab Cinema for Doha Film Institute and Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, W, WSJ magazine, Nowness, and many other publications. She has been a contributing photographer to Condé Nast’s Traveler magazine, since their first issue in 1987.
In 2010, Brigitte received the “Art Director’s Club” Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award for Photography.