Glamour Girls; STARS TRUST TOP PHOTOGRAPHER TO CAPTURE AMAZING STYLE Patrick McMullan Reveals Inside Story of His Life Spent Snapping World's Most Famous Women
Byline: By Annie Brown
ANDY Warhol once said: "If you don't know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more!"
And it's thanks to his late friend Warhol that, in a career spanning more than 30 years, Patrick and his camera have been welcomed into the inner sanctum of the glitteratti. The hottest ticket in town is to the party where Patrick is taking your picture.
As one New York commentator put it: "If Patrick doesn't take your picture, you're over."
And the stars know it. The 52-year-old laughs at the prospect of such power and refuses to let it turn his head, saying: "I have been around a long time and I know a lot of people but no-one takes their job less seriously than me."
Patrick's selfdeprecation is part of the charm that has Julia Roberts throwing her arm around him at parties and why elusive invites to Elton John's soirees drop through his letterbox.
His new book Glamour Girls gives an insight into the magical social swirl that is his life. The women in the book have that dazzle, that allure that is glamour.
He said: "Glamour and beauty are two different things.
You don't have to be beautiful to be glamorous. Glamour is about taking the time and making the effort, even if it is to run to the corner shop.
"The type of women who live a glamorous life are in this book." Patrick is no paparazzi, he only goes to events he is invited to and always asks before he takes a shot.
He said: "My book is not a gotcha moment. It is women posing, happy and looking as good as they can. I don't see the need in taking a picture they are not looking their best in."
He maintains that glamour is a lot about accoutrements. The perfect example is Victoria Beckham. He said: "She is a real glamour girl. Women aspire to be like her because she is a great icon of style. I have a picture of her in a rush. I shouted: 'Victoria!'
She turned round. It is a cute photograph of her just looking back. I like her, she's a lot of fun."
Another of his favourites is Angelina Jolie.
"She is bringing glamour to a whole different level with her good works. She is really trying to make a difference. With Brad they are like old Hollywood royalty."
The young Patrick had been part of the in crowd at the famous Studio 54 and was friends with Warhol. But in his twenties he contracted testicular cancer and was laid up in hospital. It was a near-death moment that opened the door to a whole new life.
To ease his boredom he took pictures of his visitors and the medical staff and he fell in love with photography.
When he recovered Warhol recruited him to photograph the party circuit for Interview magazine. When McMullan found he couldn't do it with the camera he had because it was too large to get past celebrity-minders, Warhol obliged by buying him a discreet little camera.
After his health scare Patrick was desperate to immerse himself in life. He said: "I think because I nearly died, I just thought I want to see and do as much as I can. I wanted to party."
Not that his job doesn't have his downside - he once joked that it was more dangerous than war photography.
He says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore, although P Diddy might disagree. He said: "Patrick is the only photographer who can down five tequilas, party with us, and still take a great photo - in focus, no less. …