"Letting someone take your picture involves a degree of trust and confidence that I don't have," the late portrait photography professional Kate Barry said. You may not know her name, but even though she is no longer with us, Barry is still adored in the worlds of fashion, music, and film. The British-born artist photographed popular celebrities for Vogue, Elle, Paris Match, Le Figaro Madame, and other well-established publishers, and her distinct black and white photo style made her portraits look sexy and real.

Kate Barry grew up in a family surrounded by mystique and fame. They belonged to the bourgeois–bohème socialite crowd of Paris's modern-day aristocracy, but she - unlike those around her - placed herself behind the camera rather than in front of it. "It was something miraculous for me, the image appeared almost immediately. For a long time, I didn't realize that photography was a profession, it was always just a game."

The artist claimed that photography art is all about capturing what others don't see. "One of my <..> photography friends always talks about 'making' a photo not 'taking' one – more applicable to him as he uses film and a darkroom, but still – it is about taking what's there and creating a stunning picture from it."

Depression and addiction were common in her circles. "For a long time, my camera was a defense against the melancholy I felt." Unfortunately, these demons eventually got to her. Kate Barry jumped from the balcony of her Parisian apartment in 2013. Scroll down to see the world through Kate's lens and appreciate her legacy, the beautiful photos of famous people that she took.

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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

A cup of tea before going to Narnia?

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Rama Llama
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3 years ago

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Those sheets must smell like crap.

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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

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Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

Love her!

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

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Pickle
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3 years ago

Reminds me of me, comfortably clinging to my prison bunk, thigh gap whistling in the breeze....

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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

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Samantha Bing
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3 years ago

So beautiful and vulnerable

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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

What a cool technique!

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Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

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Cliff Isaacs
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3 years ago

How come everyone used to smoke, all the time?

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Elsa Zylberstein

Elsa Zylberstein

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Lisa Greene
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3 years ago

Her neck!

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Emmanuelle Béart

Emmanuelle Béart

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Kiahna
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3 years ago

Stunning.

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Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou

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MysticalMan
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3 years ago

My favorite.

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Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

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Laeticia Casta

Laeticia Casta

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Vicky Stardust
Community Member
3 years ago

She used to be such a huge hit! Where is she now?

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Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

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Alexandra Guglielmi
Community Member
3 years ago

Her mother.

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Isabelle Huppert And Emmanuelle Béart

Isabelle Huppert And Emmanuelle Béart

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

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David Ross
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3 years ago

Classic beauty.

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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

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Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

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Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau

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Rabbitt209
Community Member
3 years ago

One of the lovely Bond girls! Beautiful.

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

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Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci

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Amira Casar

Amira Casar

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Kiahna
Community Member
3 years ago

Simply stunning.

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Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

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Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

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Kjorn
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3 years ago

so in love with her!!!!

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

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Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino

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Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau

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Rabbitt209
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the gown!!

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Chiara Mastroiani

Chiara Mastroiani

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Laetitia Casta

Laetitia Casta

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Alextrónica
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3 years ago

Look at that nipple <3

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

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MysticalMan
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3 years ago

After the dance.

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Béatrice Dalle

Béatrice Dalle

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Chiara Mastroianni

Chiara Mastroianni

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Caterina Murano

Caterina Murano

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MysticalMan
Community Member
3 years ago

Form and function.

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Jane Birkin And Lou Doillon

Jane Birkin And Lou Doillon

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Alexandra Guglielmi
Community Member
3 years ago

Her mother and her youngest sister.

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

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Ludivine Sagnier

Ludivine Sagnier

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France Gall

France Gall

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