By his early 20's, Benoit Malphettes, the French-born American photographer (b.1946) had already seen his fashion images appear in French Vogue. As his career brought him to New York and Los Angeles, he decided in 1977 to make the U.S. his permanent home. Benoit's strong signature style and his mastery of the large format camera quickly gained international recognition, with his work published in American Vogue, Bazaar, W, Essence and others.
In 2006, after decades of a demanding fashion photographic schedule, Benoit felt the need to leave the hectic life of Los Angeles and NY and move to a more contemplative environment, which he found near the California desert. At a time of life where some of us seek to spend their years in leisure, Benoit saw it as an opportunity of transformation to a period of vibrant and engaged creativity.
His still lifes and landscapes are composed from a provocative and intimate point of view, depicting an unusual awareness that would characterize his unique new take on reality.
His latest collection Open to Interpretation illustrates this concept and, in fact, invites viewers to follow the title 's direction literally: supply their own explanations of the pieces.
Benoit's photography is represented in private collections, public institutions and several museums. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions and group shows in Museums and was included in NY's MoMa exhibit "Is Fashion Modern".
Bio of Benoit Malphettes