By his early 20's Benoit Malphettes, the French-born photographer (b.1946), already had his fashion images appear in French Vogue. As his career brought him to New York and Los Angeles, in 1977 he decided to make the U.S. his permanent home and became a citizen. His strong signature style and his mastery of the large format camera quickly gained international recognition, with his work published in American & French Vogue, Bazaar, W, Essence and others..
In 2005 Benoit had decided to leave the commercial part of his photography to devote himself to his personal work, allowing him to leave the hectic life of Los Angeles and NY and find an inspiring environment near the California desert. His still lifes and landscapes are composed from a provocative point of view and with an unusual awareness that would characterize his unique take on reality.
His latest collection Open to Interpretation illustrate this concept and, in fact, invites viewers to follow the title 's direction literally: supply their own explanations of the pieces.
His 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