Face it. There’s something captivating and slightly dizzying about a fierce woman: she is beautiful, bold, strong (and occasionally roars). When you are a fashion photographer, capturing natural grace, poetry and inner beauty is not only a vogue vocation but a pixilated love letter to all women everywhere.
Gilles Bensimon teeters on savant as one of the greatest French fashion photographers in the world and he worships women. As the former International Creative Director of Elle magazine, his camera has adored some extremely famous faces: Scarlett Johansson, Tina Turner, Cindy Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, and Beyoncé.
Those iconic facades and many more are currently on display at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower as part of “Elles” By Gilles Bensimon, a touring exhibit of nearly 30 years in the making. Guests will enjoy 25 of Bensimon’s dazzling celluloids, many which have never been seen by the public, and a rare peek at the legend behind the lens.
“I like to take my pictures fast. Fly-on-the-wall! As if [I'm] not working,” comments Bensimon. “I am a feminist. Everything good in my life has come from women. I love them.”
“Elles” By Gilles Bensimon runs thru September 25, 2013. Free. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois.