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March 21, 2013

A Gilles Bensimon Photo Exhibit at the Sofitel

By Chadner Navarro | Arts + Culture

Kate Winslet photo by Gilles Bensimon
Photo © Gilles Bensimon

Sofitel New York continues to amp up its artsy presence with yet another on-site photography exhibition, this one following last fall’s Brigitte Bardot­–themed display. The newest offering, on display in the lobby through April, is a partnership with renowned fashion and celebrity shutterbug (and former international creative director of Elle magazine) Gilles Bensimon.

Titled “Elles,” the photo showcase features some of Bensimon’s most iconic pictorials, with 25 of the world’s most celebrated women from art and entertainment, including Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford and Audrey Hepburn. “It was difficult to pick only 25,” Bensimon explains. “But I tried to choose a series of women that reflected a range of personality, age, style and attitude. I think that visitors to the hotel will respond to the photographs and will understand the unique beauty of each of my subjects.”

The works in the show, which have never been exhibited in the United States, continues its run after Manhattan, making stops at Sofitel satellites across the country, including Washington, D.C. (May through June), Chicago (July through September) and Los Angeles (October through the end of the year). 45 W. 44th St.; 212-354-8844; sofitel.com.