Gilles Bensimon born 1944 in Vic - sur - Cère, France

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Gilles Bensimon - Christy in the Hills, 1995
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Photographs
October 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 6.300 USD
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Gilles Bensimon - The Valley, Los Angeles, 2006
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Photographies
May 2022
Christies, Paris
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Gilles Bensimon - Elle and Friends Number 3
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Photographs
May 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3.500 - 5.500 GBP
Realised: 12.600 GBP
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Gilles Bensimon - Christy Turlington and Friends
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Photographs
May 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3.500 - 5.500 GBP
Realised: 4.788 GBP
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Gilles Bensimon - Flowers in Water, n°2242
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Photographies
November 2021
Christies, Paris
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Gilles Bensimon - \'Elle and Friends 2\', 1987
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Photographs
November 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 3.500 - 5.500 GBP
Realised: 6.930 GBP
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Gilles Bensimon - Charlize Crying, 2001
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Photographs
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 5.000 USD
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Gilles Bensimon - Flower in Water, 7931, 2012
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Photographs
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 USD
Realised: 8.750 USD
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Gilles Bensimon - Flowers in Water, n°25, 84
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Photographies
June 2021
Christies, Paris
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 7.500 EUR
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Gilles Bensimon - Audrey Hepburn, 1988
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Photographies
June 2021
Christies, Paris
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 EUR
Realised: 6.875 EUR
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Gilles Bensimon - Gisèle Bündchen, Brazil, 2000
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Photographies
November 2020
Christies, Paris
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 EUR
Realised: 8.125 EUR
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Gilles Bensimon - Flower in Water, 6394, 2012
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Photographies
November 2020
Christies, Paris
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 7.500 EUR
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The artist Gilles Bensimon

  • French fashion photographer.
  • Contributed to the success of Elle magazine as creative director.
  • Participated as a photographer in America's Next Top Model.

Gilles Francis Charles Bensimon was born on February 29, 1944 in Vic-sur-Cère in the south of France. Due to a severe reading and spelling disability, his mother advised him to prefer expressing himself artistically − just as his artistic family had already shown him. Bensimon bought a camera and took photographs of his brother. His father, however, considered the medium vulgar, so he did not support Bensimon's desire to become a photographer.

Bensimon moved to New York in the late 1960s and initially worked in advertising and for numerous newspapers. Since Bensimon was already working for the French Elle as a draftsman and photographer, he managed to participate in the development of the American edition in the USA. A large number of famous models were to stand in front of the camera for Bensimon in the following decades.

As International Creative Director of Elle, Bensimon succeeded in playing a decisive role in shaping the magazine's success and reputation. Under his creative leadership, the magazine reached the 20-million-readership mark worldwide. The star photographer has been married three times, including to models Elle Macpherson and Kelly Killoren, and has a total of three children.

In addition to fashion photography, Bensimon also created the Flowers in Water series between 2011 and 2013, in which he photographed colorful flowers and bouquets underwater. The flowers blur, moving between abstraction and representation, giving the appearance of an impressionist painting.

Der Künstler Gilles Bensimon

  • Französischer Modefotograf.
  • Hatte als Creative Director Anteil am Erfolg des Magazins Elle.
  • Wirkte als Fotograf bei America’s Next Top Model mit.

Gilles Francis Charles Bensimon wurde am 29. Februar 1944 im südfranzösischen Vic-sur-Cère geboren. Aufgrund einer schweren Lese- und Rechtschreibschwäche riet ihm seine Mutter, sich lieber künstlerisch auszudrücken – so, wie es ihm seine Künstlerfamilie bereits vormachte. Bensimon kaufte sich eine Kamera und fertigte Fotografien von seinem Bruder. Der Vater betrachtete das Medium allerdings als vulgär, weshalb er Bensimons Wunsch, Fotograf zu werden, nicht unterstützte.

Bensimon zog Ende der 1960er nach New York und arbeitete zunächst in der Werbebranche sowie für zahlreiche Zeitungen. Da Bensimon bereits für die französische Elle als Zeichner und Fotograf tätig war, gelang es ihm in den USA, an der Entwicklung der amerikanischen Ausgabe mitzuwirken. Eine Vielzahl berühmter Models sollte in den folgenden Jahrzehnten für Bensimon vor der Kamera stehen.

Als International Creative Director der Elle gelang es Bensimon, Erfolg und Ruf des Magazins entscheidend mitzugestalten. Unter seiner kreativen Führung erreichte die Illustrierte die weltweite 20-Millionen-Leser-Marke. Der Star-Fotograf war dreimal verheiratet, unter anderem mit den Models Elle Macpherson und Kelly Killoren, und hat insgesamt drei Kinder.

Neben der Modefotografie schuf Bensimon zwischen 2011 und 2013 auch die Serie Flowers in Water, bei der er bunte Blumen und Blumensträuße unter Wasser fotografierte. Die Blumen verschwimmen, bewegen sich zwischen Abstraktion und Repräsentation und geben den Anschein eines impressionistischen Gemäldes.

Gilles Bensimon in a nutshell

Bensimon achieved the highest price to date (2023) with the photograph Elle and Friends Number 3 in May 2022: the highest bid of 12,600 GBP fell at the auction house Sotheby's in London. However, most of the works rank between 4,800 GBP (5,444 EUR, 5,750 USD) and 8,750 USD (7,300 GBP, 8,280 EUR).

World-renowned photographer Gilles Bensimon has a penchant for the human form. Portraits and fashion photography dominate his oevre. He conducted real character studies in black and white and color and even staged real celebrities from fashion, sports and film – including, for example, Audrey Hepburn, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, Hugh Grant or Calvin Klein.

Häufige Fragen zu Gilles Bensimon

Den bisher (2023) höchsten Preis erzielte Bensimon mit der Fotografie Elle and Friends Number 3 im Mai 2022: Das Höchstgebot von 12.600 GBP fiel im Auktionshaus Sotheby's in London. Die meisten Werke rangieren jedoch zwischen 4.800 GBP (5.444 EUR, 5.750 USD) und 8.750 USD (7.300 GBP, 8.280 EUR).

Der weltberühmte Fotograf Gilles Bensimon hat eine Vorliebe für die menschliche Gestalt. Porträts und Modefotografie dominieren sein Œuvre. Er führte regelrechte Charakterstudien in Schwarzweiß und Farbe durch und setzte sogar echte Berühmtheiten aus Mode, Sport und Film in Szene – darunter etwa Audrey Hepburn, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, Hugh Grant oder Calvin Klein.

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