Born in Paris, France, and coming from a long line of famous, prominent artists and art dealers, Gilles Bensimon‘s passion for art is in his blood. He joined French Elle in 1967 and two years later helped launch American Elle, becoming International Creative Director and Head Photographer of the magazine until 2009. Bensimon’s vision reached 20 million readers worldwide.
He is well known as a celebrity photographer. He has been accomplished in the fashion world for nearly three decades. Gilles’ extensive portfolio consists of models and celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Keira Knightly, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, and the list goes on. His lengthy list of commercial clients range from Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren to Maybelline and Clarins, etc.
Gilles is a great lover of life who admires both the sun and the darkroom. His photographs don’t need words, for they are done with a specific pleasure and delicacy, they exude lengths of stories in the eyes and detail of all of their components.