Shooting photographs for over six decades, artist Peter Sorel’s work is unparalelled. Starting his career in the film industry, Mr. Sorel spent time on movie sets documenting and creating extraordinary poster images for over 100 films, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (his favorite film), Frida and The Blues Brothers. Speaking of The Blues Brothers, Mr. Sorel says John Belushi was one of his favorite actors to photograph (along with Emma Thompson).
On who inspired the photographer throughout his career, Ms. Sorel responds, “Several photographers including Bill Brandt [British], Irving Penn [American], Harry Calahan [Chicagoan], Koudelka [Czech] Sally Mann [American], Andre Kertesz [Hungarian] and of course the great surrealist Rene Magritte.”
Mr. Sorel’s exhibit at Hilton|Asmus Contemporary (716 North Wells) is on display from February 20 until April 12. (gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.). Showcasing more than 30 photographs, the exhibition includes surreal nudes, abstracted landscapes and psychedelic images of architecture, along with photographs of Hollywood stars Orson Welles, Annette Bening, Selma Hayek and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. A handful of photographs from the “Lake/Sky: An Homage to Mark Rothko” series will also be displayed. This Lake Michigan series was shot from Mr. Sorel’s Streeterville balcony between 2011-2014.
When asked why he moved to Chicago, Mr. Sorel shares,“I am fascinated by all kinds of photographic expression. Though I have made a career shooting images for the cinema, I am happy to further explore my passion for photography by exhibiting a variety of work in Chicago. I find Chicago to be the best biggest city in the U.S.”