Peter Sorel: ‘Hollywood to Chicago’

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.”


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.