“IF I MUST” Pictorial Exhibit by Boswell Hardwick – Lisa Benedict (FGI Detroit)

“IF I MUST” is a photo exhibit by photographer Boswell Hardwick. Boswell teamed with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus-Somerset Collection to not only show case his iconic photos of Paris but to let Neiman’s juxtapose the photographs with models showing the latest in Parisian couture.


Introduction – Boswell Hardwick: “The images are from archives that go back about 6 years – I have been printing and selling my Parisian images to a couple interior designers and collectors for about 2 years. I met the owners of Robert Kidd Gallery at an artist reception right after returning from a trip to Paris last spring where I did a shoot for designers Majesty Black. I showed them some of the images on my phone. They were pretty excited and after a couple more meetings we decided to partner to do an exhibition at their Gallery in Birmingham.


I have a long relationship with Neiman Marcus so I reached out to them to see if we could do something together. They were very excited so the second exhibition was born in a 6 week span. It is so great to have the support of a luxury retailer and a solid gallery. My favorite thing about the Paris images is the gritty realness and the modernity – I will not shy away from cars, people or construction. I have an image of the Louvre and you can see the vapor trails in the sky – that gives it away as a modern moment – otherwise the image could have been captured 150 years ago- I also work with window reflections, the amount of detail and depth one can achieve is pretty incredible.”



Author: Lisa Benedict (FGI Detroit – Associate Member)

Lisa is a Detroit native and a freelance writer who pens the blog, “Big Girl On A Budget” –biggirlbudget.blogspot.com. Lisa is also the lead blogger for The Styling Closet (thestylingcloset.com)
An MSU alum Lisa has a degree in English and has been published in the Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press, USA Today, InStyle, Glamour and Elegant Plus. Having been introduced to fashion by her grandmother, Lisa grew up going to fashion shows and later walking local runways as a plus size model.


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