« I could never explain how much I love him. My love cannot be counted, and yet, one thing I know for sure is that it’s far too big not to be experienced forever. » Noah, 17 May 2022

Chimères is the intimate and autobiographical story of the couple Noah Ambiehl and Mathis Benestebe, two photographers. Through their images, we discover the loved one through the gaze of the other, while the singularity of their story comes to light. Here, love bears witness to their individual statements, along with the experience of gender transition, like a plinth and force, each and every day. Oscillating between brutality and tenderness, their instinctive approach explores the ambivalent feelings of their experience. This photographic work, carried out over a year, roots their story in reality, far from collective fantasies, and makes it possible for the two artists to feel its truth.

About the artist

Born in Saint-Nazaire, Mathis Benestebe is a 20-year-old photographer, living and studying in Toulouse. Currently in his third year of further photographic studies at the ETPA, he focuses on new documentary methods. Through his photography, he wishes to testify to the importance of memory in identity building.

Born and living in Toulouse, Noah Ambiehl is a 20-year-old self-taught photographer. With his work, he develops an intimate vision of photography and aims for a sensitive documentary approach. Alongside his photography practice, he studies sociology at the Université Jean Jaurès.