Open This Evening: VV Museum Impressions of Blue Cut Fire

By: Simone Graham – Editor: Please join the Victor Valley Museum at the opening reception tonight starting at 5:30 for Benoit Malphettes photographic essay, Impressions of Blue Cut Ruins / Renewal.

In August of 2016, the Blue Cut Fire tore its way through the Cajon Pass. Over the course of eight days, it burned over 37,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings in its path. Although the destruction left by the fire created a desolate setting, esteemed photographer Benoit Malphettes and his wife and business partner Katherine became interested in the resulting landscape. The images they captured, while filled with devastation and loss, also revealed nature’s ability to renew.

Nearly two years later, Impressions of Blue Cut, Ruins / Renewal features Benoit Malphettes’ works focusing on the ruins that the fire left behind and the renewal that followed.

An internationally recognized photographer, Benoit Malphettes was born in France and by his early 20’s was shooting for French Vogue before moving to the U.S. in 1977. He quickly gained recognition for his work published in French and American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Glamour, Bride, Essence, and more. It was during that time that he met Kathy Bishop, the creative director in charge of Robinson’s department stores. The two collaborated on award-winning campaigns and Malphettes created commissioned portraits with large format cameras. He and wife Kathy now live in Riverside.

Location: Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308.

Reception tickets available at the door: Museum Members free; $5 (adult), $4 (senior/military), $2.50 student/child under 5 free. Museums for All program participants with EBT Card: $1 (pay at door only available).

For more information contact Ashley Lothyan, 760.240.2111 or

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