Hicham Benohoud, 'La Salle de Classe No.II (from the series La Salle de Classe)', 2001, Photograph, edition of 3 + 2 A. P, 50 x 40 cm, Courtesy of Selma Feriani Gallery
Hicham Benohoud, 'La Salle de Classe No.II (from the series La Salle de Classe)', 2001, Photograph, edition of 3 + 2 A. P, 50 x 40 cm, Courtesy of Selma Feriani Gallery 

In 2003, Benohoud completed his training at the Superior School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. In 2005, he taught photography at the Fresnoy, National School of Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing in France. His series La Salle de Class is a product of a collaboration with his students during his tenure as a visual arts instructor in Marrakech. For each image, Benohoud would ask one of his pupils to interrupt their work at a random moment and strike unorthodox pose using only the props present in the classroom. The result is a series of remarkable photo portraits in which the pupils were forced to find a new demeanour in relation to their instructor. The surrealistic character of the portraits is strengthened by the fact that while the photos were being made, the rest of the class had to continue with their work.

Since 1998, Benohoud has exhibited at institutions such as the Pompidou Centre; the Grand Palace; the Museum of Decorative Arts; and the Palais de Tokyo — all in Paris, France. He is the winner of Photo Service in Arles and Price ‘Visa for Creation,’ awarded by Cultureles France.