1156 Chapel Street, POB 208339
New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
Richard Benson, Photographer
Mr. Benson has spent his working life as a photographer, printer, and teacher. He has photographed extensively throughout the United States, first as a view camera photographer with an 8×10-inch camera and presently with a handheld high-end digital camera. His current photographic work is in color, printed with an ink-jet printer in multiple impressions. His photographs in platinum, silver, ink, and ink jet are in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as the Yale University Art Gallery. His work as a printer involved research into traditional photographic printing processes as well as developmental work for photo-offset reproductions of black-and-white photographs. He has made the separation negatives for and overseen the printing of many books, among them works by Lee Friedlander, EugĂ¨ne Atget, and Paul Strand. He made the film separations and also printed the plates for Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company, published by the White Oak Press in 1985. In 1973 Mr. Benson co-authored Lay This Laurel (Eakins Press) with Lincoln Kirstein and in 1997 co-authored A Maritime Album (The Marinersâ?? Museum, Newport News, Virginia) with John Szarkowski. In 2001 he authored A Yale Album (Yale University Press) and in 2008 The Printed Picture (Museum of Modern Art). His work as a photographer and printer has been supported by the Eakins Press Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. From 1996 to 2006 he was dean of the Yale School of Art, where he has taught since 1979. He is presently a professor (adjunct) of photography.
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