Lou Benjamin The Sequel

Photographer Male Beacon, New York, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/LouBenjamin2
Mayhem # 535000

About Me


"We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.'"
- David Mamet

Photographer, Author, Educator.
I don't shoot pictures, I make images. I like that the word "image" comes from the same root as "imagination." I'm interested in making compelling images of people that are about narratives or symbolic ideas.

My artwork is based in visual storytelling, semiotics, geometry, and playing with notions of "the nude." Being both visual and verbal, a lot of my work either starts or ends up connected with a linguistic or poetic idea. Not all of my art photography involving people is based in working with the nude, but a lot is.

In all of my work, I believe it's not about "posing," but about performance and interacting with the viewer.  You can be yourself, or you can be a completely fabricated character; It doesn't matter as long as that persona comes alive for the camera and comes across in the final image. It's not a requirement, but it would be great if you have acting, dance, yoga, or art modeling in your background. I'd really love to work with a Butoh dancer.

*Ehem* Nothing you see in these portfolios is a "capture." Cameras, computers, droids, and Cylons can see captures. By the time it's a recognizable to we humans as an image, it's not a capture anymore; and that's even before we start talking about working any of the nuances of the image...

My other MM portfolio | LouBenjamin.com | Interview: Art in b&w and color


Published Photographic Work

• International Center of Photography
• Skope Magazine
• Jake Stigers
• Brother Hijinx
• First Act Guitars

Published Books

The Naked and the Lens
A guide to art nude photography from concept to post-production. Published by Focal Press, available at Amazon and in book stores in the US and overseas.
+ (Also available in Czech language edition: Velká kniha fotografování aktů)

    From: bestphotographybooks.com
    Subject: Listed #1 among the Best Photography Books
    Date: April 26, 2010 4:46:50 AM EDT

Hi Louis,

I've listed your fantastic book in the Nude & Erotic section of BestPhotographyBooks.com. You do a really great job, very inspiring.

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Selected Exhibitions

Galleria Royael, Local Group 30
Marion Royael Gallery, Beacon, NY

"East vs. West"
Pinnacle Design Center Gallery, San Gabriel, CA

"Top of the Heap"
Pinnacle Design Center Gallery, San Gabriel, CA

"Identity Formed & Transformed" (juried exhibition)
St. Joseph's University Gallery, Brooklyn

"BrooklyNature" (juried exhibition)
St. Joseph's University Gallery, Brooklyn

"Urban Poetry"
Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn

SVA Summer Residency Open Studios
SVA Gallery, New York City

"Show Us the Light" (juried exhibition) - Finalist
Positive Focus, GalleryThe, Brooklyn

SONYA Group show
Robert Lehman Gallery at Urban Glass, Brooklyn

"Urban Glimmer" (solo show)
200 5th Ave Gallery, Brooklyn


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