Richard Benson North South East West
Richard Benson
North South East West 19 April - 27 July 2013

Jackson Fine Art is honored to bring to Atlanta two of the most distinguished and influential photographers working today, Emmet Gowin and Richard Benson. Gowin (a professor at Princeton from 1973-2010) and Benson (a professor at Yale from 1979- 2011) have both taught and cultivated many of the leading contemporary artists and photographers working today. 

 Richard Benson has spent his life exploring landscapes of America. First with an 8 x 10 view camera producing prints in silver gelatin, as well as platinum, and in recent years with the tremendous advances in technology, Benson has embraced digital in both the camera and the print. With a unique printing process using multiple impressions from an ink jet printer, Benson has mastered the color print creating a deeply saturated pigment that has become a signature for his American landscape work. Benson began working with photography in 1966 when he took a job as a printer. In 1986, he received a five-year MacArthur Foundation grant and revolutionized photography and book printers. Prior to the advances in photography publications, leading institutions such as the Met, MoMA, and The National Gallery would turn to Benson for advice in printing catalogs and books for exhibitions. Bensonʼs reputation and talent “in the field of reproducing photography as an art … was considered to be in a class by itself.” As far as his own work as a photographer and artist, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States documenting the American vernacular utilizing a similar approach to Walker Evans and William Christenberry. His photographs are printed using an ink jet printer designed to print a single image in layers. The first layer is the entire picture printed lighter. The second layer is a repeat of the first with all neutral values removed. For the third and final layer, all color is removed and only the neutral values are printed. Peter Galassi writes, "As a printer, Benson discovered that the challenge of translating a seamless photographic image into tiny dots of ink on paper was fundamentally a matter of taking the image apart and putting it back together again. … What matters is that the fine distinctions of Benson's photographs evoke the infinitely small variations and complexities of phenomenal reality. His pictures look the way the world feels."

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