Accessibility at Yale This website exists as an ongoing collaborative experiment in digital publishing and information sharing. ); Sheet: 50.4 × 40.5 cm (19 13/16 × 15 15/16in.). Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Benson began teaching photography at Yale University in 1979 and was dean of the Yale School of Art from 1996 to 2006. Benson was awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. Nick Benson was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010, making the Bensons one of two families with multiple MacArthur fellows.[6]. Benson’s own education was untraditional: he dropped out of Brown University after a semester to join the United States Navy, where he learned about optical repair and lenses. [4] Working in these different mediums, sometimes learning forgotten crafts and sometimes creating new ones, by the 1970s he was convinced that ink and the modern photo offset press—with its ability to make multiple passes that build an image from multiple layers of ink—possessed a potential for photographic rendition beyond anything else previously known. Review and updating of such records is ongoing. [4], He was the uncle of stone carver Nicholas Benson, the owner of The John Stevens Shop. Yet he won a MacArthur fellowship in 1986 for his labor-intensive, idiosyncratic way of making photographs—using offset printing to print his photographic negatives with acrylic paint. Benson was as much a historian of printing as a practitioner. Although digital photography had become the norm by then, Benson insisted that the school have traditional darkrooms. Richard Mead Atwater Benson (November 8, 1943 – June 22, 2017)[1] was an American photographer, printer, and educator who used photographic processing techniques of the past and present. University. His work is held in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. Benson, who died of heart failure on June 22 at age 73, had a complicated relationship with history and technology. “It’s like sailors studying celestial navigation,” he said at the time. Because this website functions as a wiki, all members of the School of Art community—graduate students, faculty, staff, and alums—have the ability to add new content and pages, and to edit most of the site’s existing content. Richard Benson (1943–2017) American photographer, author, and professor Richard Benson has died. (Benson served on the magazine’s board from 2001 to 2006.) He did not believe, as many do, that technology is ruinous to art. Terms and Conditions  Credits, Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery, Full-size image not available for download. Benson's work is held in the following permanent collections: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, "Richard Benson, Photographer and Printer, Dies at 73", "In focus: Liz Jobey looks at the work of photographic printer Richard Benson", "R.I.P., Richard Benson: Photographer, Printer, and Educator", "In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2017", "Yale University School of Art: Richard Benson", "Stone Carver Nick Benson Gives Eternity a Run for Its Money", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Benson_(photographer)&oldid=967445007, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1986: Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, This page was last edited on 13 July 2020, at 08:43. Please contact, Overall: 37.7 × 37.3 cm (14 13/16 × 14 11/16in. SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. By the 1990s he began working on the relationship between the computer and traditional photographic imagery,[3] and applied the lessons from this in the production of long-run offset books of work by different photographers, in both black and white and color. 2000. Earlier print and digital content of the Yale Alumni Magazine All rights reserved. As of July 1, Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. He experimented with new technologies while capturing the dilapidation of the old, and preserving it, too: he built clocks and steam engines in his backyard. When photographer Richard “Chip” Benson was dean of the School of Art, he helped plan the school’s new home in Green Hall, which opened in 2000. When photographer Richard “Chip” Benson was dean of the School of Art, he helped plan the school’s new home in Green Hall, which opened in 2000. All rights reserved. A number of Benson’s photographs envision an almost post-human world, of rusted cars and ruined farms, of beached boats and aging oil wells. Magazine website. 2015, the Yale Alumni Magazine operates as a department of Yale This page was last edited on 13 July 2020, at 08:43 (UTC). The classroom contains works that Benson printed for photographers Walker Evans, James Van Der Zee, and Paul Strand, as well as his prints of photographs in the Gilman Paper Company Collection . Owing to a mixture of exhaustion and curiosity, he would later move to digital photography. Lay this Laurel features photographs by Richard Benson and text by Lincoln Kirstein. Several books of Benson's writing are forthcoming. [3][4][5] Benson had a broad range of interests in the photographic print: aluminum,[3] silver, platinum, palladium, and ink. Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted. “Whenever something caught his interest,” writes Samuel Messer ’82MFA, associate dean of the School of Art, “he had to make the very best one with his own hands.”. His colleagues remember him as deeply generous, brilliant, and collaborative. This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Yale University Art Gallery/Lee Friedlander Richard Benson, shown here in a 2009 photograph by Lee Friedlander, was dean of the School of Art from 1996 to 2006. used under license. Learn More, Copyright © 2020 The Yale University Art Gallery. Gelatin silver print. Copyright 2015 Yale University. In this segment, taken from his 2008 talk at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for his exhibition The Printed Picture, Richard Benson walks us through processes associated with modern photography.He gives an overview of the dry plate, developing-out gelatin silver paper, and the Kodak Number 1 camera. But he didn’t express his ideas like the usual academic administrator. View full image. Richard Benson, 2000. “Even if they never end up using it, it’s important.”. was published and copyrighted by Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., and is Review and updating of such records is ongoing. The Printed Picture by Richard Benson, 2008; Richard Benson Lectures at Yale; Last edited on 13 July 2020, at 08:43. A photographer with a passion for printing. 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) The Richard Benson Classroom holds a variety of works by Richard Benson (1943–2017), the renowned printer, photographer, artist, teacher, and former dean of the Yale School of Art. His passion extended to the production of books and exhibitions that documented the development of printing and photography. [2][3], "He is perhaps best known for his innovations in photographic offset printing techniques and, later, ink-jet printing."[4]. New Haven, Connecticut, © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. “He would say things during meetings, out of left field, that you would expect to find only in poetry,” says Kathrin Day Lassila ’81, editor of the Yale Alumni Magazine. Since 1979, Benson has taught at Yale University where he is a professor of photography, and currently the Dean of the Yale University School of Art. Welcome to the Yale Alumni

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