Ben Zank

Mar 27th, 2018

Ben Zank

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Ben Zank was born in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 18, he began taking photographs for fun after he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic. His self-portraits aim to stretch the viewer’s imagination and express his feelings when words fail.

Telll us about the images that we’re featuring?

Well I kind of just made these images throughout the past year and a half. There’s no story to any of them. I’m too scatter-brained to come up with a coherent series and I’m perfectly okay with that.

How does technology affect your photography?

Working only with digital technologies means I rarely see my work printed in the flesh which, in truth, can cause a lack of attention to detail sometimes.

How does social media affect you and your art?

It’s given me a megaphone to share my work all these years, and I’m pretty happy that no one has made any noise complaints yet.

What are you working on right now?  

I’ve got a moderately large backlog of images I’ve shot in the past two weeks that I’m slowly chipping away at on Photoshop.

Why did you start taking photos?

I already had a blooming interest in photography, but finding a Pentax ME Super in my grandma’s attic was a prompt kickstart to me taking photos now and not later.

What does the future hold for your work?

I’d like to put a bit more production into some of my ideas. I don’t want to go all out from the get-go, but making small adjustments like renting a cherry picker and getting permission to clear a street would be a great start.

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

I really can’t say I’ve had anything negative stick with me except for overhearing someone in college (who was a photographer) call my work stupid behind my back. The jokes on them; they spent 100k on a degree in photography and their only critique for an image they don’t like is calling it ‘stupid’.

Any upcoming artists should we know about?

Did you hear that song by Kanye West? There was this guy on the track named Paul McCartney. I heard he is going be big now after that collaboration.