used under license. [2][3], "He is perhaps best known for his innovations in photographic offset printing techniques and, later, ink-jet printing."[4]. But he didn’t express his ideas like the usual academic administrator. 2015, the Yale Alumni Magazine operates as a department of Yale All rights reserved. ); Sheet: 50.4 × 40.5 cm (19 13/16 × 15 15/16in.). Lay this Laurel features photographs by Richard Benson and text by Lincoln Kirstein. 2000. Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted. 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. “It’s like sailors studying celestial navigation,” he said at the time. Although digital photography had become the norm by then, Benson insisted that the school have traditional darkrooms. 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. Owing to a mixture of exhaustion and curiosity, he would later move to digital photography. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. [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. Accessibility at Yale This website exists as an ongoing collaborative experiment in digital publishing and information sharing. 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. All rights reserved. As of July 1, Magazine website. Copyright 2015 Yale University. “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.”. Nick Benson was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010, making the Bensons one of two families with multiple MacArthur fellows.[6]. Gelatin silver print. 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. 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. Benson was awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. Review and updating of such records is ongoing. This page was last edited on 13 July 2020, at 08:43 (UTC). Richard Benson, 2000. “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. [3][4][5] Benson had a broad range of interests in the photographic print: aluminum,[3] silver, platinum, palladium, and ink. A photographer with a passion for printing. View full image. 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. Learn More, Copyright © 2020 The Yale University Art Gallery. “Even if they never end up using it, it’s important.”. [4], He was the uncle of stone carver Nicholas Benson, the owner of The John Stevens Shop. Please contact, Overall: 37.7 × 37.3 cm (14 13/16 × 14 11/16in. 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. 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. Richard Benson (1943–2017) American photographer, author, and professor Richard Benson has died. He did not believe, as many do, that technology is ruinous to art. 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street) was published and copyrighted by Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., and is His colleagues remember him as deeply generous, brilliant, and collaborative. 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 . Terms and Conditions  Credits, Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery, Full-size image not available for download. Benson, who died of heart failure on June 22 at age 73, had a complicated relationship with history and technology. New Haven, Connecticut, © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Several books of Benson's writing are forthcoming. 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. 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. Welcome to the Yale Alumni 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",, 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. 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. The Printed Picture by Richard Benson, 2008; Richard Benson Lectures at Yale; Last edited on 13 July 2020, at 08:43. Review and updating of such records is ongoing. Earlier print and digital content of the Yale Alumni Magazine Benson was as much a historian of printing as a practitioner. University. His passion extended to the production of books and exhibitions that documented the development of printing and photography. 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. (Benson served on the magazine’s board from 2001 to 2006.) 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.