Ben Sklar is an editorial, commercial and fine art photographer based in New York City. He was born in Louisiana, but spent most of his life in Austin, Texas. He began his career in photojournalism accepting freelance commissions from the New York Times eventually migrating into editorial work for some of the world’s most prestigious publications. While the demand for his commercial work has required his attention, he has developed a personal practice in private maintaining a distinct artistic vision with a love for film and the alchemy of the darkroom. It is from an ongoing body of work taken over the past decade that his practice has progressed.
Sklar’s photographs have a singular thread of commonality – each contains something unexpected, an element that catches the viewer off guard, causing them to pause and allow for personal reflection. It is this “punctum”, as French philosopher/critic Roland Barthes referred to it in Camera Lucida, that repeats throughout Sklar’s work, and redirects the viewer back to his own sense of self. Sklar often uses the quotidian as a source of inspiration, and it is in seemingly small details that he captures with humor, compassion, at times, detached observation, that the viewer is repeatedly struck, finding or stumbling upon a point of impact or an element of fascination.
Education & Career Highlights
2006, BA Journalism, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Honors & Events
Solo show Foltz Fine Art 2020 (upcoming)
EAST group show 2019
Magenta Flash Forward 2018 American Photography 34 Winner 2018 American Photography 33 Winner 2017 Bushwick Open Studios NYC, 2017 Modern Rocks gallery, permanent collection, 2015 Lower Left gallery show, May 2015 Feature Shoot artist feature, May 2014 American Photography 29 Chosen Winner, 2013 Photo District News Annual, 2012 F8 Magazine artist feature, 2011 Telling Their Stories group show at the Ogden Museum, Aug 2010, New Orleans Newseum, Katrina exhibition, D.C. 2010 Feature Shoot artist feature, 2010 Harry Ransom Center collection, “Zulu at 100” zine Solo show at The Darkroom, New Orleans, "Zulu at 100," 2010 Associated Press Photos of the Decade 2000-2009, Hurricane Katrina Salon hanging at Coup d'Oeil, New Orleans, "Zulu at 100," 2009 PX3 Gran Prix de Photographie, honorable mention photo story & feature, 2009 The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, third portrait, 2008 Hurricane Katrina Benefit, Tiru Gallery, 2007 Hearst Journalism Awards Program, third overall, best image, first news & sports, 2006 Photographer of the Year International, honorable mention disaster photo, sports feature, 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award, Society of Professional Journalists, breaking news photography, 2006
AARP Bloomberg Businessweek The Chronicle of Higher Education Der Spiegel Edelman Elle ESPN Esquire Fortune GQ GREY The Guardian Weekend Magazine Hearst Content Studio INC. INK Global Publishing L’Expres Men’s Journal M-Magazine Du Monde Modern Farmer Mother Jones Outdoor Voices Outside People Politico Popular Mechanics Prevention Real Simple Runner’s World The New York Times T-Style Magazine T Brand Studio The Wall Street Journal Vice