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Benjamin Lowy is based in New York City.
Benjamin was born in New York in 1979. Introduced to art by his grandmother and mother, the former a painter and the latter a designer, Benjamin was originally interested in comic book illustration and graphic design. After taking drawing and graphic design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) during his high school years, he enrolled in the BFA program at Washington University in St Louis.
It was in university where Lowy was introduced to photography as a way to capture and trace nude models for comic book illustrations. Hours spent in a bookstore looking through Fashion photography books led to a chance encounter with a photojournalism monograph that opened Lowy’s eyes. In order to explore photography and photojournalism, Lowy took a year off from school and moved to Paris, making daily sojourns to museums and galleries in the birthplace of modern photojournalism. A short trip to the Israel and Palestine were instrumental in Lowy’s education and affirmation of his new career path. He returned to St. Louis to complete his thesis and receive a degree in Photography.
After a short internship at the St Louis Post Dispatch, Lowy moved to Washington DC to cover the DC Sniper story, then to New York to find more sustainable work. It was in New York that Lowy received his first break, an offer from the photo agency Corbis to cover the Iraq war as their embedded photographer. Since then, Lowy has worked for almost every major American publication, and covered stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Darfur, Indonesia, China, Columbia, Papua New Guinea, and other countries.
While photojournalism is his chosen profession, Lowy has never forgotten the art background of his childhood. He is a firm believer in the intrinsic power of the aesthetic image, in a beauty that can transcend the audience’s need to sometimes look away from the harshest of stories. This idea is the basis of his belief that photography is a powerful medium that can beautifully represent the most horrible story, and that his job as the person behind the lens, is to create an aesthetic bridge connecting content to the viewer.
Body Politic: Portraits From the Conventions
Photographs By Benjamin Lowy
iLibya: Growing Pains
Photographs by Benjamin Lowy
Photographs and Text by Benjamin Lowy
Haiti: The Aftermath
By Benjamin Lowy
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