Jake Benzinger (he/him) is a photographer, book artist, and writer based in Rockland, Maine; he received his BFA in photography from Lesley University, College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. Through the dislocation of space, he weaves together imagery to construct a world that exists in the liminal, investigating themes of mysticism, identity, animism, and the natural world.

His work was recently featured by Fraction Magazine, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Jake’s body of work, Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), was self-published, shortlisted for the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize, and sold out of its first edition of hardcover books. A second edition was released in late 2023, coinciding with a solo show at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Jake is currently a gallery assistant, a content editor for Lenscratch, and the founder of wych elm press


Jake is open to shoots, commissions, exhibition opportunities, workshops, and print inquiries.

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Contact:
︎ jakebenzinger@gmail.com



CV

Education
2023 
BFA with Great Distinction, Photography with Minor in Communication and Media Studies, Lesley University, College of Art and Design


Solo Exhibitions
2023
Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), Griffin Museum of Photography @ WinCam, Winchester, MA

Two and Three-Person Exhibitions
2023
Hide and Seek: Lesley University, College of Art and Design Thesis Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Select Group Exhibitions
2023
Homecoming 2023, RIT City Space Gallery, Rochester, NY
CAA’s Mary Schein Fall Salon, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Identity, The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, UK
2023 PRC Student Exhibition, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2022
Winter Solstice 2022, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Transformations, VanDernoot Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2022 PRC Student Exhibition, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2021
2021 PRC Student Exhibition, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2020
Fever Dream, Gallery South, Cambridge, MA


Publications
2024
drawing down the moon, Collaborative Zine with Sari Soininen, Published by wych elm, 1st Edition of 100

2023
Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), Self-Published Monograph, 2nd Edition of 50
Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), Self-Published Monograph, 1st Edition of 50

2021
Bloom, Self-Published Monograph, Edition of 30

2020
Dialogue, Self-Published Zine, Edition of 30


Press and Awards
2024
SIP’s Sweet Somethings, Artists We’re Loving (vol.3), Portfolio Feature
Transference Magazine, After the Embers Burn and Die, Portfolio Feature

2023
WinCAM, Optics: Griffin Museum Featured Artist, Video Interview
Lucie Foundation, 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize, Shortlist/Finalist
Fraction Magazine, Issue #171 - Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), Portfolio Feature and Interview
Griffin Museum of Photography, Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), Online Book Showcase
Lesley University, College of Art and Design, Senior Award for Excellence in Photography

2022
Lenscratch, The Favorite Photograph You Took in 2022, by Aline Smithson, Featured Photographer
Fraction Magazine, Issue #157 - 14th Anniversary Edition, Featured Photographer
New England Portfolio Review Student Scholarship


Lectures & Guest Appearances
2024
Lesley University, College of Art and Design, Alumni Artist Talk, Lecture, Cambridge, MA

2023
Luce Spirits, Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seven Artist Talks Curated by Dylan Hausthor, Lecture, Rockland, ME
Maine Media College and Workshops, Pictures and Words: David Hilliard and Smith Galtney, Visiting Critique and Lecture, Rockport, ME
Maine Media College and Workshops, Maine Media Staff Lecture Series, Lecture, Rockport, ME
Lesley University, Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest) Artist Talk, Lecture, Cambridge, MA
Lesley University, Sophomore Photography Projects, Visiting Critique, Cambridge, MA

2022
Lesley University, Of Flora Artist Talk, Lecture, Cambridge, MA


Lenscratch Articles


Video Colorist
2023
With Your Whole Chest, Short Flim 


    ©Jake Benzinger

    ©Jake Benzinger