by Red Cell via J. Christopher Dupuy
“I see ‘pretty’ differently than most people,” says 17 year old photographer, Susannah Benjamin. “I don’t believe in beauty for the sake of beauty. I want to be a conceptual art photographer, because I want to communicate messages and emotions through my work (I always try to have an intentional message/narrative to communicate, or I don’t feel fulfilled as an artist).” Susannah’s mom gave her a camera when she was 12 years old. “I didn’t really want a camera,” Susannah recollects. “I took it on vacation because I didn’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings. I started using it and realized I really liked it.”
Named Digital Magazines ‘Young Photographer of the Year,’ Susannah was getting national attention at the young age of 15, doing things like gracing the cover of Greenwich Magazine’s article entitled “Top Teens to Watch,” and having her photos shown on the Kodak Billboard in New York’s Times Square on four different occasions. She has been showcased in the Malls Gallery in London, the Greenwich Arts Gallery, the New Canaan Arts Gallery and Meli-Melo on Greenwich Avenue. Susannah lives in a suburb on the outskirts in Connecticut with her parents and sister, none of whom are artistically inclined. Her work is conceptual and surreal, dealing with visual narratives and complex faces. Often these narratives deal with the dynamic of old vs. young or building a reality all of her own. Keep you eyes on this young photographer, she is gonna be big! You can see more of here work at on her photostream here.