Ben Gest, Jessica & Samantha, 2003, archival inkjet, Ed# 4/5, Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Ben Gest, “Jessica & Samantha”, 2003, archival inkjet, Ed# 4/5, Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Ben Gest

These ambiguous narratives of personal and simple everyday activities describe the way people sometimes disengage from those closest to them.They are an outgrowth of my interest in photography’s potential to tell the story of human life and the construction of human truth. 

The struggle one faces in maintaining a sense of self is made more difficult because those who affect us most are the very people we love. How do people maintain their own psychological self when the physical space between them is so close?

Ben Gest (Chicago, Il) earned his MFA in Photography from Columbia College and his BA in Visual Art from Rutgers State University of New Jersey. His work is represented and shown by the Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago. Additionally he has been in exhibitions at the PhotographicResource Center in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,Light Work in Syracuse, and the Museum ofContemporary Photography in Chicago. Ben was a 2005 artist-in-residence at Light Work and received the 2005 Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, Central MichiganUniversity, Columbia College, Chicago CulturalCenter, and the Evanston Art Center .

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