Miami Photographer | Kate Benson | Fall & Winter

Every now and again I come across a documentary that really excites me and I can’t wait to see. Often I quietly await a screening near me or that time has come to past and I rent the movie. But this one has just started up, recently premiering at SXSW. Fall & Winter looks to be a can’t miss film. Although it is another movie about the Global Crisis, which some may tire of, I have not. Not just because it is an issue close to my heart but because these films are often made by brilliant visual artists. Fall & Winter, from what I saw in just the brief preview the trailer gives, should not disappoint. Film maker Matt Anderson has a beautiful eye. Not only do the interviews seem beautiful lit and composed, but also shots of the world are equally striking. For the eye candy alone, I want to see this movie.
Worth noting, Fall & Winter started as a Kickstarter campaign. Which goes to show once again, Kickstarter is awesome. Below is the trailer, enjoy!



Miami Photographer | Kate Benson | PDN’s 30 is out

Last year I wrote a post when PDN released their 30 awards. This year it’s even cooler. This is the first time the separated the awards into categories, which, I find, pretty cool. Maybe it’s because somewhere in me I think, more categories = more winners. But really it’s not like that from what I’ve seen. Many photographers won awards in multiple categories and this image, is by far, one of my favorites. From Nadav Kander, who won in Magazine/Editorial, Advertising, and Photo Books this won in Advertising.

Also very cool is Natan Dvir‘s personal project “Coming Soon”.

lso, super beautiful book by Caleb Cain Marcus, “A Portrait of Ice”.

There are so many this year it was a bit hard to get through. I would be interested to know of other readers favorites too. Enjoy!

Kate Benson Photography Miami | Inspiring Photographers | Mike Brodie

Yesterday I saw his work for the first time and it took me back. As a photographer who finds herself almost desperately searching for her focus project coming across Mike Brodie startled me. I’m a little heartbroken upon hearing he put down his camera after completing the project though (we will have to wait to see if that lasts). Each image so clearly has a story. A story Brodie tells intimately and bravely. As I browse the images, I keep thinking, “For real? This is here, in the United States? Now? Really?” because the images pull up familiarity, but nothing we’ve seen in a long time. Some kind of current Americans, By Robert Frank (great NPR bit on that here). For a photographer, finding that personal subject, the one that makes you want to hop on a freight train for 4 years and wander around the country documenting an underground group of runaways, is a rare thing. We love and admire images like these and think “if I had only been there back then, I would have shot that”. Yet here Brodie shows us that it still exists. Then things get crazier, parents of children who have runaway have been able to see their kids in the shots and know they are alive. The levels of this project just keep getting deeper and deeper. So today, hats off to Mike Brodie. I’m not surprised he put down the camera, how could another project come close to this one? And when a project is over, it’s over. You know it. At least, despite him stepping away from making new work, we have these outstanding images to reflect on. A few of my favorites are here in the post but visit Mike Brodie’s website for them all or check out his book, “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity”, if you can get your hands on a copy.

PDN’s 30 is out

Since college I watched PDN’s 30 (previously 30 under 30) as the landmark of who to watch emerging in photography. Over the years they dropped the under 30 requirement (which was always loose anyway). I turned 30 this year, guess I still have time….
Kill some time browsing the winners and the amazing work they are producing!

PDN’s 30

One of my favorites, this Mark Fisher of Fisher Creative image:


Gregory Crewdson, Brief Encounters

From the first moment I was exposed to Gregory Crewdsons work it was love. Sitting in the auditorium at Rhode Island School of Design, midway through my degree, Crewdson in an honest, brilliant speech opened my eyes to another side of photography. He was admirably honest to even the most invasive questioning (“exactly how much money to you make on a photo and exactly how much does it cost to produce one?”) his haunting photography has sat with me ever since. His, is an intriguing story of personal development and the path he followed to this type of movie production photography was one of very hard work. To say that I am excited to see Brief Encounters would be an understatement. Often I find myself watching behind the scenes or stories of photographers to catch glimpses of their production in hopes of learning a tip or two. With Crewdson there is no chance of this. I know that watching will do what listening in that lecture hall did, leave my mouth agape, staring in disbelief at the story of a man whose photography is as surreal to create as it is finished.



Such a beautiful image by Paul Fusco. This is from his RFK Train series. Most of the images (all beautiful as well) show crowds of American’s holding signs, “So long, Bobby”, waving flags, or mourning. This was just an unexpected jewel. I can’t stop looking at it.

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