Ben Altman trained as an artist by studying Physics at University College London, towing icebergs, racing sailboats, and working as a commercial photographer. After twenty-five years in Chicago he now lives in rural upstate New York. In addition to photography he works with sound, installation, assemblage, video, participation and a collective.
Talk Tompkins, a solo show about Ben’s home county is at Tompkins County Public Library and he has pieces in ONWARD Compé in Philadelphia; The National: Best Contemporary Photogaphy at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art; and Social Portraits – Six Photographers at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton NY. In 2013, Ben’s solo show Say Peekskill was part of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Peekskill Project V and he was part of 2×2 Collective: double consciousness at the Art Center for the Capital Region, Troy, NY. His Guantánamo Basement was part of the TONY:2012 Biennial in Syracuse, NY. The More That Is Taken Away was part of Figure Drawing at Pratt MWPAI, Utica, NY. He has shown at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, City Without Walls, Newark NJ; Collaborative Concepts’ The Farm Project at Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY; the Schweinfurth Museum, Auburn, NY; and in many venues in Ithaca, NY.
For Talk Tompkins Ben was awarded an Artist in Community Decentralization grant by NYSCA and Best in Show at Ithaca’s State of the Art 25th. Juried Photo Invitational. The More That Is Taken Away is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and received an Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant from NYSCA. With 2×2 Collective Ben was a resident in 2012 at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY. He is an alumnus of NYFA’s MARK professional development program.