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Ben Gest (American, 1975- ), born in Caldwell, NJ, earned a BA from Rutgers University and an MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. Gest's images engage in photography's history of telling the story of human life while challenging its traditions and expanding its visual language. Through subtle digital manipulation his ongoing work explores domestic narratives; photographed separately and then carefully arranged into a single frame, Gest's subjects are couples and families frozen in emotionally and physically disconnected scenes. His most recent works are contemplative portraits of single subjects lost in thought while performing mundane tasks. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; and Light Work, Syracuse, NY. It has been collected by such institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the LaSalle Bank Photography Collection. Gest is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College.
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Exhibition: Ben Gest
April 26 - Jul 31, 2008

Exhibition: Contemporary Review
September 8 - Oct 20, 2006

Exhibition: Ben Gest's Pictures
November 4 - Dec 31, 2004

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