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On Richard Benson’s Work and Influence

Friday, October 1,
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this virtual talk, hear from artists who studied with Richard Benson, an extraordinary photographer, master printer, and mentor who helped shape many of the greatest photography books of the past fifty years. Artists John Lehr, Caitlin Teal Price, and Ka-Man Tse will explore the impact of Benson on their practices in a conversation moderated by curator Peter Barberie and Sarah Stolfa of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC).

This program was organized in collaboration with PPAC and celebrates the opening of two exhibitions honoring Benson’s work and legacy: Object Lesson at PPAC and Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are at the museum.

Things to Know
  • This program will be recorded.
  • A link to the recording will be shared with registrants a day after the program.


Peter Barberie is Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

John Lehr lives and works in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. His work is included in the collections of the Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon, Arizona; the Denver Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Recent publications include The Island Position (MACK, 2019); The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson, 2020); Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015); and El Camino Real (Roman Nvmerals, 2016).

Caitlin Teal Price works with photography and drawing to explore themes of ritual and routine found in the undercurrents of daily life. She received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design and her MFA from the Yale School of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at Fotografiska Museum and Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time among others. Capricious Publishing NYC published her first monograph, Stranger Lives (2016).

Sarah Stolfa is president, chief executive officer, and artistic director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Ka-Man Tse is an artist and educator. She has exhibited her work at Para Site, Videotage, Lumenvisum, WMA’s Transition, and Eaton Workshop, all in Hong Kong. In the US, she has mounted solo shows at Aperture, New York; the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh; and the New York Public Library. Recent exhibitions include Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings at the Brooklyn Museum; Tate Lates at the Tate Museum, London; and Chosen at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York. She is the recipient of the Robert Giard Fellowship, a research award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies; the Aperture Portfolio Prize; and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship; and was an artist-in-resident at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. Her monograph narrow distances was published by Candor Arts in 2018. She has taught at Cooper Union and Yale School of Art, and is currently Director of BFA Photography at Parsons School of Design.

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