Ben Schonberger

“BEAUTIFUL PIG”

 

During an investigation of Detroit, I acquired a series of photographs from a retired former Detroit Police officer, Marty Gaynor, whom I began to interview weekly over a course of two years. Among his thousands of photographs were images that he had taken of criminals, just moments before their arrest. By cataloguing, arranging, and interpreting his work, I gave it the parameters of an archive. I arranged Marty’s images to create documents in the format of a grid. Each grid was presented to Marty as a canvas for him to transcribe a narration for his images. I infiltrated and paired the grids with images I had taken during my investigation and interaction with Marty. My arrangements are designed to address the complexities of identity through narrative.

In the tradition of August Sander, I am drawn to typologies of people and how they work in society. My images focus on masculine archetypes and their connection to labor. I meet men, establish working relationships with them, and then excavate and catalogue their belongings to construct a record. My focus is to create social documentaries that expose the idiosyncratic nature of identity, occupation, and faith.

Ben is an artist, bookmaker, and art teacher. His work investigates and deconstructs typologies of men and their relationship to labor. Through a process of cataloging and archiving, Ben’s images are a record of question and exploration. A 2013 Mercedes-Benz Emerging Artist finalist, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and privet collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts. His first book, Beautiful Pig was self published in May 2013 and was shortlisted in The Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

 ben_schonberger_1_650“Witness for Exam”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

Untitled-20“911 Tape”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

atlanta_25“Homicide Scene”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

atlanta_21 copy 3“C.A.T.S”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10×14 inches

ben_schonberger_10“Sergeant M. Gaynor with the Artists wisdom teeth”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

14 x 20 inches

ben_schonberger_5“Evidence from The Archive of Sergeant Marty Gaynor: The Pick Pockets”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

30 x 40 inches

ben_schonberger_6“Evidence from The Archive of Sergeant Marty Gaynor: The Street Shots”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

30 x 40 inches

Untitled-8“Charge Sheet”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

atlanta_24“Crack Park”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

Untitled-12“1971” Provost”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

ben_schonberger_13_650“Ass Hole”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

10 x 14 inches

ben_schonberger_15“Beautiful Pig”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

20 x 30 inches

Untitled-1“Sergeant Marty Gaynor: Systems of Identification, Occupation and Faith”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

44 x 56 inches

ben_schonberger_11“The Ambassador Bridge / Detroit MI”, 2013

Archival Inkjet Print

20 x 30 inches

BP_1 BP_2 BP_3 BP_4FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST: BEAUTIFUL PIG

First edition, Self-published
http://www.parisphoto.com/paris/program/2013/the-paris-photo-aperture-foundation-photobook-awards/beautiful-pig#ubkG0FKPRk0hvEGc.99

 

All images courtesy of the artist

http://www.benschonberger.com/

 

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