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Benjamin Walls

Internationally Recognized Artist

Benjamin Walls Fine Art Photographer
  • Seven International Awards
  • Five-time Smithsonian exhibitor
  • Two-time Natural History Museum of London exhibitor
  • Collectors include Grammy award winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, Hollywood producers, and politicians alike

Humble Beginnings

In 2003, Benjamin left home with a film camera, a backpack, and the near-impossible dream of creating a groundbreaking body of photographic art. As a completely self-taught photographer with very limited funds, the following 18 months became his proving ground. Benjamin traveled more than 30,000 miles on a shoestring budget, spent less than five nights in a hotel room, and rationed his food to save money for film

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In 2005, nearly broke from his travels, Benjamin borrowed money to frame and debut his finished works in three fine art galleries in the Carolinas. He also submitted his best pieces to juried exhibits in some of the world’s most prestigious museums. Less than two years later three of his pieces had won international recognitions; two were hanging in the Smithsonian, and one at the Natural History Museum of London—he was only 23 years old.
Benjamin built upon his critical acclaim and in 2010 opened his first signature gallery in his hometown of Bristol, TN/VA. Two of his new pieces were exhibited at the Smithsonian in 2014, and four pieces were selected as finalists at the Natural History Museum in London in 2015. In 2016, Benjamin’s work was selected for a large-scale solo exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum. The 6000-ft² exhibit inspired the creation of his large-format coffee table book, “Beyond,” which was published in 2017.

When asked why his work has found such solid footing in a sea of photographers and artists, Benjamin says, “Each moment I’m in the field I’m focused on capturing images that inspire. I don’t take photos that simply document what’s there. Instead, I relentlessly pursue moments of art in nature and refuse to settle for anything less.”

He has tracked wild tigers from the back of an elephant in the Indian Jungle, explored the Great Barrier Reef by floatplane, and spent countless nights under the stars. Benjamin considers himself a modern artist, a contemporary explorer, and a results-driven conservationist.

Walls artwork has received seven international awards and has been displayed in dozens of museums, including five exhibits at the Smithsonian.

Benjamin opened his second signature gallery in 2018 in Asheville, NC.

Passionate Conservationist

Benjamin and Jane Goodall
  • Over $500,000 raised for charity

Benjamin’s ability to connect people to the natural world through art and travel has raised over $500,000 for non-profits and charities. He continually strives to expand the outreach of his mission, and as such currently serves on the Development Committee for the Jane Goodall Institute, a global community conservation organization.

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Benjamin helped raise ninety-thousand dollars for the Jane Goodall Institute on September 20th, 2019. The funds were raised by auctioning Benjamin’s art and tickets sales to an intimate fireside chat with Dr. Jane Goodall. With this effort The Benjamin Walls Galleries have now raised over a half million dollars for local and conservation charities. Benjamin’s life-long passion to connect people with the natural world is only matched by his drive to fund campaigns to protect endangered species and lands.

Benjamin and the Benjamin Walls Gallery are intimately connected to the conservation efforts of the Northern White Rhinos. Only two rhinos remain of the entire species, Najin & Fatu, daughters of the last male, Sudan, who passed away of natural causes in 2018. A first-of-its-kind embryo creation and in vitro fertilization effort is now being conducted in an attempt to conserve the species (more info here). Benjamin is close friends with James & JoJo, caretakers of Najin & Fatu at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and is an executive producer of the documentary film Kifaru that follows their lives and the plight of saving the species. Through WALLSabout™ Luxury Travel, the Benjamin Walls Gallery personally connects travelers with this initiative by including Ol Pejeta in its itineraries, therefore raising awareness and garnering funds for the conservancy.

The Benjamin Walls Gallery donates a portion of all sales of Benjamin’s book Beyond each month to Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit that raises funds for historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Serial Entrepreneur

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  • Four successful startups
  • Diversified verticals focusing on art, luxury travel, lifestyle & real estate

Unique Vision

According to the SBA, nearly 50% of small businesses fail within their first five years – Yet, Benjamin has built four successful businesses in a decade!
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Committed Preservationist

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  • Adaptive Reuse Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2010
  • Believe in Bristol Award, 2013
  • Bristol City Historic Preservation Awards, 2020

Benjamin took a condemned building and transformed it into one of the most awarded historic properties in Bristol.

“I believe that profitability and historic preservation are not mutually exclusive. In fact, historic preservation conserves resources, reduces waste, and saves money by repairing and reusing.”

Adaptive Reuse Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation

2010

Believe in Bristol award

2013

Bristol City Historic Preservation Awards

2020

Testimonials

Mark Warner

United States Senator

I'm convinced that this young artist, who has already won many national and international awards, is truly an artist to watch.

Unbelievable Experience

Via TripAdvisor

Visiting the Gallery is truly an unforgettable experience. It is amazing to view the grandeur and mystery of what Benjamin's creative eye can capture through a camera's lens.There was no question as to why he has won so many national and international awards once I saw his work.

Dolly Parton

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Your images are absolutely spectacular, as well as inspiring. I hope to see more of you and your great works!

I have never seen anything like it!

Via TripAdvisor

I have never seen anything like it. A delightful time at the opening of two new pieces last Saturday. Everyone was welcoming and truly glad we were there.

Ralph Northam

73rd Governor of Virginia

What beautiful work you have on display in Bristol. I enjoyed meeting and visiting with you.

Blown Away

Via TripAdvisor

This gallery is an unpresumptuous gem which will take you around the world with Benjamin's incredible work. He is a brilliant artist!

The Origins Video

Watch as I spill all the beans on my humble start, the challenges of realizing a big dream, and a glimpse into the future in this interview-style video that might even shock my mother!
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