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.
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.