About

Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s General Studies Program. Prior to taking up photography, Yael had a diverse legal career which included pursuing LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees at the Yale Law School. It was at Yale that she took her first formal photography class. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. In 2007, her photograph Crash was selected for the cover of American Photography 23. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday ReviewPDN Magazine and the Forward.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 5683 miles away, curated by Prof. Simcha Shirman, Morel Derfler Gallery, The NB Haifa School of Design, Haifa, Israel
2015 Works, Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
Building Bridges, YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, NY, NY
2014 Intermarried, in conjunction with Project Y’s production of Renee Calarco’s play The Religion Thing, the Cell Theatre, NY, NY
Intermarried, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Word Up Community Bookshop, NY, NY
Intermarried, Café Buunni, NY, NY
Intermarried, Chapin School, NY, NY
Intermarried, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, La Galeria at Boricua College, NY, NY
2013 Intermarried, Café Buunni, NY, NY
2012 Lost and Found, Le Chéile Art Space, NY, NY
5683 miles away, The Gold Wing Gallery, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, NY, NY
2011 5683 miles away, The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, The 92nd Street Y, NY, NY
2007 The City Elders, National Family Caregiver Month Exhibition, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 The Female Gaze: Portraits, online exhibition curated by Ashley Kauschinger, Don’t Smile
Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election, curated by Andrea Arroyo, Kimmel Galleries, New York University, New York, NY
2016 Tribute to the Disappeared, curated by Andrea Arroyo, Center for Worker Education, the City College of New York, NY
Cats + Creatures, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Uptown Arts Review, curated by Andrea Arroyo, Rio II Gallery, New York, NY
There is a Garden, and It Exists, organized by the students of MassArt’s FA2D Professional Practices, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution, curated by Danny Simmons and Oshun Layne, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Not MY Family Values, curated by Rebecca Senf, Art Photo Index online exhibition
2014 Tributo a Los Desaparecidos/Tribute to the Disappeared memorial quilt project, La Casa Azul Bookstore, NY, NY
NoMAA Uptown Arts Review, curated by Rosa Naparstek, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights, a NoMAA-MoMA multidisciplinary project, Journey Space, NY, NY
TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights, a NoMAA-MoMA multidisciplinary project, The Gold Wing Gallery, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, NY, NY
2013 Family, Juried by Katherine Ware, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights, a NoMAA-MoMA multidisciplinary project, Taszo Expresso Bar, NY, NY
Curate NYC, online exhibition curated by Wim van Sinderen
Experiencing a Time of War and Beyond: Portraits of Spirited Holocaust Survivors, three-person exhibition, The Gold Wing Gallery, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, NY, NY
The Photo Review Best of Show, Juried by Paul Roth, The University of the Arts’ Gallery 1401, Philadelphia, PA
Immigrant Too, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
I Have a Dream – 50 Years of Change, juried by Andrea Arroyo, Grady Alexis Gallery, NY, NY
4th Annual Contemporary Photography Competition & Exhibition, juried by Lesley Martin and Andy Adams, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
TokoNoMAA: Stories of Home in the Heights, a NoMAA-MoMA multidisciplinary project, Community Board 12, NY, NY
NoMAA Visual Art Grantees Exhibition, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
Dimensions Variable: Multiracial Identity, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY
PhotoSpiva Exhibition, juried by Natasha Egan, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO
Backyard, a Lenscratch online exhibition
2012 Mimesis: A Contemporary Photography Exhibition, juried by Pamela Pecchio, 311 West Martin Street Galleries, Raleigh, NC
NoMAA Visual Art Grantees Exhibition, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
Women in the Heights – Intersections, curated by Andrea Arroyo, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
2011 Holiday Art Fair, Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The party’s in the kitchen, online exhibition curated by Christopher Rauschenberg
Photographers Photographing Now, Yale Digital Coffee online exhibition
2009 The Photo Review Web Exhibition
Late Summer Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art in association with iGavel.com
Photo Folio Gallery, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
2008 Urban Space 08, photographic traveling exhibition premiering at KiM, Berlin, Germany
2007 LightPROOF, Full Time Student Exhibition, ICP, New York, NY
2003 Yale School of Art Intermediate Photography Show, PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT

 

Public Art

2013 MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project, New York, NY

 

Publications

2016 There is a Garden, and it Exists, exhibition catalogue
2014 American Photography 30, published by Amilus, Inc.
2013 Intermarried, monograph published by Kehrer Verlag
2010 5683 miles away, monograph published by Kehrer Verlag
2009 Green Wedding, by Mireya Navarro
Next Step in Care, a United Hospital Fund Campaign
2007 American Photography 23, published by Amilus, Inc.
Shift, ICP Full Time Student Catalogue, Vol. 2
2003 Palimpsest, Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, Vol. 1

 

Awards, Grants & Honors

2016 CCNY’s Annual Juried Photography Competition, Honorable Mention
2014 American Photography 30, Selected for the Book
International Photography Awards, 2 Honorable Mentions
Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention
2013 The Photo Review Competition, 12th Prize
Photolucida Critical Mass, Finalist
The Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards, Nominee
NoMAA Creative Grant
2012 Puffin Foundation Grant
NoMAA Creative Grant
2011 PDN Photo Annual, Winner, Photo Books Category
German Photo Book Award, Nominee
International Photography Awards, 3 Honorable Mentions
2010 photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010
2009 International Photography Awards, 2nd Place in People: Family and 5 Honorable Mentions
The Photo Review Competition, Finalist
2008 Hasselblad Masters Award, Semi-Finalist
Urban Space 08, Honorable Mention
2007 American Photography 23, Selected for the Book, Cover Photograph
ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award

 

Press

All-About-Photo.com, Yael Ben-Zion: “Intermarried”, by Ann Jastrab, December 21, 2015
Manhattan Times, On film: Family and faith, by Gregg McQueen, April 15, 2015 (Print)
Fraction Magazine, Intermarried, book review by Leo Hsu, Issue 70 – January 2015
The Denver Post, Denver Post features staff share their favorite books of 2014, December 14, 2014
Up Front Fridays, Amy and Cymbre talk to George Slade about Yael Ben-Zion’s photography book Intermarriage, October 24, 2014
20minutos, La fotógrafa israeli Yael Ben-Zion muestra las trabas cotidianas que sufren los matrimonios mixtos, by Anxel Grove, October 22, 2014
The Shpilman Institute for Photography, Homecoming: Yael Ben Zion’s 5683 Miles Away, by Joanna Lehan, October 10, 2014 (Hebrew)
L’Oeil de la Photographie, Photographer Presentation: Yael Ben-Zion, October 10, 2014
Yale Alumni Magazine, Output, Sep/Oct 2014
Jewish Book Council, Internal Dialogue: Portraits of Intermarriage, by Nat Bernstein, July 31, 2014
Touch BASE, A meeting of the minds, and hearts – in a New York neighbourhood, by Golda Arthur, July 3, 2014
The Literate Lens, Apples and Oranges: An interview with Yael Ben-Zion by Sarah Coleman, May 20, 2014
ICP Library Blog, Q&A by Liz Sales, May 13, 2014
ArtFile Magazine, Personal encounters: Yael Ben-Zion in conversation with Sarah Allen Eagen, April 2014
The Daily Mail, America’s melting pot in pictures: Photographer captures heartwarming portraits of interracial couples, by Ashley Collman, April 6, 2014
Fusion Morning Show, Photographer Yael Ben-Zion and her book “intermarried”, February 5, 2014
Haaretz, Picturing Love and Intermarriage in New York, By Anna Goldenberg, February 5, 2014
The Bronx Art Exchange, Blended Identities, Exploring the Complexity of Intermarriage with Yael Ben-Zion, February 3, 2014
F-Stop Magazine, Book Review: Intermarried by Yael Ben-Zion, February 1, 2014
CUNY-TV Independent Sources, The Intermarried, interview with Zyphus Lebrun, January 28, 2014
The Times of Israel, Video against intermarriage angers ex-pat Israeli photog, by Caroline Lagnado, January 24, 2014
Voices of NY, Intermarrieds: Turning a Lens on ‘Mixed’ Couples, January 22, 2014
The Jewish Daily Forward, Picturing Love and Intermarriage in New York, By Anna Goldenberg, January 21, 2014
DNAinfo, Photographer Explores Mixed Marriages at Washington Heights Gallery, by Nigel Chiwaya, January 17, 2014
Big Tent Judaism, What Does Intermarriage Look Like?, by Amanda Kaletsky, January 15, 2014
DART: Design Arts Daily, Yael Ben-Zion: Intermarried, by Peggy Roalf, January 15, 2014
Manhattan Times, When opposites attract, by Sherry Mazzocchi, January 15, 2014 (Print)
The NY Times Sunday Review, The Mixed Marriage, interview by Lise Funderburg, January 12, 2014 (Print)
PDN Magazine, Social Study: Joining Together, by Dzana Tsomondo, January 2014 (Print)
Manhattan Times, At the crossroads of art and activism, by Sherry Mazzocchi, November 6, 2013
F-Stop Magazine, Intermarried, September 11, 2013
F-Stop Magazine, Portfolio Issue Featured Artist, August/September 2013
Lenscratch, Photolucida: Yael Ben-Zion: Intermarried, by Aline Smithson, June 21, 2013
ArtMusicVegan, Dimensions Variable: Multiracial Identity, March 26, 2013
NY Daily News, ‘Women in the Heights’ exhibition review, April 16, 2012
Lenscratch, Yael Ben-Zion, by Aline Smithson, September 26, 2011
TimeOut Israel, 5,683 miles away, book review by Akin Ajayi, September 2011, p.10 (Print)
Two Way Lens, Interviews with contemporary photographers, by Michael Werner, August 28, 2011
The Truth of Beauty, Two Way Lens and Yael Ben-Zion, by Michael Werner, August 28, 2011
photo-eye Book Reviews: 5683 Miles Away, reviewed by George Slade, August 22, 2011
Yale Law Report, books in print, Vol. 58, No. 2, Summer 2011
ISRAELITY21c Blog, Foto Friday, book review by Rachel Neiman, June 17, 2011
The Jewish Week, Closeup Pictures, From A Distance, review by Caroline Lagnado, April 28, 2011
Glanz&Elend, Aktuelle sozialdokumentarische Fotografie, by Thomas Hummitzsch, March 12, 2011
The Truth of Beauty, Yael Ben-Zion, by Michael Werner, March 7, 2011
PDN, Photo of the Day, March 2, 2011
Tablet Magazine
, Faraway, So Close, audio interview with Vox Tablet, February 28, 2011
Yediot America, interview with Michal Daniel, February 27, 2011
TimeOut NY
, This Week in New York, February 24, 2011
photo-eye Magazine, The Best Books of 2010
Jüdische Allgemeine, interview with Sabina Paries, December 2, 2010
Artline Magazine, Photography Classics and New Discoveries, October 1, 2010
HotShoe Contemporary Photography, book review by Kevin Clarke, November 2010
Daylight, book review, August 24, 2010
Photographic Resource Center, book review by George Slade, June 29, 2010
Inside Mount Sinai, Honoring Those Who Care for Others, November 5, 2007

 

Artist Talks

Rio II Gallery, New York, NY, June 20, 2016
The Beekman School, New York, NY, March 16, 2016
The Beekman School, New York, NY, April 8, 2015
International Center of Photography School, New York, NY, February 22, 2015
The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York, NY, November 23, 2014
Second Annual Jewish Book Festival of the JCCs of Greater Toronto, Prosserman JCC, Vaughan, ON, November 11, 2014
Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI, October 25, 2014
The Cell Theatre, New York, NY, July 9, 2014
Big Blue Marble Book Store, Philadelphia, PA, June 19, 2014
Westchester Photographic Society, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY, June 13, 2014
Word Up Community Bookshop, New York, NY, March 30, 2014
Chapin School, New York, NY, February 10, 2014
La Galeria at Boricua College, New York, NY, January 28, 2014
NoMAA Gallery, New York, NY, October 29, 2013
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, October 16, 2013
NoMAA Gallery, New York, NY, June 24, 2013
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, May 4, 2013
Le Chéile Art Space, New York, NY, June 10, 2012
NoMAA Gallery, New York, NY, March 14, 2012
Yale University Digital Coffee, New Haven, CT, June 22, 2011
International Center of Photography School, New York, NY, April 10, 2011
The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, April 8, 2011
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, October 14, 2010

 

Education

2007 International Center of Photography, New York, NY, General Studies Program
2004 New School University, New York, NY, Color Printing
2002-3 Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, Introductory and Intermediate Photography
2004 Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, J.S.D. (Lillian Goldman Scholar)
2001 Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, LL.M.
1998 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, LL.B/MBA (magna cum laude)