Creating Home: Immigrant Perspectives

The inaugural exhibition in NoMAA’s new gallery on the first floor of United Palace annex amplifies the voices of 16 local immigrant artists.

NoMAA Gallery: 4140 Broadway, New York, NY

On view: June 23- August 31, 2022


BEING THERE grew out of my collaboration with three artists who have experienced homelessness for the photography project Still Lives. After four years of deep conversations, joint efforts and brainstorming, Maaji Newbold, Marcus Moore, Mike Deegan, and myself received a grant from LMCC to present our collaboration as part of the Uptown Arts Stroll. The project includes a visual art exhibition and a series of live performance and video screenings accompanied by public talks.

June 1-30, 2022 at Buunni Inwood, 4961 Broadway, New York, NY.
For more information see

care:work Photo Exhibition at Photoville

Images from the project The City Elders are included in care:work photo exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Photoville’s FENCE for the 2022 Photoville Festival. care:work is a national initiative to foreground the importance of caregiving in our homes, institutions, and neighborhoods.

Photoville opens on Saturday, June 4, 2022 and the exhibition will be up throughout the summer.

For more details see

The 2022 ICP Photobook Fest

The International Center of Photography is pleased to present the 2022 ICP Photobook Fest. Presented in partnership with The Photography Show: Presented by AIPAD, the event will include leading photobook publishers and photographers showcasing their latest image-based books as well as in-person book signings and a zine-making workshop.

May 21-22, 2022 at ICP’s new building at Essex Crossing located on the Lower East Side (79 Essex, New York, NY 10002)

Women in the Heights – Up Close and Personal

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance presents the exhibition: Women in the Heights – Up Close and Personal a group exhibition curated by Andrea Arroyo.

NoMAA Gallery: 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033
In–Person Opening: March 22, 5:30-7:30pm
In–Person Artist Talk: April 5, 5:30-7:30pm

In Praise of the Shadows

3 images from 5683 miles away are included in In Praise of the Shadows, curated by Hanita Elizur.

The Art Workshop Gallery, Yavne, Israel

Nov. 6 – Dec. 23, 2021

Opening: Saturday, Nov. 6, 8:00 pm

100 Visions of Fatherhood

Happy to have my work included in this collection of photographs by women and non-binary photographers exploring the many layers of fatherhood, curated by The Luupe.


I was recently interviewed by Margo Moore, Children’s Librarian at the George Bruce Library, for the New York Public Library Blog.

Online Exhibitions

My work is included in:

Did That Just Happen? and online exhibition curated by Melissa Kreider of Don’t Smile


2020 Somerville Toy Camera Festival, in two online galleries juried by Alison Nordström & Lou Jones

Lens Magazine – The Middle East

Images from 5683 miles away are included in Issue #71 of Lens Magazine – The Middle East, August 2000.


On the Cover: Parita Daemi © All Rights Reserved

For a PDF version of my work see here.

Two Online exhibitions

My work is included in:

Corona: It’s All About the Light, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
160 Various Photographers
May 8 – July 17, 2020


Healing and Community: Physical to Virtual, curated by Patricia Miranda for NoMAA
Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Curator’s Walk: Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 pm
Exhibition catalog

Women in the Heights – Creating for the Future

NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling presents Women in the Heights – Creating for the Future, a group exhibition curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Rio II Gallery
583 Riverside Dr, Fl 7th
New York, New York 10031

March 5 – 31, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk & Workshop: Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm


Intermarried was recently featured in the season finale of season finale of Shades of U.S., a CUNY TV monthly series, which explores journeys of identity in an ever-complex population.

Shades of U.S. is a project by Darrell Brown. He is a producer, cameraperson, and editor currently working on studio and field productions for various CUNY TV series, many of which have been nominated for New York Emmys.

Women in the Heights – Creating for Change

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling presents Women in the Heights – Creating for Change, a group exhibition curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Rio II Gallery
583 Riverside Dr, Fl 7th
New York, New York 10031

March 8 – 29, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk and Workshop: Friday, March 29, 6:30 pm

STILL LIVES at Word Up Community Bookshop

Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue (@165th St.), NYC

May 8 – June 14, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, May 12, 3-5pm.
Panel discussion: Saturday, June 2, 3-5pm.

The panel discussion will feature my collaborators, artists Marcus Moore, Maaji Newbold, Michael Deegan, and myself, and moderated by Veronica Liu of Word Up.

Currents: Abortion

A group exhibition, curated by Barbara Zucker.

The 5th edition of CURRENTS presents an exhibition in which artists respond to the theme of ABORTION. In this turbulent moment in history, abortion remains a signifier of people’s ownership over their bodies, being as urgent a subject as any of the issues that now consume us.

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

January 5 – February 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 7, 5:30-7:30PM


A group exhibition, curated by Gabriel de Guzman.

UPROOT presents the work of artists who are urgently engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election.

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

November 18 – December 31, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18, 6-8pm
Spoken Word Performance and Discussion by Marcus Moore, the Homeless Poet & Yael Ben-Zion: Saturday, December 9, 5-7 pm

Abre Caminos / Opening Paths

A group exhibition, curated by Esperanza Cortés, that explores the transformative role of art

Rio II Gallery
583 Riverside Dr, Fl 7th
New York, New York 10031

Antonia Guerrero, Juanita Lanzo, Leslie Jimenez, Sharese Ann Frederick, Luis Pagan, Bridget Kiley, Takashi Harada, Jeff Elliott, Andrea Perez, Moses Ros, Yael Ben-Zion, Dato Mio, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Eva Nikolova

October 6 – 27, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk and Workshop: Friday, October 27,6-8 pm

Intermarried in LIFE FORCE magazine

Intermarried is featured in the September 2017 issue of LIFE FORCE magazine, a monthly, online, photo-led magazine which celebrates the art-form of the photo-essay.

Artists Unite Poster Exhibit and Group Show

The Artists Unite Poster Project, developed in cooperation with the MTA, will present three events showcasing uptown artists whose work has appeared in local subway elevators since 2009. My poster is one of the 40 poster exhibited.  Read more about the project here.

Hudson View Gardens Lounge, 128 Pinehurst Ave,
New York, NY

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 5-9:30pm
Artists’ Talk, Video, Slide Show: Sunday, June 4, 12-5pm
Closing Party: Friday, June 9, 6-9 PM

Solo Show in Israel

5683 miles away, curated by Prof. Simcha Shirman

Morel Derfler Gallery, The NB Haifa School of Design,
21 HaGanim Street, Haifa, Israel

May 8 – June 10, 2017

Artist talk: Monday, May 8, 10am-12pm

Call and Response: Art as Resistance

My work is included in Call and Response: Art as Resistance, an exhibition presented by Strange Fire Collective and the Center for Fine Art Photography.

The exhibition features artists from 17 countries making work in response to the current social and political climate in the United States.

The Opening Reception Slide Show was generously hosted by Syntax Physic Opera on March 31, 2017 during the Month of Photography Denver.

The Female Gaze: Portraits

My work is included in The Female Gaze: Portraits, an online exhibition curated by Ashley Kauschinger for Don’t Smile

The Female Gaze: Portraits overturns and examines a trope that perforates the historical (and contemporary) discourse of art: the male gaze. There is a long history of women being looked at rather than being in the more powerful position of looker. This exhibition contributes broad reaching interpretations to a new history of the female gaze.

Unnatural Election Exhibition

I participate in  Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election, curated by Andrea Arroyo with over 200 international artists participating.

Kimmel Galleries, New York University, 60 Washington Square South, 8th Fl., New York, NY, 10012

January 19 – May 30, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, January 19, 6 – 8pm

Tribute to the Disappeared Exhibition

My work is included in Tribute to the Disappeared, an art project in honor of the 26,000 men and women disappeared in Mexico, and other victims of violence and injustice around the world.

Selections from the project are featured at the Tribute to the Disappeared Exhibition, curated by Andrea Arroyo, and presented in partnership with CUNY-Center for Worker Education, CCNY’s Human Rights Forum, and Frances S. Patai Program in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

The Halls at Bowling Green Gallery, CUNY’s Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, New York, NY
September 26-December 31, 2016 (extended)
Opening reception: Monday, September 26, 6 – 8pm

Cats + Creatures – Group Exhibition

Gaa Gallery – Provincetown is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition, Cats + Creatures featuring the work of Richard Baker, Yael Ben-Zion, Martin Manning and Martin Munkácsi.

Gaa Gallery, 494 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
August 26 – September 14, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, August 26, 6 – 9pm

BAXTER ST at CCNY’s 2016 Annual Juried Photography Competition

I am happy to be one of the Honorable Mention artists
for the The Camera Club of New York‘s 2016 Annual Juried Photography Competition, juried by artist Mickalene Thomas.

Uptown Arts Review 2016

My work “Portrait with father’s painting” from the Project Building Bridges is included in the Uptown Arts Review, an exhibition showcasing the work of 29 local artists working in a variety of media, curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10031
June 6 – June 30, 2016
Opening reception: Monday, June 6, 6-9pm
Artists talk: Monday, June 20, 6-8pm

There is a Garden, and it Exists

Distillery Gallery Invite

I am happy to have 3 works from 5683 miles away at this pop-up show, organized by the students of MassArt’s FA2D Professional Practices.

There is a Garden, and It Exists
Distillery Gallery, 516 E 2nd St, Boston, MA 02127
April 18 – April 23, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 20, 6-9pm

All About Photo

Intermarried was recently reviewed by Ann Jastrab in
“The result is a powerful book full of lives lived, with challenges faced, and stories shared. There are surprises and heart ache and lessons to be learned. But also, there are the portraits. Sensitive. Subtle. Rich in color and gesture. Moments captured. Time stopped.”

Solo Show

Works, Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
September 5 – October 11, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, September 5, 6-8pm

Group Exhibitions

Work from Intermarried is included in Not MY Family Values, an Art Photo Index online exhibition curated by Rebecca Senf.

Work from Intermarried is also included in Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution, curated by Danny Simmons and Oshun Layne, at Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.

Building Bridges – Interfaith Family Project Exhibition

Please join me for the opening reception of the exhibition Building Bridges – Y interfaith Project on Sunday, June 7, 1-4pm at the Y of Washington Heights and Inwood, located at 54 Nagle Avenue in New York.

The exhibition includes photographs and interviews with local families who live in an interfaith household or crossed interfaith bridges, and was made possible thanks to a grant from the UJA Federation of NY.

To learn more about the project, see here.

Building Bridges – Y Interfaith Project

Building Bridges, a project I’ve been working on with the Y of Washington Heights and Inwood for the past few months, is featured in the Manhattan Times.

See here for the print edition.

Exhibition of images from this project will open at the Y in June 2015.

Public Art in New York

airport #1

The image airport #1 from the project In Transit is still on view in the northern elevator at the A Train 190th St. subway station, as part of the Poster Project presented by Artists Unite in cooperation with New York City Transit.

It was installed in September 2013 and will be up until the end of April 2015.

Year End Reviews


Intermarried was listed as one of Denver Post‘s favorite books of 2014 in the photography category.
“Ben-Zion’s photos skip the obvious, documenting the evidence that truly defines the mix: Books, photos, kids, art, knick-knacks. Each shot enriched by a quote from its subjects. A great take on 21st century American life.”

It was also reviewed in Fraction Magazine.
“Overall, the book succeeds in bringing to life questions about the tensions between tradition, expectation and lived realities, and is thought-provoking in the way in which Ben-Zion visualizes social categories in order to question the imperatives and social divisions on which they have been built historically.”

Limited Edition Book + Print

The Little Prince

The limited edition of Intermarried is finally ready to ship.
It includes a signed book with a signed and numbered c-print of The Little Prince.
Edition of 50 | sheet size: 8.5×8.5 inch | $125 USD

You can purchase a copy of the limited edition book + print here or by sending me an email.

Also, some limited edition copies of 5683 miles away, my first monograph, are still available for purchase. For details, see here.

Upcoming Artist Talks

Conversation with George Slade, Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI, Saturday, October 25, at 4pm.
For details, see the press release.

Lecture at the Second Annual Jewish Book Festival of the JCCs of Greater Toronto, Prosserman JCC, Vaughan, ON, Sunday, November 9, at 2am.

Talk at The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, New York, NY, Sunday, November 23, at 3:30pm

All events are open to the public.

International Photography Awards and Moscow International Foto Awards

Intermarried was awarded Honorable Mentions in the Book – Fine Art Category and in the Book – People Category in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition.

See here and here for the press releases.

It also received an Honorable Mention in the Book – Fine Art Category in the 2014 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) Competition.

Recent Press

Intermarried was recently featured in the Canadian Touch BASEthe Jewish Book Council‘s blog, Yale Alumni Magazine and the spanish 20minutos.

5683 miles away, my first monograph, was featured in the Shpilman Institute for Photography‘s blog. See here for Hebrew.

Intermarried in the Cell Theatre in NYC


Images from Intermarried are currently on view at the Cell Theatre in NYC in conjunction with Project Y‘s production of Renee Calarco’s play The Religion Thing.

The show runs until August 1, 2014 and on Wednesday, July 9, I will have a talkback with the audience following the show. For info, see here.

For a great review of the play, including a nice mentioning of Intermarried, see The Jewish Week.

Upcoming Artist Talks

West Side Story

Presentation at the Westchester Photographic Society, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY, Friday, June 13, at 8pm.

Conversation with Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Big Blue Marble Book Store, Philadelphia, PA, Thursday, June 19, at 7pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Press and Recognition

Intermarried was recently featured in ArtFile Magazine, The Daily Mail, ICP Library Blog and The Literate Lens.

Work from Intermarried was selected for American Photography 30.

Paris Photo LA and Book Signing at ICP

Intermarried cover
Intermarried will be available at Kehrer’s booth at Paris Photo LA which takes place at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles April 25-27, 2014.

In addition, on Friday, May 16, 6pm, I will have a book signing for Intermarried at the ICP Museum Store in NY.

For Q&A about Intermarried on the ICP Library Blog, see here.

Intermarried at Word Up

evite-word up

Images from Intermarried will be exhibited at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights from March 9 through April 9, 2014. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 9, 3-5pm and a discussion with author Lise Funderburg and me, moderated by the curator of the show, Gabriel de Guzman, will take place on Sunday, March 30, 5:30pm.

For details, see the evite and press release.

TV and Reviews


Intermarried was featured on CUNY-TV Independent Sources (starting min 21:45) and Fusion Morning Show.

The book and exhibition were reviewed by F-Stop Magazine and The Bronx Art Exchange.

Intermarried in the News

NY Times

Intermarried has recently been featured in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine, Manhattan Times, DNAinfoDART: Design Arts Daily, The Times of IsraelThe Forward and Haaretz.

The exhibition and book were also mentioned by am New York, The Uptown Collective and Pro Photo Daily, among others.

Intermarried opens in New York


Intermarried is now on view at La Galeria at Boricua College in Washington Heights.

The artist reception will take place on Friday, January 17, 6-8pm and an artist talk moderated by the curator of the show, Gabriel de Guzman, will take place on Monday, February 3, 6-8pm.

For details, see the evite and press release.

Family exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography


Ten days left to view Family, a group exhibition Juried by Katherine Ware,  at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.

The press release can be found here.

Public Art in New York

airport #1

The image airport #1 from the project In Transit is included in the Poster Project presented by Artists Unite in cooperation with New York City Transit. It is currently on view in the northern elevator at the A Train 190th Street subway station (Fort Washington Ave. one block north of 190th).

It will be up until November 2014.

Welcome to my new website

Sari scarf and doll house

Going forward I will post here updates about my projects and related news.

Please join my mailing list if you’d like to keep in touch.

Happy new year!

January 2014