Artist Interview Series: Chuy Benitez

Our artist interview series continues with Texas based Chuy Benitez. There are a few really interesting things about Chuy’s work that make this interview one of my favorites. First, his images are panoramic, a format that isn’t used often in documentary photography.

Second, the nature of his work challenges one of the most well know principles of photography, the decisive moment. For an example of the decisive moment just look at photographs by the man who coined the term, Henri Cartier Bresson. The Museum of Modern Art in New York just closed a wonderful show full of Bresson’s work, so the timing seemed appropriate to introduce documentary photographs that represent the decisive ‘minute.’

Chuy’s work has been widely exhibited around Texas, and in 2004 he was a recipient of a PDNedu Award. We published his photographs of the Texas latino community in Nueva Luz 13:1, and liked his work so much we put it in our blog header. But if you’d like to come out to see his work in person and meet him, then you must join us for an opening reception on September 16 from 6-8pm:

Mexico + Afuera: Contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American Voices
Featuring Chuy Benitez, Dulce Pinzón and Monica Ruzansky

an En Foco exhibition at Aperture Gallery’s Project Room & Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

Also on view is Selections from En Foco’s Permanent Collection, highlighting a few of its artists of Chicano, Mexican and Mexican-American heritage: Graciela Iturbide, Mariana Yampolsky, Pedro Meyer, Don Gregorio Antón, Delilah Montoya, Rojelio Reyes Rodriguez, Lisdebertus aka Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, and Dean Dempsey.

The two shows will be on view from September 9-October 21, and take place simultaneously with Aperture’s major exhibition, Paul Strand in Mexico.

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