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ArtQuench Gallery Storyline/Back Story:

Benowitz, H. Allen

 

 

 H. Allen Benowitz, a self-taught photographer, born of deaf parents and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business in Manhattan, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides. He enjoys living at his log home in Burnsville, NC, from spring to fall.

 

As an evolution from the accomplishments of his professional court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing career, the camera became a natural segue to photography, awakening an earlier passion from childhood.

 

“I came from less than means in Brooklyn, New York, and I identify with people who are poor,” says Allen, who saw firsthand the financial strife that exists worldwide in Cuba, India, Nepal, and elsewhere. “I wanted to capture how they live in their poverty, their occupations, as well as their smiling experiences. I wanted to share with others how fortunate we are and that we should appreciate what we have here in our country.”

 

Early in life, inspired by National Geographic and accomplished mentors, Mr. Benowitz’s interest in photography grew enthusiastically. “My interest in photography began as a child, having been raised in the Pride of Judea Children’s Home since seven years old, where I was afforded the opportunity of using their dark room to process my black and white pictures taken from a small Minox spy camera. My enthusiasm grew from the fun I had in taking candid photographs of the ‘Pride kids” through the vertical open crack between the hinges of the doors to the various children’s dormitories, sometimes with very amusing results.”

An adventure travel and cultural photographer, Allen has trekked all over the world for business and for pleasure, always taking pictures along the way. “I consider myself a life sampler,” he says, describing his style as taking unstaged portraits of the people and architecture wherever he travels.

“In my many country adventure travels throughout the world, in addition to architecture and nature, my eye gravitates toward people, with an interest in capturing their varying customs, culture, occupations, personal lives, colorful dress, religious and other rituals, plights and hardships, and how they seem to thrive and survive among the most daunting of challenges. I do not take a photo unless I have a passion for a unique moment, which I delight in capturing and sharing with others [earlier on film, now digitally]. From my travel experience, I have developed a greater appreciation for life, and for our forefathers and –mothers, who had vision and sacrificed to come to the United States for a better life for themselves and their families.”

“The trademark of my work is depth and texture: ‘Depth,’ with a goal of drawing one’s eye in to the picture, where the moment was captured; and ‘texture,’ which gives me a visceral pleasure, highlighting varying objects’ multifaceted shapes and shades of light, bringing a still image to life. Each subject I capture is motivated by passion behind the shutter.”

 

Although he recently transitioned from film to digital, Allen sees the pros and cons in both styles of photography. He explains that he misses the color saturation and quality of film, emphasizing, “It has provided the opportunity for great depth and texture in the same frame, which helps give the viewer a visual feel of my photos, while taking them to another dimension. However, digital offers many creative opportunities, which I will embrace.”

 

Recognition for his work includes a Judges’ Award at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest; award winner, B/W photography, One Ear Society; and winner, American Institute of Architects global competition. His work has also appeared at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, and in the Wynwood and Miami Design Districts. Among numerous publications in which he has been featured areCoastal Elegance & Wealth, The ARTnews, Laurel of Asheville, Art & Beyond, and Art Business News magazines. Two of his visual works of art have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 International Contemporary Artists art book, Volume IX, entitled “An Exploring Journey to Art.” Mr. Benowitz has also been chosen as one of Art Business News’Top Emerging Artists for 2014, published in its fall edition. His photo subjects include nature, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure travel.

His highly acclaimed photo, “Behind the Wall,” received national recognition at Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s Holocaust Remembrance Project Awards Dinner in Washington, D. C. 

Mr. Benowitz has been invited by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem de Tan-Tan, an annual festival. 20,000 tribesmen and foreign dignitaries met for a cultural and professional exchange mission 500 miles south of Casablanca in the Sahara Desert. The Moussem de Tan-Tan has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities.

 

Mr. Benowitz has also lectured and exhibited in North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Altapass Orchard in Little Switzerland, the Design Gallery in Burnsville, the Toe River Arts Council, and at the Andrews Art Museum and Cultural Center, in solo exhibitions.

 

Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba.”

His recent exhibitions: the Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables, FL; Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC; the Boca Raton Museum of Art Arts Festival; ArtFest Ft. Myers Arts Festival; Las Olas Art Festival, FL; the Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC; Art & Culture Center of Hollywood; Spectrum-Miami/Art Basel; and the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, NYC [August 28-October 6, 2015].

 

Having spent 28 days in Asia [Sri Lanka-Nepal-Bhutan-Singapore, October-November 2014], he has captured scenes of Kathmandu which no longer exist since their devastating earthquake. His upcoming fall slide show presentation at the Town of Burnsville library and photographic exhibition at the nearby Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, will depict the unique, historic culture, beauty, and tragedy from that part of the world.

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1800 NE 114 Street – 1710, Miami, FL 33181-3412
[Nov.-Apr. in Miami; May-Oct. in NC]

Cell: (305)586-1181
Studio Phone Number: (305)586-1181
E-mail: 
H-Allen@gate.net
Web: 
http://H-AllenArt.com

 

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ArtQuench Gallery Storyline/Back Story Photo images:

                                

     1950s Minox Spy Camera                          Allen @ 12 years old

                           

                 

                                                                                                          

                                                                         Allen @ 14 years old

 

             Year Book: High School Honor Society 1959

Childhood friends from the Pride of Judea Children’s Home 1959

  

 Granddaughter Jenna, son Michael & grandson Joshua w/Allen

 

              Daughter Cheryl & son Michael

 

                On location: Tan-Tan, Morocco

                   On location: Tan-Tan, Morocco

                                                                                                                                                                         

                                Art Festival Exhibit Booth

 

  On Location: Shenandoah Valley

 

         On location: Serengeti, Tanzania, Africa 2012