TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

On Richard Benson’s Work and Influence

A Conversation

October 1, 2021
3:30 PM – 5 PM

In this virtual talk, hear from artists who studied with Richard Benson, an extraordinary photographer, master printer, and mentor who helped shape many of the greatest photography books of the past fifty years. A panel, including artists John Lehr, Caitlin Teal Price, and Ka-Man Tse, will explore the impact of Benson on their practices in a conversation moderated by Peter Barberie, Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), and Sarah Stolfa, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC).

This program was organized in collaboration with the PMA and celebrates the opening of two exhibitions honoring Benson’s work and legacy: Object Lesson: The Legacy of Richard Benson at PPAC and Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are at the PMA.


Peter Barberie is Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

John Lehr lives and works in Elkins Park, PA. His work is included in the collections of The Center for Creative Photography, The Denver Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, The Nelson Atkins Museum, and The Yale University Art Gallery. Recent publications include The Island Position (MACK), The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson), Photography is Magic (Aperture), and El Camino Real (Roman Nvmerals).

Caitlin Teal Price works with photography and drawing to explore themes of ritual and routine found in the undercurrents of daily life. She received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design and her MFA from the Yale School of Art. She has been exhibited widely, including the Fotografiska Museum, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and TIME among others. Capricious Publishing NYC published her first monograph, Stranger Lives (2016).

Sarah Stolfa is president, chief executive officer, and artistic director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Ka-Man Tse Ka-Man Tse is an artist and educator. Ka-Man Tse has exhibited her work at Para Site, Videotage, Lumenvisum, WMA’s Transition, and Eaton Workshop all in Hong Kong. In the U.S. she has mounted solo shows at Aperture in New York, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, and the New York Public Library. Recent exhibitions include Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings at the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Lates at the Tate Museum in London, and Chosen at the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York. She is the recipient of the Robert Giard Fellowship, a Research Award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Aperture Portfolio Prize, the Aaron Siskind Fellowship, and was a Artist in Resident at Light Work in Syracuse, NY.   Her monograph, narrow distances was published by Candor Arts in 2018. She has taught at Cooper Union, Yale School of Art and is currently Director of BFA Photography at Parsons.

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