Susannah Benjamin was born in New York City in 1993. Having had a passion for storytelling and mythology since her earliest days, her photography is intimately tied to the literary medium. With each image requiring meticulous storyboarding, location scouting, casting, and styling, she aims not only to create pieces that are aesthetically engaging, but also narratively and conceptually evocative. The artist views her models as characters from larger stories, each with their own history and fictional identity. These characters occupy worlds in which social and physical isolation, metamorphosis, and magic are common, if not expected, occurrences. Benjamin’s use of winged women, bewitched girls, and shape shifting youths allow her to marry the escapist realms of fantasy and myth to topical issues such as bullying, depression, and negative self-image.
Benjamin has been recognized for her photography from a very early age. After winning first place in Digital Camera Magazine’s international “Young Photographer of the Year” competition at age 14, she went on to win the grand prize in the 2013 Irish Times’ photography competition, selected from over 8,000 entries worldwide. She was also one of six artists to win PDN’s “The Curator” competition, which aims to highlight the best emerging fine art photographers.
With a firm belief that artists must approach their work from a cross-disciplinary perspective, Benjamin pursued a liberal arts education; she is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in English and French Literature.