A 24-year-old from New York City, Ben Zank first picked up the camera by coincidence while rummaging through his grandmother’s attic at the age of 18. Zank often portrays figures as physically encumbered with faces obscured or turned away from the camera, seemingly in the throes of personal conflict.
Zank’s style thrives on spontaneity and minimalism, allowing him to create compelling imagery using very little material. Yet despite the adversity in each photo, the element of humor seems constantly present. It’s hard not to laugh and smile at the absurd predicaments he conceives of for each shot, reminding us all to take a step back sometimes and just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
Zank says, “The images represent an ongoing experience of emotions that I feel, the most recent being isolation and a longing to connect with another human being.” Zank shares his work almost exclusively through Instagram and prints of some photos are available through Opium Gallery.