Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Aleya Lehmann Bench

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1985, 1987, 1992

Over the past several years my creative practice has transitioned from painting to photography with my formal training as a painter informing my work in important ways. In my early experiments with photography I was shooting interiors primarily of 18th-century country houses in England. In early 2013, I embarked on a collaborative project with a model to explore figurative imagery and narrative, which involved long exposures and carefully choreographed motion. The work was a series of “short stories” shot on film. Later that year, I purchased a medium-format digital camera, which changed literally everything in my studio. Color and composition have come to the fore, and the newest images have become almost entirely abstract. I am now, in many ways, painting with my camera. I have a B.F.A. in painting from Boston University, 1979; and an M.F.A. in painting from American University, 1983. I studied photography at ICP in New York.



Aleya Lehmann Bench worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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