Ben Pier is an American photographer who was born and raised in the midwest. At the age of 19 he moved to the windy city to study documentary, fashion, and fine art photography at Columbia College of Chicago. Upon graduation he left middle America for New York City where he worked and lived for 10 years. He now splits his time between LA + NYC.
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From It's Nice That: It’s a pretty bizarre sensation to experience nostalgia for something you’ve never actually experienced; how is it even possible to relate to events that are entirely alien? But that’s exactly the feeling conveyed by Ben Pier’s Teenage Teeth. A catalogue of almost a decade of documenting American youth, (and some pretty youthful geriatric characters) the series harnesses the cinematic immediacy of blue-collar America. Featuring snapshot after snapshot of events and experiences that we understand purely from the standpoint of a movie-goer (any US nationals reading this, we envy your cinematic youth), from high-school lunch halls to low-rise whitewashed homes.
If this kind of rough-and-ready imagery floats your boat as much as it does ours, then you’re in luck as Ben’s book of the same title launches tonight at the Ed Varie gallery New York. Well worth stopping by. We’d love to, but you know, the Atlantic’s in the way.