Surreal Portraits of a Powerless and Lost Young Man


New York-based photographer Ben Zank creates intriguing portraits rich with surreal elements. The Bronx native's portfolio boasts countless images, each with its own narrative. The fine art photographer produces scenes filled with mystery and oddities that allow the viewer to form their own context for the respective images, giving some sort of backstory that has led up to this point.

Zank's subjects are often himself in dapper attire, oddly lost and playfully searching through his environment for an undisclosed something. The young photographer, whose work clearly takes inspiration from Rodney Smith and husband-wife duo Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, tells us, “This set of photographs represents my current and past emotions. Being in control, being powerless, stuck, being free again, etc. Think of it like a power struggle.”














Ben Zank website
Ben Zank on Flickr

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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