Beautiful Concept Photos by NYC Fine Art Photographer Ben Zank


Benjamin Zank is a young fine art photographer based in New York City. He caught the photography bug a few years ago, at the age of 18, after picking up a Pentax ME Super 35mm film SLR from the attic of his grandmother’s house, and has been creating incredible concept images ever since.

Zank graduated recently from the SUNY Purchase with a degree in journalism. In recent years, he has been working on a 365 Project through his Flickr account, where he regularly posts surreal images with simple ideas. Many of the images are self portraits, and they’re often inspired by the work of photographer Rodney Smith.

In an interview with Phlearn, Zank states that he shoots nearly every day for the ongoing project, and spends up to three hours outdoors for each image (with much of the time spent wandering around).

Gear-wise, Zank used to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 50mm f/1.4… before they felt into a swamp and died. He now uses a Nikon D90 and an 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.

Here’s a selection of his work:


















You can find more of Zank’s work on his website and through his Flickr photostream.

(via The Phoblographer)

Image credits: Photographs by Benjamin Zank and used with permission

  • agour

    wow, really beautiful photos!

  • Jeremy Madore

    Great stuff here!

  • Juan Ozuna Jr.

    I started following Ben’s work on Flickr a few months ago. Really great to see his work featured on here – his photos are terrific.

  • Jack

    You forgot to mention that he is colorblind.

  • A

    meaningless pseudo-conceptual junk. A faux hipster, one could say.

  • oneopinion

    I’m sorry, am I the only one tired of this type of conceptual photography? While I have the utmost respect for how much work they put into it, I’ve never really felt a connection to these kind of photographs. Photographers like this or Kyle Thompson, I just won’t ever be a fan of. That’s just my opinion though. Everyone has their own style and preference.

  • Christian DeBaun

    Interesting ideas (some are better than others), and well composed. Bravo.

  • Christian DeBaun

    Looks like mom left the computer on again when she left room….

  • sean

    agreed. Levitating photo? check. Top hat? check. Smoke? check. Forest? check. ect… Nevertheless they are no doubt talented, and fairly young. Hopefully a few break away and start doing original things.

  • dudung10

    fine art… this looks more like tumblr photography.

  • Zos Xavius

    these are really fun. :)

  • Eugene Chok

    LOVE the shoes and the sky instead of water LOVE

  • Shane

    I think a lot of you are reading the title wrong. The title reads “concept photography” not “conceptual photography” which typically means more of an illustrative, not-of-this-world, approach to image making which is what this is. Looking at his work I would not define it as fine-art, but more of an artful approach to a conventional, albeit, tired flickr-esque photograph.

  • Zos Xavius

    I don’t get all the hate. Yeah there’s some cliche’s here, but the execution is really pretty good in most of them. In some cases great. Overdone or not, this took some skill unlike a some of the more absurd fauxtography projects that end up here. I found these refreshing. the composition is indeed very good. tough crowd. I’d love for these “experts” to pick my stuff apart. ;)

  • Sarpent

    I’m trying to find the time to run all over the net to leave comments on things that don’t appeal to me. I think it’s oh so important that people know that I don’t care for something. There’s just so many things, I don’t know if I’ll ever finish.

  • Vin Weathermon

    There are more Petapixel hater commenters for some reason (or maybe only the haters want to share their penchant for putting others down.) This work is excellent, and if your work is so much better your criticism means something. For the rest of us, admire the creativity and photographic skills…I am frankly jealous because I would love to have work that good in my book.

  • oneopinion

    You see, this is the first time I’ve ever made a comment on any article on Petapixel because I felt the desire to. Do not assume I’m just some negative troll going out of my way to slander anybody’s work. I never do that on any website even when places like Reddit are so tempting. I was just expressing my opinion on the subject but I guess people like you who disagree with me have a problem with that? I’m so sorry for ruining your day, you must not understand that sometimes people on the internet have different views and would like to say their thoughts on the matter in a relatively polite way. But what do I know, right? I’m trying to pick a fight with someone over the internet behind my computer screen.

  • Sarpent

    I didn’t say that I disagree with you. However, I believe that if you spend enough time on the net, you’ll see enough representations of any style that it’s easy to grow tired of it — no matter how good any particular instance of it is. As someone who appreciates art and the work that artists do, I, myself, tend to say nothing at all about art that is not of my taste — unless I’m directly asked. And you’re right, you were polite. I’m sorry if I upset you.

  • oneopinion

    It’s perfectly all right, really. I can understand why you posted the former comment but I just didn’t want my anonymous character being questioned. That was a joke, by the way. Also, yes, I do agree with what you have to say. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. Thank you for being understanding and reasonable. Going back to what “sean” said, this kid is definitely talented and I hope more exciting things happen with him. I can respect anybody who is trying get an idea across from their mind into the viewfinder.

  • AMonkeyInMyPocket

    Just like you felt the need to let people know you disagreed with a comment posted on the net? Hypocritical much?

  • Lukas Prochazka

    I have seen some other pictures on other web site and i tottaly recognize his style first i tought somebody is trying to copy him because I didnt remember his name but i looked trough his flickr and thats the same photos :D