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Ben Schonberger

Lecturer of Photography

Contact Information


  • M.F.A., Photography, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • B.F.A., Photography/Computer Imagery, Shepherd University

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Photography
  • Black and White Photography
  • Commercial and Editorial Photography
  • Constructed Still Life
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Self-Publishing: The Photobook
  • Studio Photography


Ben Schonberger is a visual artist and lecturer of photography based on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Utilizing photography, appropriated imagery, collage, performance and sculpture, his work examines the complexities of identity through longterm social investigations and archive augmentation processes.

Schonberger has exhibited his projects nationally and internationally. His work is part of public and private collections including The Detroit Institute of Arts Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and The Toledo Museum of Art. His self-published photobooks can be found in the MoMA Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art Library and The Arts Library at Yale University. 

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Affiliations

  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, member
  • The Aperature Foundation, member
  • Society for Photographic Education, member

Research Interests

  • Archives
  • DIY photobooks and self-publishing
  • Systems that shape identity and narratives

Selected Artistic Works

Solo Exhibitions

  • "Beautiful Pig: River House Arts + Contemporary Art Toledo," Toledo, Ohio, 2016
  • "HAMMER: The Muted Horn," Cleveland, Ohio, 2016
  • "SAVE: Photoworks," Leesburg, Va., 2010
  • "SAVE," Sheperdstown, W.Va., 2010

Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

  • On Freedom: juried by Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of for Freedoms, Aperture Gallery, New York, NY, 2017
  • Athens Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition: The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2017
  • "TOGETHER/ALONE," Los Angeles, Calif., 2016
  • "Where Light Goes," Perrysburg, Ohio, 2016
  • "On the Shelf: Filter Space," Chicago, Ill., 2016

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Foam Talent, 2017
  • Shortlisted, The Anamorphosis Prize, 2015
  • Finalist, GuatePhoto Festival 15, 2015
  • Participant, CENTER Review Sante Fe, 2015
  • Finalist, Mercedes-Benz Emerging Artist Award, 2013
  • David Robinson Award, Shepard University, 2010

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