Benjamin J. Young is a historian of art and photography who writes about contemporary art, documentary photography, and the politics of images.
He teaches in the department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School, New York University (NYU) and in the department of History of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York (FIT–SUNY). He has previously taught at Parsons School for Design and Eugene Lang College, The New School; the School of Visual Art; and the University of California, Berkeley. He is an advisor to the Curatorial Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
He is turning his dissertation, “Sympathetic Materialism: Allan Sekula’s Photo-Works, 1971–2000” (University of California, Berkeley), into a book. In addition to Sekula, he has written texts on artists such as David Antin, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Harun Farocki, Fred Lonidier, Martha Rosler, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. He is currently working on a project on the politics of photography in Israel and Palestine.