Nolita Fire Escapes, NYC, fine art photograph
Ben Asen is a true New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. Ben then moved to Manhattan where he began to fulfill his dream of becoming a photographer specializing in corporate, non-profit, editorial, and portrait photography. Asen didn’t discover his passion for photography until his last year at Long Island University when he took an elective course in photography and darkroom. Ben was lucky to have the photojournalist Jerry Dantzic as his teacher. Dantzic was a stickler for the right composition and light. He taught his students that the camera was only a tool, and the real creativity came from the photographer.
In the ‘80s Asen exhibited quite a bit in group shows and solo exhibitions in Darmstadt, Germany, and London. Then raising a family in New York City, Ben had to focus more on his photography business. In the last few years, Ben finally decided to dedicate more time to his fine art. He loves walking the streets of New York, seeking out his next sighting to photograph. People, cityscapes including his obsession with NYC water towers are what he loves photographing most. Many of his photographs are inspired by the work of the painter, Edward Hopper. Ben is currently a member of the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York. Asen’s Photography is currently exhibited at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.