Former YSA Dean Richard Benson’s Photos Displayed at Philadelphia Museum of Art

In October, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presented an exhibition dedicated to the late Yale School of Art Dean Richard Benson, who is most often celebrated as a virtuoso printer and gifted teacher and is perhaps best known for helping produce some of the most significant photography books of the past fifty years. 

The World Is Smarter Than You Are is the first in-depth survey of Benson’s own photography. This exhibition includes around 100 works that convey his pathfinding exploration of photographic processes, his embrace of technologies old and new, and his deep empathy for his human subjects and the objects and environments they have built. It celebrates an important promised gift of Benson’s art, assembled by the artist and offered to the museum by his close friends, collectors William H. and Elizabeth Ann Kahane. It is accompanied by a major publication of the same title.

Read more about the exhibition at this Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Press Release.