David Benjamin Sherry

b. 1981

Born Stony Brook, New York, 1981, lives and works in New Mexico

The pictures can feel like windows into this dying world, yet still filled with so much life and emotion...these so-called public lands and national monuments are under threat and have been gutted. Every landscape you’re looking at is potentially disposable to the US government at this point, as a means to make a profit. — David Benjamin Sherry

Exhibitions

09.11–10.26.2019
American Monuments
Salon 94 Bowery

David Benjamin Sherry

06.07–08.04.2017
Pink Genesis
Salon 94 Bowery

David Benjamin Sherry

09.07–10.31.2014
Climate Vortex Sutra
Salon 94 Bowery

David Benjamin Sherry

04.26–06.02.2012
Astral Desert
Salon 94 Bowery

David Benjamin Sherry

Biography

Photo of David Benjamin Sherry in Alaska, 2019, by Reka Reisinger

David Benjamin Sherry is a New Mexico-based artist who is both challenging and reinvigorating American photography. His work revolves around interests in environmentalism, queer identity and alternative film processes. He’s best known for his colorful landscape photographs, brought upon by the desire to explore the last remaining wilderness in America. Through numerous projects, Sherry’s work expresses deep concern for the rapidly changing environment, while continuing to sustain a queer sensibility in the hetero-male dominated canon of landscape photography. Sherry has referred to himself as a “nostalgic-futurist” and uses a large format 8x10 film camera in order to reflect and understand our connection within the contemporary American landscape.

Sherry was born in 1981 in Stony Brook, NY and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and his MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2007 where he was awarded the Richard Dixon Welling Prize. In 2010 he received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant. Sherry taught Western Landscape and Large Format photography as a distinguished faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018.

CV

Press

02.01.2016
David Benjamin Sherry
Moran Bondaroff

Artforum

10.17.2014
Photographs of Urgent Wilderness
Jeremy Polacek

Hyperallergic

09.22.2014
One Photographer’s Beautiful and Devastating Response to Climate Change
David Rosenberg

Slate

05.01.2012
David Benjamin Sherry Looks West
Ashley W. Simpson

Interview

10.17.2008
David Benjamin Sherry
Kin Woo

Dazed