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ALL-IN with Benjamin Barron

When a certain person makes you look good from an unflattering angle, then you know that person is good, and knows what he/she is doing. Benjamin Barron is one of those people that make every angle work. It’s guaranteed you will look good and cool if he photographs you. It is also guaranteed that even though there are no wild backgrounds and everything is quite ‘normal’, he will make more out of it and transfer a normal street, bench, car… onto something you want to be a part of. Benjamin is also a co-founder and editor of ALL-IN magazine. ALL-IN is a biannual arts and culture print publication based in NYC that already had people like Harmony Korine and William Defoe (photographed by magical Alex Da Corte), grace their covers. Anyway, Benjamin Barron is a NYC kid who has a lot of stamina, great background and amazing feeling for aesthetic, so get to know him, now!

How did you start?
My moth­er let me use her cam­era when I was four. My father taught me how to write and be crit­i­cal. That was the start of ALL – IN.

What makes you want to take pho­tographs?
Know­ing that I know nothing.

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Do you have tra­di­tion­al train­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy?
I went to Bard Col­lege and stud­ied pho­tog­ra­phy with Stephen Shore. I learned a lot from that, and also from work­ing for pho­tog­ra­phers like Col­lier Schorr, Ryan McGin­ley, and Gre­go­ry Crewdson.

Why did you choose that pro­fes­sion?
I didn’t real­ly choose it – I wasn’t plan­ning on work­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy after col­lege. I worked on a shoot with my moth­er for Mar­fa Jour­nal and released ALL – IN the month after grad­u­at­ing. Every­thing else con­tin­ued from there.

What is your favorite thing’ to pho­to­graph?
I enjoy pho­tograph­ing peo­ple the most. I used to be real­ly dis­con­nect­ed from peo­ple – at one point, I didn’t see any­one for a year. I think being so detached from oth­ers made me want to engage in anoth­er way. Now that I spend most of my time with oth­ers, I find myself engag­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy differently.

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What inspires you?
My boyfriend inspires me. Nest Mag­a­zine makes me feel like any­thing is pos­si­ble. Being able to inter­act with so many peo­ple I admire moti­vates me to be a bet­ter person.

Do you ever have pho­tog­ra­phers block?
Not real­ly – there are so many things I’m curi­ous about.

What are you most com­fort­able shoot­ing and what most anx­ious, ner­vous?
I’m most com­fort­able shoot­ing com­posed sit­u­a­tions. Doc­u­ment­ing ran­dom moments is the most uncom­fort­able for me.

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Do you take pho­tos every day?
ALL – IN takes most of my time. I recent­ly have only been able to take pho­tographs for ALL – IN and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions – I’m in Nor­way for the hol­i­days, and am excit­ed to be able to take pho­tographs just for myself here.

Tell me more about ALL-IN
ALL – IN is a mag­a­zine made for every­one. At a time where peo­ple are increas­ing­ly dis­con­nect­ed, ALL – IN is about bring­ing peo­ple togeth­er. Through con­ver­sa­tions and col­lab­o­ra­tions between estab­lished and emerg­ing artists, ALL – IN rep­re­sents what it means to be here and now.

What is next for ALL-IN
We’re cur­rent­ly work­ing on ALL – IN issue three! I’m real­ly excit­ed and hon­ored about the group of peo­ple we’re work­ing with for the upcom­ing issue.

What is next for you?
I’m going to con­tin­ue what I’m doing now – I’ll be tak­ing pho­tographs in Nor­way with my friend Lin­da Engel­hardt, and will be work­ing on ALL – IN.

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What pro­fes­sion oth­er than your own would you like to attempt?
I used to bake pas­tries at the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my in Rome – I’d love to return to that at some point. Cook­ing for my boyfriend is one of my favorite things.

What have you always want­ed and did you ever get it?
I try not to think about what I want – I have more than I could ever dream of.

What do you feel most proud of?
Oth­ers.

Your name is very poet­ic and prob­a­bly well thought of, do you like it?
I like my name, but don’t know how well thought out it was – my par­ents chose from a name dictionary.

What is you’re go to song when you are drunk?
Sex With Me.

Where do you see your­self in senior years?
Some­where with kids.

Beach or snow?
For­est.

Pool or sea?
Riv­er.

Leather jack­et or bomber?
Jean jack­et.


Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ben­jamin Barron

06 Jan 2017 · neubau eyewear