Benjamine Hoste, Self Portrait

Plato, Missouri - 2015

Contact - Based in Arizona



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Benjamin Hoste (b. 1983) is a photographer based in Arizona. He was born in New Jersey, raised in California, studied mathematics in college, and holds a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri. Photography is a direct and immediate way for him to document the present for future reflection. Rather than seek out decisive moments, he looks to subtract the element of time within his photographs. Maps, data, and geography all play a pivotal role in shaping the development of his work. Additionally, he uses open-ended anthropological questioning practices to elicit organic, primary source perspectives that inform his photographic process, with interview excerpts often presented alongside photographs. His work has been exhibited internationally and published by Time, MSNBC, Der Greif, and Anthropology Now, among others, and is held in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


MFA, Studio Art, University of Arizona, 2021 [forthcoming]
MA, Journalism, University of Missouri, 2014
BA, Mathematics, Claremont McKenna College, 2006

Awards & Honors

White Leaves Artist Residency, 2018 [forthcoming]
CENTER Santa Fe Portfolio Review, 2017
Emmanuel College Artist Residency, 2017
New York Times Portfolio Review, 2015
Magnum Foundation Lab, Photography Expanded, 2014
College Photographer of the Year, Bronze Medal, 2013
North American Nature Photography Association Scholar, 2013
Duffy Fund Grantee, 2013
College Photographer of the Year, Silver Medal, 2012
Jack Fields Fellow, 2012
Missouri Photo Workshop, 2010
Claremont Summer Mathematics Fellow, 2004

Solo Exhibitions

Traces, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 2018 [forthcoming]
Good Earth, Greg Hardwick Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, August - September 2017

Group Exhibitions

White Leaves Artist Residency, Etiquette Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2018 [forthcoming]
Untitled Group Show, Steinfeld Community Arts Warehouse, Tucson, AZ, 2018 [forthcoming]
White Leaves Artist Residency, Northern New Mexico College, El Rito, NM, 2018 [forthcoming]
Conflux Coming Together in Conversation, College of Fine Arts Downtown Studio, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2018 [forthcoming]
Show-Me States: A Survey of Missouri Photography, Evelyn E. Jorgenson Fine Art Gallery, Moberly Area Community College, Moberly, MO, 2018 [curated by Matt Rahner]
Testing Ground, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2018
MFA Semester One, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2018
Show-Me States: A Survey of Missouri Photography, The Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art, Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO, 2018 [curated by Matt Rahner]
Photo 2017, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2017 [juried by Molly Roberts]
ECAR, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, 2017
Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2017 [juried by Paula Tognarelli]
City, Latitude Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2017
FOCUS, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, 2017
Midwest Photo Emerge, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS, 2017
Prisons Today, Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
Twelve Captures, Capture12, Phoenix, AZ, 2015 [juried by Mark Klett]
The Telephone Show, The Craft Studio, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2014 [curated by Matt Rahner]
Parting Shots, McDougall Gallery, Columbia, MO, 2014
Survey of the Plains, Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2013 [juried by Terry Evans]
Revealing Place, St. Edwards Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX, 2013
Revealing Place, Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2013
This Ain't a Scene II, The Armory, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Seven Saturdays, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA, 2013
Revealing Place, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013
Art from the Heart, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
This Ain't a Scene, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
SPFF, Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia, 2012
Snap, Origami Vinyl, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Missouri Photo Workshop, Macon County Expo Center, Macon, MO, 2010
A Shot in the Dark, The Strange, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Exposure, Where, Los Angeles, CA, 2009

Public & Private Collections

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Emmanuel College
Pitzer College

Visiting Artist Lectures

Pitzer College, April 2018 [forthcoming]
Emmanuel College, March 2018 [forthcoming]
Missouri Valley College, October 2017
Columbia College, October 2017
Emmanuel College, July 2017
Missouri Valley College, October 2016
University of Missouri, October 2016
International Center of Photography, July 2015
Northwestern University, October 2013

Teaching Experience

University of Arizona, Instructor of Record, 2018
International Center of Photography, Teaching Assistant, 2014-2015


KBIA (npr) (w/ Sara Shahriari), 2017
This Very Instant (w/ Vincent Wagner), 2015
Radio Free Silverlake, 2009


Ain't Bad, "Good Earth," 2018
KBIA (npr), "Intersection - Lead's Pivotal Role in Missouri's Past, Present, and Future," 2017
KBIA (npr), "Intersection Preview - Photographing the Legacy of Lead in Missouri's Old Lead Belt," 2017
Vox Magazine, "Photographer Shows How the Old Lead belt is Surviving after its Defining Industry Ended," 2017
Echosight, "Crown Heights," Instagram Takeover, 2016
Smithsonian Magazine, "Good Earth," Instagram Takeover, 2016
MSNBC, "Life in Missouri's Fading Lead Belt," 2016
Time Magazine, "Inside the Fight to Change Baltimore's Police One Year After Freddie Gray's Death," 2016
Time Magazine, "Searching for Answers in Baltimore a year After Freddie Gray's Death," 2016
CNN, "Searching for the 'Center' of America," 2015
This Very Instant, "Interview with Benjamin Hoste," 2015
Der Greif, "Good Earth," 2014
Radio Free Silver Lake, "Profile: Benjamin Hoste, This Ain't a Scene," 2010
Radio Free Silver Lake, "Photographer Profile: Benjamin Hoste," 2009