Yael Ben-Zion

Yael Ben-Zion was born in Mnneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s General Studies Program. Prior to taking up photography. Yael had a diverse legal career, which included pursuining LL.M. and J.S.D. desires at the Yale Law School. It was at Yale that she took her first formal photography class.

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Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. In 2007, her photograph Crash was selected for the cover of American Photography 23. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. She currently lives and works in New York.


Solo Exhibitions
2013 Intermarried, La Galeria at Boricua College, New York, NY (forthcoming)
Intermarried, Café Buunni, New York, NY

2012 Lost and Found, Le Chéile Art Space, NY, NY
5683 miles away, The Gold Wing Gallery, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, NY, NY

2011 5683 miles away, The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, The 92nd Street Y, NY, NY

2007 The City Elders, National Family Caregiver Month Exhibition, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, NY

Group Exhibitions

2013 Check All Boxes that Apply: Multiracial Identity in Recent Art, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Rush
Arts, NY, NY (forthcoming)
PhotoSpiva Exhibition, juried by Natasha Egan, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO (forthcoming)

2012 Mimesis: A Contemporary Photography Exhibition, juried by Pamela Pecchio, 311 West Martin Street
Galleries, Raleigh, NC
NoMAA Visual Art Grantees Exhibition, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY
Women in the Heights – Intersections, curated by Andrea Arroyo, NoMAA Gallery, NY, NY

2011 Holiday Art Fair, Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The party’s in the kitchen, online exhibition curated by Christopher Rauschenberg
Photographers Photographing Now, Yale Digital Coffee online exhibition

2009 The Photo Review Web Exhibition
Late Summer Emerging Artists Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art in association with iGavel.com
Photo Folio Gallery, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

2008 Urban Space 08, photographic traveling exhibition premiering at KiM, Berlin, Germany

2007 LightPROOF, Full Time Student Exhibition, ICP, NY, NY

2003 Yale School of Art Intermediate Photography Show, PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT


2013 Intermarried, monograph published by Kehrer Verlag (forthcoming)

2010 5683 miles away, monograph published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg

2009 Green Wedding, by Mireya Navarro

Next Step in Care, a United Hospital Fund Campaign

2007 Shift, ICP Full Time Student Catalogue, Vol. 2

2003 Palimpsest, Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, Vol. 1

Awards, Grants & Honors

2013 NoMAA Creative Grant

2012 Puffin Foundation Grant

NoMAA Creative Grant

2011 PDN Photo Annual, Winner, Photo Books Category

German Photo Book Award, Nominee

2010 photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010

2009 International Photography Awards, 2nd Place in People: Family and 5 Honorable Mentions
The Photo Review Competition, Finalist

2008 Hasselblad Masters Award, Semi-FinalistUrban Space 08, Honorable Mention

2007 American Photography 23, Selected for the Book, Cover Photograph
ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award


NY Daily News, ‘Women in the Heights’ exhibition review, April 16, 2012

Lenscratch, Yael Ben-Zion, blog by Aline Smithson, September 26, 2011

TimeOut Israel, 5,683 miles away, book review by Akin Ajayi, September 2011, p.10

Two Way Lens, Interviews with contemporary photographers, by Michael Werner, August 28, 2011

The Truth of Beauty, Two Way Lens and Yael Ben-Zion, blog by Michael Werner, August 28, 2011

photo-eye Book Reviews: 5683 Miles Away, reviewed by George Slade, August 22, 2011

Yale Law Report, books in print, Vol. 58, No. 2, Summer 2011

ISRAELITY21c Blog, Foto Friday, book review by Rachel Neiman, June 17, 2011

The Jewish Week, Closeup Pictures, From A Distance, review by Caroline Lagnado, April 28, 2011

The Truth of Beauty, Yael Ben-Zion, blog by Michael Werner, March 7, 2011

PDN, Photo of the Day, March 2, 2011

Tablet Magazine, Faraway, So Close, audio interview with Vox Tablet, February 28, 2011

Yediot America, interview with Michal Daniel, February 27, 2011

TimeOut NY, This Week in New York, February 24, 2011

photo-eye Magazine, The Best Books of 2010

Jüdische Allgemeine, interview with Sabina Paries, December 2, 2010

HotShoe Contemporary Photography, book review by Kevin Clarke, November 2010

Daylight Magazine, book review, August 24, 2010

Photographic Resource Center, book review by George Slade, June 29, 2010

Inside Mount Sinai, Honoring Those Who Care for Others, November 5, 2007

Artist Talks

Le Chéile Art Space, New York, NY, June 10, 2012

NoMAA Gallery, New York, NY, March 14, 2012

Yale University Digital Coffee, New Haven, CT, June 22, 2011

International Center of Photography School, New York, NY, April 10, 2011

The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, April 8, 2011

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, October 14, 2010


2007 International Center of Photography, New York, NY, General Studies Program

2004 New School University, New York, NY, Color Printing

2002-3 Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, Introductory and Intermediate Photography

2004 Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, J.S.D. (Lillian Goldman Scholar)

2001 Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, LL.M.

1998 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, LL.B/MBA (magna cum laude)