Ben Larrabee wins award at RAC's "Marine & Coastal Art" exhibition

"Nantucket Ferry, Man at Bow"
© Ben Larrabee
Ben Larrabee's strikingly contemplative black and white photograph titled "Nantucket Ferry, Man at Bow" won first prize for photography at the juried group exhibition "Marine & Coastal Art" at the Rowayton Arts Center. The photograph was printed by Mark Savoia at Still River Editions.

The exhibit features marine-themed works in a diverse range of media and techniques and was juried by Helen Kunzman.

 Read more here in the Darien News.

The exhibit runs until July 29. The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT.

Ben Larrabee's "Ships Inn" at Rowayton Arts Center

"Ships Inn, 2011"
© Ben Larrabee
Photographer Ben Larrabee's intimate black and white portrait of his wife and muse Trudie Larrabee was accepted into the juried show "Expressions" at Rowayton Arts Center. The show is on display from February 5 through February 26, 2012 at Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT.

Ben Larrabee writes about the experience and image:

Ships Inn, 2011

When Trudie and I went to Nantucket last summer for our two weeks of shooting, we spent the first day at Ships Inn before our rental was available.

We discovered that the first day had to be a transition day.

It became a day to shift our energy, tune into each other, allowing time to reorient and connect. We had no agenda, no place to go, nothing to do.

As I looked at Trudie I began to “see” her sitting in the window in a moment of reflection as she wrote down her thoughts about being a muse and our life together. I was inspired to photograph this moment in our lives. A moment that becomes one of the many in the body of work that shows our life together.

I love the layers; foreground, middleground and background, Trudie’s shape, the patterns and textures of the cushion, wallpaper and leaves outside."

Upcoming at The Gallery at Still River Editions - Moments of Grace®: Ben Larrabee / Reception Thu., Sept. 8

Photo: "Herbie & Albert"
© Ben Larrabee
We are pleased to announce that our next show will be Moments of Grace®, a solo exhibition of black-and-white portrait photography by Ben Larrabee of Darien, CT.

The exhibit takes place from August 30, 2011 to October 28, 2011.

Opening reception Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

Larrabee’s black and white portraits of children and families are far from staged. More than just depictions of individuals, the portraits engage the viewer in a feeling of connection. Larrabee says, “My work is not about my camera: I really want to make the camera itself disappear so that I’m performing effortlessly and my subjects are acting naturally unselfconsciously, expressing their spirit and their love for one another.” Larrabee calls the instances of synergy he captures in his subjects’ lives “Moments of Grace®”.

Ben Larrabee is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied under noted photographer Harry Callahan and earned at BFA in photography. He also studied at Yale University, where he earned an MFA in graphic design. Larrabee’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in the permanent collections including The George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), The High Museum, Atlanta, GA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Larrabee lives in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and creative partner Trudie Larrabee.

Larrabee's archival fine art prints are made by Master Printmaker, Mark Savoia at Still River Editions.

Ben Larrabee's Kozo Prints featured at 49th Annual CCNS Art Show

"Horses, 2009"
© Ben Larrabee
Three of Ben Larrabee's Kozo Paper Prints will be featured in the CCNS Art Show taking place June 9-12, 2011 at Community Cooperative Nursery School, 4 Trolley Place, Rowayton, CT.

Larrabee uses Japanese Kozo paper to energize his photographs with additional dimensionality, and a sense of movement. Kozo paper is made from the mulberry tree, and is also known as rice paper because it was once used to wrap rice.

The annual art show showcases over 100 local and nationally recognized artists. The opening night admission is $25 and includes a pass for admission the rest of the weekend; all other days admission is $10. 40% of art sale proceeds is donated to CCNS (and tax deductible).

Ben Larrabee's Moments of Grace® at Art to the Avenue, opening Thursday, May 5, 2011

"Montana, 2010"
© Ben Larrabee
Photographer Ben Larrabee's fine art black and white portraits will be on exhibit during Art to the Avenue May 5 – 30, 2011 at Lexus of Greenwich, CT.

Art to the Avenue is an annual May event during which over 100 artists exhibit in storefronts and local businesses along and around Greenwich Avenue, turning the city into a strolling art gallery. The opening night (May 5 this year) is festive, with opening receptions and entertainment at many of the participating locations.

Larrabee's photographs are finely tuned to capture tenderness within families and relationships. Larrabee calls his work  "'Moments of Grace' referring to those fleeting yet memorable moments every family has but rarely sees captured in photographs. His photographs show families acting naturally and spontaneously, expressing their spirit and love for one another."

There will be an opening reception for Ben Larrabee's exhibition on Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Lexus of Greenwich is located at 19 Railroad Avenue (across from train station), Greenwich, CT. A .pdf map of the venues is downloadable here.

Ben Larrabee at Nantucket Looms during Christmas Stroll this weekend

"Nantucket Ferry #1, 2009"
©Ben Larrabee

Photographer Ben Larrabee will be exhibiting at Nantucket Looms through the Christmas Stroll this weekend December 4-6, 2009 at 35 Main St., Nantucket, MA. A sample of his fine art collection is viewable here. Larrabee's fine art black and white photography is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, MFA Boston, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.


Ben Larrabee in New Canaan, CT

"Nantucket Lighthouse"
© Ben Larrabee

Cobble Court Interiors and New Canaan Chamber of Commerce are showcasing a selection of Ben Larrabee's fine art photographs at a reception this evening from 5-8 pm. Cobble Court is located at 13 South Ave., New Canaan, CT. The photographs will be on display until December. I hear there will be martinis...

This is the perfect time of year to be going to art openings. Take a drive on the Parkway, see that the leaves have started turning already... bittersweet autumnal beginnings...

Have fun seeing new things,

Ben Larrabee exhibiting on Nantucket, show opens May 23

"Lily, Nantucket, 2007" © Ben Larrabee

Ben Larrabee's fine art portraits will be exhibited at The Sconset Cafe on 8 Main St. in Siasconset on Nantucket Island from May 23 to September 22, 2009. Larrabee's portraits capture a rare, relaxed intimacy in the families he photographs. He considers his purpose "to reveal those fleeting, yet memorable glimpses of life we take for granted, moments every family has but rarely sees revealed in photographs."

photographs of exhibition
at Sconset Cafe
© Ben Larrabee 2009