I am excited to announce the creation of my new and improved website shannonbenine.com!


Click on the arrows on the bottom left or use the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll through the images within each project.


An oldie but a goodie…I like to share this video from NOVA Science Now with my students in my Digital Imaging classes.

Profile: Hany Farid
This self-proclaimed “accidental scientist” is a digital detective inventing new ways to tell if photos have been faked. Be sure to check out the Real or Fake site and try your hand at differentiating doctored from untouched photos.
Aired June 25, 2008 on PBS

I was recently invited to be a featured artist on 10yearsandcounting.com. Check it out.

“Sept 11 – Oct 7, 2011 will mark the ten year anniversary of our nation continuously at war.
10 Years + Counting invites artists and others to take this historic moment as inspiration and use the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war and imagine a more peaceful world.”

I first learned of this great online project produced by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, from Marvin Heiferman last year at SPE while it was being developed. It is now live so check it out.

click! photography changes everything (www.click.si.edu) is a provocative rethinking of photography’s cultural impact that invites site visitors to explore the many ways photographic images enable us to visualize, comprehend, and interact with the world we live in.

click! features approximately 100 readable and informative short texts about the power of photography, written by an eclectic range of project contributors: educators, writers, inventors, artists, public figures, and selected visitors to the website. The subject matter is diverse, too; click! is organized thematically and explores how photography changes who we are, where we go, what we see, what we want, what we do, and what we will remember. Each of the short texts published is illustrated with images chosen by project contributors and related images selected from the Smithsonian’s vast collection of over 13 million images.

As digital technology is altering the form, content, and transmission of camera imagery, click! photography changes everything provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the history, practice, and power of photography. As we’ve learned from educators already using click! in their classrooms, the project provides new content and fresh perspectives and encourages site visitors to explore the role photographic images play as active agents of change in the sciences, social sciences, the arts and humanities, and in our everyday lives.

– via Marvin Heiferman, Curator, click! photography changes everything, Smithsonian Photography Initiative

From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Smith’s work has remained in archives until now. The Jazz Loft Project is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind this legendary moment in American cultural history.

The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was created using a remarkable archive of thousands of hours of tape recorded by a great photographer, W. Eugene Smith, in his loft building on Sixth Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets in New York. From that tape, certain sounds and stories emerged that became the focus of the series.

– via The Jazz Loft Project + The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series

Thanks to Jeremiah for link!



I recently discovered photogram.org, a site dedicated to photograms. Check out their exhibition calendar, artist archive and fun facts about photograms. Enjoy audio clips from artists such as Adam Fuss and see great work from artists working in photograms like Walter Ebenhofer.

TED Talks



I had a student remind me today of why I love TED talks (thanks Blake). Take the time to listen to some of the great photo related talks…

Olafur Eliasson
Vik Muniz

Edward Burtynsky

James Nachtwey
Phil Borges
Kristen Ashburn
James Balog (www.extremeicesurvey.org)
Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Photosynth)