Richard Benson, Puerto Rico, 2007, color photograph, 20 x 13 3/8".

Richard Benson

Pace/MacGill Gallery

Richard Benson, Puerto Rico, 2007, color photograph, 20 x 13 3/8".

Puerto Rico, 2007, despite being one of only two photographs in this large exhibition to have been made outside the continental United States, is emblematic of photographer Richard Benson’s series “North South East West,” 2005–11. The image’s subject, an isolated tropical tree at the edge of a parking lot, is representative in its humbleness and outdoor, out-of-the-way location. The sky behind it, as in many of the show’s photographs, is a rich cerulean, the clouds near the horizon puffy and white; shadows are nonexistent. The tree’s visual similarity to a peacock’s tail feathers metaphorically suggests a central element of Benson’s achievement: the rich and varied colors he creates with his signature “multiple impression pigment prints.” The slash of orange wending across the bottom of the frame surprises in its brightness and purity. It must be seen in person to be believed—more

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