ArtQuench Gallery Presents Resident Artist
H. Allen Benowitz
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H. Allen Benowitz
My private passion for photography is motivated by my love of life. My purpose is to capture and share my visual adventures and travels with you. My initial attraction to photography started as a child. I enjoyed taking candid shots of my friends at the children’s home where I was raised.
Year Book: High School Honor Society 1959
Childhood friends from the Pride of Judea Children’s Home 1959
1950’s Minox Spy Camera
As an adult, reflecting on my childhood, I realized that I needed to capture these images as something to hold on to; these friends were my real family and the pattern has continued into adulthood. My early passion resurfaced one morning upon seeing my six-year old son and our black and white springer spaniel bathed in a sunbeam through an amber stained-glass window. I captured the moment in a photograph which received honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest. That “Kodak moment” reawakened those early desires. When a local professor of art urged me to enter my work at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival, I was astounded and flattered to win a judges’ award for a photo taken of a wood duck at the Bok Tower reflection pool in Lake Wales, Florida. Over the years, my work has been featured in numerous publications, including Miami Monthly Magazine, Coastal Elegance & Wealth Magazine, ARTnews, Art Business News, the Laurel of Asheville. Art & Beyond Magazine, and the 2014 International Contemporary Artists art book, Volume IX, entitled “An Exploring Journey to Art.” I soon realized that something I loved was being appreciated by others. This newfound credibility launched a more serious focus on an unrealized talent. A pioneer in my own court reporting profession, I was credited with performing the first videotape deposition in the nation, and later founding the first videoconference network in the United States for the legal community. Having captured the spoken word and memorializing same on paper, and later on disk, the camera became a natural segue and my eye for detail moved from the courtroom to the world. I consider myself a life sampler, which is reflected in the variety of my work. Inspired by a trip to the Orient, in addition to color photography, I rediscovered the dramatic effect of black and white images.
Please enjoy the additional passion for which I feel truly blessed. BIO: H. Allen Benowitz, a self-taught photographer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides with his wife, Jo. Allen & Jo
Jenna, Michael, Josh, Grandpa
They enjoy living at their log home in Burnsville, NC, from spring to fall. As an evolution from the accomplishments of his professional court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing career, the camera became a natural segue to photography, awakening an earlier passion from childhood. Recognition for his work includes a Judges’ Award , University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention, International Kodak Contest; and winner, American Institute of Architects global competition. His work has also appeared in galleries in Coral Gables, FL, and in the Wynwood and Miami Design Districts. Among numerous publications in which he has been featured are The ARTnews, Laurel of Asheville, Art & Beyond, and Art Business News magazines. Two of his visual works of art have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 International Contemporary Artists art book, Volume IX, entitled “An Exploring Journey to Art.” Mr. Benowitz has also been chosen as one of Art Business News’ Top Emerging Artists for 2014, published in its fall edition. His photo subjects include Nature, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure travel. His highly acclaimed photo, “Behind the Wall,” received national recognition at Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s Holocaust Remembrance Project Awards Dinner in Washington, D. C. Mr. Benowitz has been invited by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem de Tan-Tan annual festival.
20,000 tribesmen and foreign dignitaries met for a cultural and professional exchange mission south of Casablanca in the Sahara Desert. It has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities. Mr. Benowitz has also lectured and exhibited in museums and galleries in North Carolina. Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.”
Allen, Coco, wife Jo, and Eddie Cohen
[Alumnus, Pride of Judea Children’s Home];
exhibit booth at Las Olas Art Festival 2015
Exhibit Booth, Gifford Lane Art Show, Coconut Grove, FL 2007
Art Festival Exhibit Booth
On Location: Shenandoah Valley
His recent exhibitions: The Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC; Las Olas Art Festival, FL; the Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC; Art & Culture Center of Hollywood; Spectrum-Miami; and Coral Gables Museum. His work may be viewed and ordered online:
“More recently, as a result of the Exposure Award international competition, his work has been displayed at the
Musee du Louvre in Paris, and published in the Exposure Award Portraiture Book, July 2015.”
[Nov-May]: 1800 NE 114 Street – 1710, Miami, FL 33181-3412; 305.586.1181 C.
[June-Oct]: 334 Whispering Pine Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714. 828.682.1327 Land; 305.586.1181 C
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