Referred to by Vanity Fair as a “photographer specializing in the surreal,” Kelsey Bennett is noted for a style that depicts a “super-real life.”
While at school in Boston, she got her start as a photographer shooting covers for a local magazine called The Weekly Dig. Kelsey has since shot for FLATT Magazine, BULLETT, and backstage fashion week for designers Prabal Gurung and Alexandar Wang. As well as shooting her own work, Kelsey has assisted photographers Annie Leibovitz, Danielle Levitt, and Lele Saveri.
In 2010, Bennett had her first solo exhibition, Hypnogogia, with The Christopher Henry Gallery. Since then she has had a solo show with Gawker Artists entitled, On The Lam. Her work has also been featured at The Lu Magnus Gallery, Scope Art Fair in Florida, and Fountain Art Fair in New York. In 2011, Kelsey had her second exhibition with the The Christopher Henry Gallery entitled Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, the story of a James Brown impersonator.
Over the past year, Kelsey has been working with her grandfather, singer Tony Bennett, on his Duets II album. For this project she traveled the world photographing legends such as Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, and Lady Gaga. The photos were also shown at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York.
As well as shooting stills, Bennett is art director for the New York based band, Skaters. With Skaters she directed her first music video, for which she was recognized by BULLETT magazine as “…an exciting young visual artist.”
Kelsey most recently co-curated an exhibit at the National Arts Club including over 30 artists. In the summer of 2014 she traveled to London for a residency with Girls Only, an all female art collective. She shoots polaroids regularly for Interview Magazine and she is currently working as the art curator on the new Todd Solondz movie.