Ben Chinn & friends at Harry’s Bar, Paris, 1950

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

De Anza College Gallery, Cupertino, California, 1965

 

Benjamen Chinn at Home in San Francisco. Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco, 2003

 

Benjamen Chinn: Photographs of Paris: 1949-1950, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, 2005/6

 

Benjamen Chinn: Paris 1950 -1951, SFO Museum, Terminal 3/Gate 76, September 2011 - November 2011  More here

 

Benjamen Chinn’s Paris: 1950 - 1951, Smith Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo CA, October 2011 More here.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

Mendocino, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1948

 

Perceptions, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1954

 

Mt. Angel College, Mt. Angel, Oregon, 1964

 

San Francisco Arts Festival, San Francisco, 1960’s (four consecutive years)

 

California School of Fine Arts 125th Anniversary Exhibit, Focus Gallery, San Francisco, 1972

 

Alumni Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, Anniversary Exhibition, Focus Gallery, San Francisco, 1981

 

San Francisco Art Institute: 50 Years of Photography, Transamerica Pyramid Gallery, San Francisco, 1998

 

Leading the Way: Asian American Artists of the Older Generation, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, 2001

 

The First Decade 1946-1956, Alumni Work from The San Francisco Art Institute, Smith Anderson North Gallery, 2006

 

Perceptions: Bay Area Photography, 1945-1960, Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, CA, 2006

 

Celebrating 60 Years of Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Art Institute,  September 2006

 

Asian|American|Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970, de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2008

 

The Golden Decade: California School of Fine Arts Photography, 1945 - 1955. Smith Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo, 2010

 

The Golden Decade Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945 - 1955.   Mumm Napa Winery, Rutherford CA, 2014

 

HONORS

 

Selected to the West Coast Screening Committee, Family of Man Exhibition, 1951

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson

 

Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco

 

The Hallmark Photographic Collection, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Aperture No. 2, 1952, Cover photo

 

An American Century of Photography: From Dry Point to Digital, Vol.2, Keith Davis, Hallmark Photographic Collection, 1995

 

Benjamen Chinn, CAAABS project interview, August 14, 1998. Transcript, Asian American Art Project, Stanford University

 

Chinatown Losing Landmark, Anastasia Hendrix, San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2000

 

Leading the Way: Asian American Artists of the Older Generation, Irene Poon, Gordon College, 2001

 

Benjamen Chinn at Home in San Francisco, Chinese Historical Society of America, Exhibition Catalog, Irene Poon, Dennis Reed, and Paul Caponigro, 2003

 

Focus: Chinatown. Photographer studied with greats, traveled the world, but kept his sights on his neighborhood, Lord Martine, San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2003

 

Ten Photographers, 1946 – 54, The Legacy of Minor White: California School of Fine Arts, The Exhibition Perceptions, Deborah Klochko, 2004

 

The Moment of Seeing, Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko, 2006

 

San Francisco’s Chinatown, Judy Yung and the Chinese Historical Society of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2006

 

Asian American Art: A History, 1850 – 1970, Gordon Chang, Mark Dean Johnson and Paul Karlstrom, 2008

 

Asian|American|Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970, Daniell Cornell and Mark Dean Johnson, editors, 2008

 

Benjamen Chinn dies at 87, Jon Thurber, Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2009

 

Envisioning Diaspora, Asian American Visual Arts Collectives, Alexandra Chang, 2009

 

SFJAZZ 2012, TBW Books 2012 More here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Dior once made a special photographer’s cloak for Ben.  It was black on the inside and bright red on the outside.  Dior told Ben that the red was necessary so that the photographer could be seen better on the street.

 

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