• Profile:

    Benjamin J. Young is a historian of art and photography who writes about contemporary art, documentary photography, and the politics of images. He is managing editor of Grey Room, a quarterly academic journal of art, architecture, media, and politics published by MIT Press. He is also an advisor to the Curatorial Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. He is currently turning his dissertation, “Sympathetic Materialism: Allan Sekula’s Photo-Works, 1971–2000” (University of California, Berkeley), into a book. Recent publications include “Documents and Documentary: San Diego, c. 1973,” in The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium, ed. Jill Dawsey, exh. cat. (San Diego: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Oakland: University of California Press, 2016); and “Allan Sekula and the Traffic in Photographs,” special issue, ed. Marie Muracciole and Benjamin J. Young, Grey Room 55 (Spring 2014). More information is available at

    Current Courses:

    History of Photography (Fall 2018)