Ben Zank was born in the Bronx in New York. At the age of 18 he began taking photographs for fun after he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic. His self-portraits aim to stretch the viewer’s imagination and express his feelings when words fail.
Portraits from Philippe Halsman’s Jump series
"Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits."
First row: Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner, William Holden
Second Row: Eartha Kitt, Danny Kaye, Eva Marie Saint
Third Row: Donald O’Connor, Kim Novak, Harold Lloyd
Fourth Row: Marilyn Monroe, Maurice Chevalier, Lena Horne
Fifth Row: Groucho Marx, Grace Kelly, Ray Bolger
Sixth Row: Sophia Loren, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Audrey Hepburn