Ben Ripley is an artist working primarily in extended photography. In the inventive spirit at the dawn of photography, he devises new and unexpected ways of recording, rendering, and looking. In particular he is interested in reimagining the mechanisms and values of established media such as text and analog photography as a way of reorienting histories. His work often seeks a harmony between the physics of the material world and inner feelings. Other concerns are definitions of race, the limits of language, and explanations of visual experience. He is currently finishing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).