Delbarton School in Morristown is pleased to exhibit the photographs of artist/photographer Judi Benvenuti during the “Benevenuti in Italia” exhibit in the Delbarton Fine Arts Center from Nov. 14 to Jan. 13. All images are for sale with 20 percent of the profits donated to the Civil Protection Department which continues to be instrumental in helping Italian earthquake victims.
Benvenuti is a freelance photographer based in Mendham and has been taking pictures since she first picked up the family’s box camera decades ago in East Orange where she was raised. As the technology of photography and film evolved, so too did Benvenuti’s skills.
After receiving a degree at College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, Benvenuti earned fine arts master credits at Columbia University Teachers College, then moved to Europe where she taught in Department of Defense schools in Germany and the UK. Her images of Festivals in Europe were published in National Geographic School Edition and inspired an even deeper passion for photography.
Benvenuti studied with renowned photographers Ansel Adams in Yosemite, and George Tice, Robert Mapplethorpe and Lynn Davis in NYC. She began her freelance business and the National Park Service commissioned her to produce the book “Morristown the War Years 1775-1793.”
Benvenuti has participated in numerous one woman exhibits and group shows throughout the metropolitan area. For 15 years, she was an adjunct professor of photography at Drew University.
Her current exhibit “Benvenuti in Italia,” filled with stunning photos of Venice and Tuscany, could easily be renamed ‘Italia by Phone.’ After many years in the darkroom developing her technical skills, Benvenuti made the leap to digital photography. In fact, every image in this current show were taken with a – “brace yourself” – iPhone6 smartphone!
The Delbarton community and area residents are invited to attend the opening reception on Nov. 14 at the Delbarton School.