harvard colloquy magazine

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Ben Gebo | No Comments

Photography is a balance of exploration and trusting your gut. I try to keep the amount of people on set small. When possible, it’s my subject, assistant and myself. The more photo gear and people involved can make anyone in front of the camera timid. I shot the majority of these with one light and a reflector. “Don’t overthink this!” is what I say to myself.

For my last job shooting for Harvard’s Colloquy magazine, I was asked to photograph PhD Candidates for various articles. I shot all over the campus as well as outside of it. Like most editorial photography jobs, I’m not given an abundance of time to make away with a successful portrait. Too much of anything isn’t good, including time. My approach to photography is minimalism. Restraints enable creativity.

Vinidhra Mani at MGH Charlestown. We took many pictures in her lab space, but ended up loving the warmth of the lobby. We had about three minutes before we got shut down there and had to finish shooting in her lab. This was the first picture I took of Vini and it turned out to be the editor’s favorite!


Chris Faes at the Center for Astrophysics. We shot a bunch of photos at The Great Refractor, which was the largest telescope in the world for twenty years when it was built in 1857. While it was fun shooting in an area so rich with history, we ended up going with a shot of Chris in front of a digital representation of the sun’s color spectrum.



Me at work. Photo courtesy of my assistant Justin Hamel.

Julianne VanWagenen at the Dudley House Library. It was a rainy day, so shooting outside wasn’t ideal. I’ve shot inside this library more than anywhere else on Harvard’s campus. It was tricky relying on whispers and tiptoeing around students working, but I feel it aided in bringing a level of tranquility.


Erin Fletcher in Harvard Square. This was biggest logistical nightmare of all the shoots for this issue. The shot called for a lot of motion with plenty of header space for text. It was raining and we attempted to shoot this in the street right in the square. We had about twenty seconds per take due to the length of the crosswalk signal. Inevitably, it didn’t work. Once we admitted defeat, we found a spot on the sidewalk that gave us what we needed.


Tee Arichiaryet in the Zhou lab of the Sherman Fairchild building. Tee was a pleasure to photograph. He gave me plenty of time to work and had some good ideas for locations. We shot in about four spots, but ended up going with the close-up of him outside the building. I couldn’t help but capturing him in his lab space.





Phoebe DeVries at the Natural History Museum. We took many photos in the museum itself, but found shooting with the maps was more successful. I was a cartographer in another life, so this backdrop really spoke to me visually. The map had tectonic features, which made the colors painterly and wonderful.


I initially shot Adam Anderson in 2014 when he was chosen as a Harvard Horizons scholar. I think we spent more time talking about ancient Mesopotamia than we did taking pictures. Friendly, cool dude.


You can view the the Spring issue of Colloquy here.

id boston magazine

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Ben Gebo | No Comments

I had some recent work of mine featured in the latest issue of ID Boston magazine. Have a look!

The Boston Design Center had me follow around high school students for their Job Shadow Day. The students were picked because of their interest in becoming interior designers and were given a first hand experience on what it’s like from the inside the industry.2015-07-20_ben_gebo_id_boston-01jamestown_shadow_day-31 jamestown_shadow_day-40

A feature in the magazine was a home I photographed in Osterville, MA for Annsley Interiors. A truly stunning home in the cape that resembles a cottage, but is a nine bedroom paradise on the water. I was ready for a lemonade and a swim once the shoot was over!

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magic, interiors & new england home

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Ben Gebo | No Comments

I was featured throughout a recent issue of New England Home and the last issue of Harvard’s Colloquy.

I sat in on two classes at Harvard. One was a book making class at the Widener Library and the other was a class called “Con Men, Neuroscience and Magic: How the World of Illusion Can Inform Our Understanding of Human Perception.” It was pretty fun to see one mind bending magician after another freak people out. One of the more unique shoots I’ve done for Harvard.

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Pictures of mine in the table of contents and notes section of Colloquy.

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Below is a photo I shot at the 2014 Harvard Horizons Symposium. Speaking on stage is Tom Norman who studies Systems Biology. Take a look at his talk “Decisions, Decisions: The Eclectic Lives of Individual Cells.”

I also had some of my work featured in New England Home Magazine. The first few shots are from a project I worked on with Pinney Designs and landscape architect Andrea Nilson Morse. You can view all of the photos from that shoot here. Ben Gebo Photography

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In the same issue, I also had some of my work featured in the “Before and After” section. Photographed for Suzanne Pascucci and Holly Wood of Labalise Interiors.
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Here is an advertisement I shot for Danit Ben-Ari of Interior Transformations. This was photographed in a beautiful Newton home last year. The rest of the photos from this shoot can be found here.

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id boston

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by Ben Gebo | No Comments

I have been working with the Boston Design Center since Jamestown has acquired the building in 2013. It’s gained a lot of creative growth since I’ve had the privilege to work with the amazing people there. Since our partnership, I have shot everything from portraits, architecture, still-life and events for them. In addition, I get access to amazing panel discussions they put on.

I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with! Please have a look at some photos from the latest issue of the design center’s magazine ID Boston.

Liz Powers of Artlifting


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