ABOUT BEN MCKEOWN


I was born in Raleigh, NC. I spent a few years living in Boone, NC, then Nashville, TN, where I worked as the photographer for Belmont University Athletics. I now live and work in North Carolina's Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).

Photography is for me a tool for finding meaning in the world.

I work regularly for the Associated Press, INDY Week, and The News & Observer. I've worked with and been published by major editorial clients/publications across the country and world, including:

New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, Miami Herald, The Outline, News & Observer, North State Journal, Triangle Business Journal, GW Magazine, Belmont University, The Nashville Symphony, UNC, Duke University, Middle Tennessee State University, Appalachian State University, NC State University, The Herald Sun, The Independent Weekly, and others.

I love people, particularly when we can connect honestly; I prefer cups of coffee over cocktail parties, small campfire moments over loud events. A portrait is great when it facilitates a meaningful connection. I believe that a photograph (or any art, for that matter) is only as good as the frame of mind of its creator.

(Bio photo by my friend and one of my favorite photographers, Bryan Tarnowski.)

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