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Linda Benedict-Jones
Dates: American, born 1947
Biographical Account:

Linda Benedict Jones is an American Photographer, lecturer and curator of photography. She was born in 1947 in Wisconsin, USA, and took up photography in the late 1960s.

In 1982 she enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to undertake a Master’s Degree in Visual Studies. She then became a teacher at several institutions including Northeastern University, Harvard Extension School, University of Pittsburgh and more recently at Carnegie Mellon University. As well as teaching, Benedict-Jones has also been Curator of the Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1969 she left America for Europe, where she spent time in Portugal and France. She lived in London for two years, where she taught at the London College of Printing in Elephant and Castle between 1977 and 1979. She was also artist in residence here. In the 1970s, Benedict-Jones was doing a range of work, but it was her self-portraiture that was getting the most attention. ‘I was one of many women who chose to photograph ourselves because, I suppose, we were feeling the first effects of Women’s Liberation and the legitimacy of self-expression.’

She left Europe in 1979 to return home to America. Her experience in London inspired her to teach photography at college level.

In 1993 she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she became Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography and the Curator of Education at Frick Art & Historical Center. She later became the Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, a post she held until 2014.

Benedict-Jones has collections at The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Photographic Gallery of Southampton. She is now partially retired but still teaches history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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