Ben Hopper lives and works in Hackney Wick (London, UK) but often travels and works around the globe.
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AboutBen Hopper is an artist using photography as his main medium, and people as his main subject.
Since 2007, Hopper has been creating fine art photography projects from his base in London, focusing on contemporary circus, dance and nudes. Through his work, Hopper showcases beauty of the human form and utilises his photography to explore sexuality, challenge identity and gender. He strives to raise awareness surrounding nudity censorship and social taboos. His current and future projects dive into the nature of our core emotions and the human condition.
Hopper’s personal work has reached a wide online audience through media outlets including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ELLE, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, GQ and more.
His controversial project ‘Natural Beauty’ sparked a global discussion after going viral in early 2014. It reached tens of millions and shaped a cultural trend of women letting their armpit hair grow.
Hopper’s ‘Naked Unicorn’ image from his project ‘Naked with Masks’ has become an Internet meme after its release in 2010.
This exposure led to his combined social media following to peak at nearly 250k.
Since 2010, Hopper has produced and participated in over 30 exhibitions, ran 3 successful crowd-funding Kickstarter campaigns and won 2 grants from the Arts Council of England. His exhibitions were attended by tens of thousands.
Commercially, Hopper has been working closely with local and international artists, companies and venues to produce both promotional imagery and material for creative projects. His clients and partners include Cirque du Soleil, The Roundhouse, Secret Cinema, Canon, Rambert Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre and more.
Selected clients (in alphabetical order)
Ballantine's (UK), Canon, CIRCa Festival (France), Cirque du Soleil (Canada), DOCH; Stockholm University of Dance and Circus (Sweden), Dom Pérignon Rosé (UK), DV8 Physical Theatre (UK), FEDEC; European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (Belgium), Le Lido Circus School (France), Les 7 doigts de la main / The 7 Fingers (Canada), Phase One (Denmark), Rambert Dance Company (UK), Secret Cinema, The Roundhouse (UK), Torture Garden (UK).
Selected Publications, Magazines & Press (in alphabetical order)
AOL, Bizarre, (UK), Bored Panda, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, DailyMail, Éditions Textuel (France), ELLE (France), Glamour, GQ (Germany), ITV Loose Women (UK), Juxtapoz, La Repubblica (Italy), Le Figaro (France), Mako (Israel), Metro (Russia), PolicyMic.com, POLITIKEN (Denmark), Strada by HorsLesMurs (France), Stylist (France), Tate Publishing (UK), Telegraph (UK), The Guardian (UK), The Huffington Post, W Radio Colombia, Yahoo.
Press and Write-upsNatural Beauty: Huffington Post, Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, ELLE (FR), Telegraph, PolicyMic, BuzzFeed, Bored Panda.
Transfiguration: The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, ViralNova, Bored Panda, Design You Trust, Juxtapoz Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, EverythingWithATwist, iGNANT, The Phoblographer, Modernism.
Interviews2016.04 Roundhouse: "It's an admiration of beauty" photographer Ben Hopper on Transfiguration
2016.01 Kickonomy: Transfiguration and Crowdfunding
2016.02 Resonance 104.4 FM (Radio): Crowdfunding as part of ‘Art Survival Strategies in London’
2015.12 The Phoblographer: Transfiguration: A Study of Humans and Shapes (Slightly NSFW)
2015.08 C-Heads Magazine: “I think we are naturally attracted to beauty” A talk with Ben Hopper
2015.03 IntoConnection (YouTube): Photographer Experiments With The Natural Beauty Of Women
2015.02 Cultural Evolutionx (Russia): 7 questions for a photographer
2014.05 Mamiya Leaf: "It's like she's saying 'I’m confident with my body and I don’t care what you think'" - an interview about Natural Beauty.
2013.07 art-magazin.de (Germany): Akt Now!
2012.05 UNDR RPBLC Magazine: Conversation with Ben Hopper.
Find all interviews on Hopper's blog.
2016 Apr 29 - May 8 “Transfiguration” @ Truman Brewery. London, UK.
2016 Apr 4-24 “Transfiguration” @ The Roundhouse (as part of CircusFest). London, UK.
2016 Jan 28-31 “Transfiguration” @ Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Paris, France.
2013 Sept 5 - 30 “Giving Something Back” @ Stour Space. London, UK.
2012 Dec 5 “Self Assigned Open Studio Pop Up Exhibition #2” @ Ben Hopper's studio. London, UK.
2012 Oct 26 - Nov 4 “Circle at CIRCa” @ CIRCa Festival. Auch, France.
2012 Aug 16 “Circus” @ ditto. London, UK.
2012 Jun “THE BLACK AND WHITES (Some More)” @ The Yard. London, UK.
2012 Apr “Circle at CIRCa” @ artsdepot. London, UK.
2012 Mar-Apr “WickED Circus” @ Jacksons Lane. London, UK.
2010 May “THE BLACK AND WHITES” @ Pangea Project. London, UK.
2018 Sept-Nov "Individualised" by Dots To Lines @ NR STUDIO. London, UK.
2018 Nov 17-25 "MODERN PANIC IX" @ Archive Gallery. London, UK.
2018 Oct 5-7 "PROTOCOL" @ Q-Park Cavendish Square. London, UK.
2016 Mar 8-12 “#STOPJECTIFY” @ Gallery Different. London, UK.
2015 Feb 22 “Chinese Open: Year Of The Sheep” @ Q-Park, Chinatown. London, UK.
2014 Mar 20-27 “Reeps One A.D.O” (Yeff & Hopper) @ Londonewcastle. London, UK.
2014 Feb 2 “Chinese Open: Year Of The Horse” @ Q-Park, Chinatown. London, UK.
2013 Oct 18-20 "BIG DEAL NO 5” @ Q-Park Cavendish Square. London, UK.
2013 Feb 19-23 “GIANT / GÉANT” @ Espace Beaurepaire. Paris, France.
2013 Feb 10 “Chinese Open” @ Q-Park, Chinatown. London, UK.
2012 Dec - 2013 Mar “Salon III” @ Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery. London, UK.
2012 Oct "BIG DEAL NO 4” - An online exhibition curated by Vanya Balogh.
2012 Aug-Sept “Torture Garden Exposed” @ The Flying Dutchman. London, UK.
2012 Jul-Sep "WickED Circus" as part of “From The Shadows” @ Stour Space. London, UK.
2012 Apr “Social Circus” @ The Roundhouse. London, UK.
2011 Dec 1 "In a Box” as part of “Unpublished Magazine #03” @ Le Dictateur Gallery. Milan, Italy.
2011 Aug-Sept “The Individual in the Eye of the Camera” @ Chagall House. Haifa, Israel.
2011 June "In a Box” as part of Guerrilla Zoo’s “Modern Panic” @ The Old Abattoir. London, UK.
2011 May-Jun “Dasein: An Invitation to Hang” @ Ace Hotel. NY, USA.
2010 Dec-Jan "BIG DEAL NO 3" @ THE COLLECTIVE. London, Uk.
2010 Jun "MINISCULE" @ Oblong Gallery. London, UK.
2010 Jul "Naked Girls with Masks” as part of ACT ART 8 "CENSORED" @ London, UK.
2010 Jul "BHVU Open '10" @ BHVU Gallery. London, UK.
2017 Jan "MAKE 100: 'The Forest Project' Limited Edition Print";
Successfully raised £2,459 out of a £100 target with 40 backers.
2016 Nov-Dec "'Transfiguration' Photo-Project Exhibitions by Ben Hopper";
Successfully raised £5,560 out of a £4,500 target with 139 backers.
2013 Aug-Sept "Giving Something Back: Exhibition by Ben Hopper";
Successfully raised £3,398 out of a £2,000 target with 83 backers.
2016 Aug 26 "How I am crowdfunding" @ Cirque du Soleil HQ. Montreal, Canada.
2016 Jan 29 "How I am crowdfunding" @ Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Paris, France.
Canon / Phase One / Teamwork Digital / Peartree Photo / theprintspace / Arts Council England
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