Michael Benson

Michael Benson is a writer, film-maker, and photographer. In recent years he has authored a series of illustrated books with space themes for Abrams, the leading publisher of art books in the United States. His new book, Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, was well in reviewed in The New York Times, The LA Times, and other publications. Benson's Beyond exhibition projects are based on his book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, which has been published in English, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. Beyond exhibitions of varying sizes have toured Europe and North America, and limited-edition prints from the Beyond project produced by Benson's company, Kinetikon Pictures, have been acquired by museums and private collectors.

Benson has contributed feature articles and photographs to many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, and other newspapers, including many Op-Ed pieces. His 2003 article for The New Yorker on NASA's mission to Jupiter, "What Galileo Saw," was recently reprinted in the anthology The Best of Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins, 2010). Benson's film Predictions of Fire (1995) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won several best documentary awards internationally. Recently he worked with director Terrence Malick to help produce space sequences for two of Malick's upcoming films, Tree of Life and Voyage of Time. Benson's next book, Nanocosmos, also for Abrams, will focus on electron microscope photography. He is also starting an image-based blog, More Places Forever. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.