Ben Hopper is a fine art photographer working mainly in the performing arts.
Since 2007 he 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, The School of Dance and Circus (DOCH) at Stockholm University of the Arts, The European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC), Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers), DV8 Physical Theatre, and more.
Hopper’s photography has been featured by a wide range of organisations across the arts sector, including acclaimed publishers / exhibitors 125, legendary event producers Secret Cinema, and a variety of cultural venues and festivals including Jacksons Lane in London and CIRCa Festival in France.
Hopper’s photography has also reached a wide online audience through media outlets including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ELLE, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and GQ.
His controversial project ‘Natural Beauty’, has reached millions around the world after going viral in April 2014.
Since 2010, Hopper has participated in over 30 exhibitions, and following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 his first major solo show 'Giving Something Back' was attended by 5000 people.
In 2016 Hopper exhibited his project Transfiguration in Paris at Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain following a 2nd successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2015.
The Paris exhibition was followed by 2 London shows:
In April at The Roundhouse (London) as part of their contemporary circus festival CircusFest and in May at The Truman Brewery in the heart of Brick Lane. The London exhibitions were supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The Transfiguration exhibitions were attended by over 35,000 people.
Ben Hopper lives and works in Hackney Wick (London, UK) but often travels and works around the globe.
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.
Selected clients (in alphabetical order)
Boujis (UK), Chisenhale Dance Space (UK), Cie AKOREACRO (France), Cie Ea Eo (France), CIRCa Festival (France), Cirque du Soleil (Canada), Cridacompany (France), DOCH; Stockholm University of Dance and Circus (Sweden), Dom Pérignon Rosé (UK), DV8 Physical Theatre (UK), Eclipse (UK), FEDEC; European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (Belgium), Hebrew University (UK), Hess (UK), Ignite Group (UK), JW3; Jewish Community Centre London (UK), Le Lido Circus School (France), Les 7 doigts de la main / The 7 Fingers (Canada), Lyon Circus School (France), Maddox (UK), Nizan Inbar Project Management (Israel), Nozomi (UK), Premier PR (UK), Rosny Circus School (France), The Israeli Juggling Convention (Israel), The Roundhouse (UK), Torture Garden (UK), White Mischief (UK).
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.
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