Brian Doben was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Doben's editorial clients (including Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, and Town & Country) have sent him to far-flung locations like Madagascar, Argentina, Antarctica, New Zealand, Tokyo, and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Each of these countries' cultures have taught him new things about humans' approach to the important work they do and how to bring that to life. His fashion and celebrity covers are touted for their natural style. His advertising clientele – Chase Private Banking, Lexus, Sony, Monet Jewelry, DSW, Lily of France, and Elizabeth Arden, to name a few - benefit from the his ability to both compose complex images and capture authentic moments that emerge on their own under his direction.
Doben is the recipient of awards from the Society of Publication Designers, American Photography, and Photo District News. He was one of PDN's 30 Under 30, Kodak's Photographer of the year, and the inaugural photographer on PDN and Kodak's "Emerging Artists Series" website. His work is part of the Museum of the City of New York's permanent collection.
His ongoing project "At Work" from L.A. and Dallas to Tokyo and Mumbai documents everyone, from tattoo artists, sumo wrestlers, taxi drivers to chemists and prosthetic limb designers whereever they are, bringing him all over the world. The ongoing project is a study of our world and how the people in it follow their unique callings. The authentic touch he earned from 'At Work' has also been translated into his fashion and celebrity work, offering a natural style of photography unique to him. Doben released several dozen "At Work" portraits in an eponymous book and the photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles selected some of the images for its annual exhibition in 2013. Since then he has released a steady stream of portraits over the years.
Currently, Doben lives outside Boston with his wife and daughter.