Benedict Cosgrove
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Benedict Cosgrove

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Benedict Cosgrove

writer | editorNew York, United States
About me
After stints in a number of fields — bookstores, restaurants, construction — I started writing professionally in the early 1990s, and have worked as a writer and editor ever since. -- Helped launch sites like Wired's Netizen and the award-winning photography site, LIFE.com; worked at Time Inc. for years and Condé Nast for a minute; served as managing editor for the pioneering arts, tech, and culture 'zine, FEED. -- Contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Smithsonian, CNN.com, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, et al. -- Created branded content for the likes of Mini, Microsoft, Case Foundation, more. -- Books: Wrote the Foreword to Joseph Szabo's collection of photos from the 1970s and '80s, "Hometown" (Damiani, 2020) and the biography of a remarkable businessman and inventor named Jim Miller, "Nothing Bad Ever Happens" (2017); edited the anthologies "Covering the Bases" and "Gluttony," both published by Chronicle Books. -- Currently pursuing a master's degree in Information and Library Science (University at Buffalo) and occasionally contributing freelance work to the usual outlets.
Projects
  • A Conversation With the Coolest Man in New York: Milton Glaser
    A Conversation With the Coolest Man in New York: Milton Glaser"My whole life," Glaser told me, "has been devoted to this thing called art, which is really all about making things."
  • The LIFE Magazine Covers That Never Were
    The LIFE Magazine Covers That Never WereTurns out many of the "classic" LIFE magazine covers featured in a popular 2013 movie were never covers at all.
  • The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS
    The Photo That Changed the Face of AIDSPhotographer Therese Frare shares the story of how, as a young journalism student, she captured one of the most harrowing, controversial pictures to emerge from the pandemic.
  • LIFE Rides With Hells Angels
    LIFE Rides With Hells AngelsIn early 1965, LIFE magazine photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent weeks with dozens of Hells Angels in California. Ray's photos never ran in the magazine. Here they are, along with the story of Bill's and Joe's (mis)adventures.
  • Orwell's Ode to Spring
    Orwell's Ode to SpringThe author of "1984" and "Homage to Catalonia" wrote about nature as eloquently as he wrote about everything else.
  • Fishing With My Daughter
    Fishing With My DaughterAn essay on fatherhood, memory, and the rewards of "staying open to the rhythms of the natural world."
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    National Magazine Award / Editorial Excellence / Photography / Digital MediaAmerican Society of Magazine Editors
    The first incarnation of LIFE.com, where I was Deputy Editor, won the 2011 Ellie -- named for the metal Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant" that accompanies the award -- for "the use of photography that demonstrates the unique capabilities of digital media."