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Born in Toronto, Canada, where he grew up. He was never quite sure what he wanted in life and fell in to many things by accident.

He played drums in a few punk rock groups, one of which was called the "Existers", with the single “Telex Love” that was produced by John Cale and another called the "Poles" that ha… Read More
Born in Toronto, Canada, where he grew up. He was never quite sure what he wanted in life and fell in to many things by accident.

He played drums in a few punk rock groups, one of which was called the "Existers", with the single “Telex Love” that was produced by John Cale and another called the "Poles" that had a semi successful hit called "CN Tower".

In the subsequent time frame he entered Carleton University in Ottawa, where he studied Architecture and went on to work in several companies including WZMH Architects who were best known for designing the CN Tower in Toronto and Ron Thom who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright.

After a serious accident where he fell from a five meter mezzanine, he literally fell in to photography. Benjamin was never an assistant to another photographer, his second ever shoot was an advertising campaign in Toronto.

He moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for just over a year and moved to New York.

In New York, he shot quite a few campaigns for Macy’s, The May Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as the Dayton Hudson Christmas book with Andie MacDowell, Elle MacPherson, Bitten Knudsen, Brooke Shields. He also shot several covers for VOGUE South America and VOGUE Mexico. He was the first Canadian photographer to ever shoot Kim Alexis for the cover of Chatelaine magazine.
He moved to Milan where he shot for Harper’s BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan. He came back to Toronto where he shot for Sears and got back to Europe. After six weeks in Paris, he was given an opportunity to shoot the Haute Couture for L'Officiel Paris. Since then he has shot for several prestigious magazines and advertising clients. (Swarovski, Fred, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lux, DIM, Le Bon Marché, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dayton Hudson - now Target, Sears, Macy’s, Nordstrom, The May Company, The Bay, Nouvelles Galeries, Galeries Lafayette...)

He has worked with some of the classic Super Models like Angie Everhart, Laetitia Firmin-Didot, Kelly Lebrock, Roberta Chirko, Carol Alt, Helena Christensen, Kirsten Owen, Karen Mulder, Adriana Sklenarikova Karembeu, Janice Dickinson and recently with Irina Lazareanu, Tetyana Brazhnyk, Katie Fogarty and Mathilde Frachon...

Benjamin Kanarek is a story teller and is renowned for his narrative photographic style as well as his innovative mastering of light.

Benjamin has consulted as a Creative Director for world-wide agencies and clients. Read Less
Some of the magazines he has been published in:
VOGUE Italy, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Brazil, RG VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE South America & VOGUE Mexico, Harper’s BAZAAR China, Harper’s BAZAAR en Español & Latin America, Harper’s BAZAAR Hong Kong, Harper’s BAZAAR Italy, L’Officiel Paris, New York Daily News, Fashion District … Read More
Some of the magazines he has been published in:
VOGUE Italy, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Brazil, RG VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE South America & VOGUE Mexico, Harper’s BAZAAR China, Harper’s BAZAAR en Español & Latin America, Harper’s BAZAAR Hong Kong, Harper’s BAZAAR Italy, L’Officiel Paris, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, “W” Magazine UK, Elle (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (French), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy), Glamour (French), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, Flare, Chatelaine, Biba, 100 Cose, Dealer Deluxe, Deutsch Magazine, Oyster, Icon, Issue One, Tank, West East Magazine… Read Less
Benjamin’s work has been exhibited for the first time in
"Les Rencontres d’Arles" in 1989.
Most recently at "La Santa BAC!" in Barcelona in 2006 "Antifashionsystem2"and 2008 "Réveille-toi".
And every year since 2005 at "Le Festival International de la Photographie de Mode" in Cannes.
Member Since: Feb 11, 2011