Benjamin Kanarek

Benjamin Kanarek

Lives in France Paris, France
Works as a Fashion-Advertising Photographer/Director
Has a website at https://benjaminkanarek.com
Joined on Jul 16, 2011
About me:

Canadian in Paris. Professional Photographer, Video and Creative Director for over 35 years.

EXHIBITIONS

1989 – Special Guest "Arles Photo Festival".
2006 -2008 « La Santa BAC! » in Barcelona in 2006 “Antifashionsystem” and in 2008 “Réveille-toi”.
2005 – 2014 « International Festival of Fashion » in Cannes. As well as "Canon Photographer of the Year" in 2008
2015 – Benjamin Kanarek’s work featured at the « Jean Paul Gaultier » exhibition at The Grand Palace, Paris.
2020 – Benjamin Kanarek’s work featured on permanent display at the Rodin Museum, Paris.
2021 – A Bird’s-Eye View of Fashion Photography From Behind the Camera. The two-part exhibition features work from 37 photographers who hail from 16 different countries. Combined, the selection spans more than 90 years. Port Washington Public Library. The exhibition came about because Hearst, Nast and Lieberman once had homes in Sands Point, Port Washington. Located less than 30 miles from Manhattan at the tip of the Port Washington peninsula, Sands Point holds other literary lore: It was said to be the inspiration for the “East Egg” setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

EDITORIAL CLIENTS

VOGUE China, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE Portugal, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Italia, Harper’s BAZAAR China, Harper’s BAZAAR en Español, Harper’s BAZAAR Hong Kong, Harper’s BAZAAR Turkey, Harper’s BAZAAR Italia, ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec, ELLE Hong Kong, ELLE Mexico, ELLE Spain, ELLE Portugal, GLAMOUR Italia, GLAMOUR France, GRAZIA Italy, GRAZIA Russia, GRAZIA Mexico & Latin America, Depeche Mode, Paris Passion, Jardin des Modes, FASHION Magazine, FLARE, Châtelaine, L’OFFICIEL Paris, GLOBE, MADAME FIGARO, NEW YORK TIMES Magazine, Fashion District News, NUMERO Russia, SCMP Post Magazine, STYLE Magazine, W magazine, Spoon, West-East, WWD…

COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

Aldo, AB1 TV Network, Bernard Perris, Camaïeu, Chopard, Clinique Make Up, Dayton Hudson (Target), DIM, EDF, Fairweather, Fleur de Weil Fragrance, Fred Galeries Lafayette, Gemey, Holt Renfrew, Le Bon Marché, Le Château, Le Credit Mutuel, Le Nouvel Observateur, Les 4 Temps la Défense, Louis Vuitton, Lux Soap, Macy’s, Nina Ricci, Nordstrom, Nouvelles Galeries, Pirelli, Royalissime Fragrance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Soja Bio Star, Sport 2000, Swarovski, The Bay, The May Company, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zuhair Murad…

Comments

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On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1491 comments in total)

I have a couple of XT4's, as well as four XT3's and, have used them for the likes of VOGUE, ELLE and Numero magazines. We used the XT4's for our most recent videos..a few samples are below :

https://youtu.be/ozj4XVQWwbk
https://youtu.be/ChhNpyvSajs
https://youtu.be/EAHKxyLdNtA

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2021 at 22:08 UTC as 21st comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Benjamin Kanarek: Fujifilm is by far one of the most forward-thinking camera manufacturers. Their MF cameras are stellar and I have used my GFX50s's (I have two) for the likes of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, etc. It absolutely outperforms any of their MF rivals and is not as some say a poor mans MF camera. I know, because I have in the past used Blads for several campaigns and was so disappointed by their dismally slow performance. The dynamic range is absolutely amazing and the quality of their lenses just add to their stellar output and the reason why so many professionals like myself are gravitating towards Fujifilm. I also have several of their XT3 and 4 series bodies and love their output as well. Congrats to Fujifilm for their dedication to constantly improving their products and providing firmware updates whenever possible. Bravo!

That's OK...he is what he is. I do what I do and am proud of my accomplishments regardless of the tools I use, but what really bothered me was his pretentiousness to address me as "Kanarek". Arrogance to the max!

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 21:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Benjamin Kanarek: Fujifilm is by far one of the most forward-thinking camera manufacturers. Their MF cameras are stellar and I have used my GFX50s's (I have two) for the likes of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, etc. It absolutely outperforms any of their MF rivals and is not as some say a poor mans MF camera. I know, because I have in the past used Blads for several campaigns and was so disappointed by their dismally slow performance. The dynamic range is absolutely amazing and the quality of their lenses just add to their stellar output and the reason why so many professionals like myself are gravitating towards Fujifilm. I also have several of their XT3 and 4 series bodies and love their output as well. Congrats to Fujifilm for their dedication to constantly improving their products and providing firmware updates whenever possible. Bravo!

...despise...? Rather violent rhetoric for ones perspective on a brand... nonetheless, as they say, "if you haven't something good to say..." If you cannot, I suggest you pass on and leave your poisonous pedagogy elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2021 at 12:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Phillip Forsten: This camera offers no significant advantage, if any, over the Sony A7R4, and the Sony is cheaper and smaller.

I would absolutely love to see some of the work of those of you speaking with such solemn authority. In this discipline It is that which speaks more loudly than words. I am sure of that, as this has been my profession for over 35 years. Oh, and here is some of my stuff https://benjaminkanarek.com https://www.youtube.com/benjaminkanarek https://www.instagram.com/benjaminkanarek/

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 21:27 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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adengappasami: Biggest advantage is the sensor aspect ratio. I have the 645z and when it cones to framing and keeping the image without cropping while avoiding too wide a lens the medium format is much easier.

While I do have FF, the MF 645z sensor produces much cleaner image and a much cleaner sharpening artifacts.

The advantage is 4:3 for me more than anything else.

Agreed!

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 09:51 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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ChelseaPhotographer: @RichardButler & the rest of the DPReview crew, I think you miss the point completely. You guys dont know what its like to be an art photographer and struggle for years to come up w the money to buy a Digital Medium Format camera, when for years those things were $20K-$40K… The fact that Fuji is pricing that at $4K is nothing short of revolutionary. I know that for many of you that is not even a paycheck, but for a lot of people while $4K is still a lot of money, it is much more attainable than anything that has come before. And who know what amazing images might come w such a camera in the right hands… Nothing short of a Platinum award for Fuji!

Indeed! I own 2 GFX50s's and FF as well and the differences are jaw-dropping to say the least, especially with the DR and detail.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2021 at 09:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Phillip Forsten: This camera offers no significant advantage, if any, over the Sony A7R4, and the Sony is cheaper and smaller.

ok...

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 23:16 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Benjamin Kanarek: Fujifilm is by far one of the most forward-thinking camera manufacturers. Their MF cameras are stellar and I have used my GFX50s's (I have two) for the likes of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, etc. It absolutely outperforms any of their MF rivals and is not as some say a poor mans MF camera. I know, because I have in the past used Blads for several campaigns and was so disappointed by their dismally slow performance. The dynamic range is absolutely amazing and the quality of their lenses just add to their stellar output and the reason why so many professionals like myself are gravitating towards Fujifilm. I also have several of their XT3 and 4 series bodies and love their output as well. Congrats to Fujifilm for their dedication to constantly improving their products and providing firmware updates whenever possible. Bravo!

Thanks for the kind words
nameless0ne
:-)

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 18:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)
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Malling: Why are you comparing a MF with FF, you don’t seem to compare a ff with an APS-C or M4/3 or a APS-C with a smartphone.

It should be compared to actually competing products.

That would be an utter embarrassment for the competing products. That is why Fujifilm is cleaning up in the MF domain.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 17:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (534 comments in total)

Fujifilm is by far one of the most forward-thinking camera manufacturers. Their MF cameras are stellar and I have used my GFX50s's (I have two) for the likes of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, etc. It absolutely outperforms any of their MF rivals and is not as some say a poor mans MF camera. I know, because I have in the past used Blads for several campaigns and was so disappointed by their dismally slow performance. The dynamic range is absolutely amazing and the quality of their lenses just add to their stellar output and the reason why so many professionals like myself are gravitating towards Fujifilm. I also have several of their XT3 and 4 series bodies and love their output as well. Congrats to Fujifilm for their dedication to constantly improving their products and providing firmware updates whenever possible. Bravo!

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 16:15 UTC as 85th comment | 13 replies
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DarnGoodPhotos: The 100S is the first beautiful GFX, but it pales in comparison to the X1D.

IMO of course.

I love the design of the GFX50s. I have 2 of them. Gorgeous as is the 100s. I have used Blad for Ad campaigns pre my GFX's and they are just so slow cumbersome and overrated. No thanks. I'll stay with a tool that gets the job done. "Form Follows Function!"

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2021 at 15:56 UTC
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Botifarro: Blah blah blah.. there is no more Hasselblad, its CHINAblad now. The Sweeds will do no more and no less than what their masters tell them, end of story. Better sell this as Chinese enterprise for what it actually is now then a sappy fantasy-land European iconic thing that is no more.

And beside the fact that basically no one buys these cameras.. aka no one, these videos would have had their place back in 2016 when this camera was originally released. But now? Irrelevance, complete. Fujifilm eat their breakfast, their lunch, their dinner, and all their snacks in between long time ago.

Thank You

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2021 at 15:50 UTC
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Rob IJsselstein: I find it very annoying that with reviews like this there is no attention to extra creative possibilities. Let us be honest, all new cameras give you incredible good picture quality. So it is worth looking at the extra features. Yes, autofous and eye detection are now a hot issue. But what about time lapse, live double exposures, long exposures handheld, focus stacking, and so on. Hardly ever a word on those kind of things in reviews. And very soon, it wille be those kind of things that wille be key to the choices people will make.

Yep...I have seen some really bad stuff coming out of GFX100 shooters and great stuff from Canon Rebel camera shooters... It "ain't" the camera, it is the person holding the tool.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2021 at 12:35 UTC

The #Fujifilm #XT4 is not an enthusiast, but a very fine Professional camera as is the XT3. I have used the XT series for VOGUE, ELLE, Numéro, etc. magazines as well as several other commercial applications. I find the "enthusiast" moniker to be derogatory and off-putting. In fact, it is professional enough that one of our videos (again) has been nominated for Best Fashion Video of the Year. I do also own a couple of GFX50s MF cameras. All of my tools have their specific applications and are chosen for which support they will be seen in or on. So please, do me and all of us a favour and just call it a "very reliable tool that can be used for a multiplicity of applications".

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2021 at 12:28 UTC as 17th comment
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brownie314: Wow - all 5 Pentax users that frequent this website will be upset about this.

Stop....your killing me!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2021 at 20:17 UTC
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Benjamin Kanarek: I was recently published in VOGUE magazine with a major 10-page spread and shot with XT3 and 4. The video was nominated for Best Fashion Video of the year. https://thebkmag.com/2020/11/22/tiana-tolstoi-in-next-stop-paris-for-vogue-china-film-by-benjamin-kanarek/

Absolutely, as VOGUE has a huge online presence.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2021 at 11:48 UTC

I was recently published in VOGUE magazine with a major 10-page spread and shot with XT3 and 4. The video was nominated for Best Fashion Video of the year. https://thebkmag.com/2020/11/22/tiana-tolstoi-in-next-stop-paris-for-vogue-china-film-by-benjamin-kanarek/

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2021 at 20:04 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a1 review (2588 comments in total)

Looks very impressive indeed!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2021 at 11:31 UTC as 330th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S review (935 comments in total)

Every lens in the Fujifilm GFX arsenal is superb. I own 6 of them. They are all ranked in my "brutally sharp" category. I own 2 x GFX50s' and will purchase the Fujifilm 100s and keep the 50s's as well. They have something that is so special, I won't part with them. Will use the 100s for active image photo shoots and the 50s for the more sedentary photoshoots.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2021 at 00:23 UTC as 102nd comment | 1 reply
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elmo: What's old is new again. I have a couple of old mirror lenses. Fun for limited use.

At least Minolta made an AF mirror lens. I'm kind of surprised Tokina did not go that way -- would be more expensive, but, might appeal to many more people.

It is based on a Chinese design and re-branded as they have done with their rebranded 23, 33 and 56mm Viltrox lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2021 at 11:58 UTC
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