Smashbox Studios + MOPLA Group show 2013

During MOPLA, which happened on the months April-May, There are several big curated shows, group shows and solo shows all over Los Angeles.

I had a great opportunity to be a part of the Smashbox Studios and MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles) 2013 group show that was curated by The Lucie Foundation, Along side other amazing artists that inspired me and made me glad to be a part of it!

Here is a small article by the great art site FABRIK.LA that featuring my work as well.

Sophisticated, Benjo Arwas - Smashbox Studios, MOPLA 2013

Sophisticated, Benjo Arwas – Smashbox Studios, MOPLA 2013

The photograph is of Irina N., a Parisian Model i photographed in my trip there last year. I always looking for a random tweak I can add to my pictures if they are too boring for me. And once its affecting me,  I know it might affect another 20, 30 ,100 or 1000 people.

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I printed it 16X20 and made it float, amazing job by Glenn from Reclaimed Frame, which I got to work with several more times later, and for sure in the future! Reasonable prices and he will do what you need and what you want. (2811 W. Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, California)

Thanks for all the people that came and saw the show in person, and all the online support, and special thanks to Lucie Foundation, MOPLA and Smashbox for having me.



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Summer Story for LIVID Magazine and SESSIONS Magazine, April 2013

SESSIONS Magazine, Issue #12

LIVID Magazine, Issue #5

Team Credits:

  • Model: Leia Contois @ Vision Models, LA
  • Styling: Jen Summers
  • Makeup and Hair: Berenice Gallegos
  • Retouch: Yossef Atias

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FACTICE Magazine, Issue #17 February/March 2013

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  • Model: Anastassija @ Elite Models L.A.
  • Makeup and Hair: Lina Hang
  • Styling: Jen Summers
  • Assistant and Behind The Scenes: Sidney Kraemer
  • Featured Designers: Gypsy JunkiesRitual, Miss G Designs, Jonathan Burdine, Muneco, Muheeka, Sugarpuss, Roxy Contin Designs, NOA by Noa Cardelli Designs, Monica Wallway of Jan Hilmer

FACTICE Magazine, Issue #17 – “My Inner Demons” from Sidney Kraemer on Vimeo.

we put together another well prepared story featuring some amazing designers for Factice Magazine. It’s actually the 3rd time in a row (Since Issue #15) and already planning for Issue #18.

The shoot is mixed with film and digital processing. I attached some outtakes of Large Format Polaroids and 8X10 photographic paper I took during the editorial. I like to shoot with Large Format during these kinds of shoots, because then I have more time to slow down the pace, and focus more on the subject matter instead of all the surrounding pressure. I just get into my own world and start seeing the moment. Sometimes failure happens and sometimes there are happy accidents. Sometimes there are great results without any doubt. Its this journey that never ends and everyday I’m discovering new things by experimenting and making mistakes.

The light was consistant during the entire story; I used a beauty-dish with a diffusion cover as my key, half of my studio door open for the fill. and a back blue gel to add for the palette and the color atmosphere. Later in post I did my own magic by adding more of the ghosty and blurry feeling.

The team effort was great. Jen brought pulled some amazing stuff from several showrooms, and Lina added to the show with variety of skulls and props which added some spice to the story. The model casted was Anastassjia from ELITE Models L.A. It is always pleasure to photograph amazing creative people and strong warriors. Why warriors? Well, it was completely freezing that day, a total of 6 different makeup looks was created, and a definite patience and passion for the story was needed.

Sidney Kraemer made for me a nice feature Behind The Scenes video – Thanks Sid!!!

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Satellite Magazine, January-February 2013 Issue featuring “LEON”

Click here to view <- Satellite Magazine, January-February 2013 Issue featuring “LEON”.

Again, grateful to be featured in the awesome magazine “Satellite” , next to an amazing other artists and great content including, music, art and some great inserts. This specific issue is the Beauty Issue.

  • Model: Leon Fazzio @ Wilhelmina Models, Los Angeles.
  • Assistant: Jason Peters