Classic Bloom for FAULT Magazine

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Hair :Abraham Esparza
  •  Makeup: Nicole Chew @ Art Department
  • Styling:  Eddie Schachnow @ Art Department
  • Model: Avery Tharp @ Photogenics LA

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Reid Scott for The Wrap

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Entrechat for Factice Magazine

  • Photographers: Benjo Arwas
  • Stylist: Matthew Hensley
  • Makeup: Sherri Celis
  • Hair: Gui at Exclusive Artists using L’Oreal Artech
  • Manicurist: Denise Bourne at The Rex Agency
  • Model: Ismini at Next Models

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Kiersey Clemons for Refinery29

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Hair and Makeup: Nicole Chew @ Art Department
  • Styling:  Matthew Hensley
  • Talent: Kiersey Clemons

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All Denim for Fault Magazine

  • Photographer: Benjo Arwas
  • Hair: Juanite Lyon @ Celestine Agency
  • Makeup: Nicole Chew @ Art Department LA
  • Models: Milan, Daria, Charlee and Serena @ Photogenics LA
  • Styling : Matthew Hensley


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Keke Palmer for People Magazine

Photographer: Benjo Arwas
Hair and Makeup: Marcia Hamilton
Model: Keke Palmer


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Happy World Photography Day 2013

Turned out it happened to be the World Photography Day today.

The Origins of this day based on

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.

Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically.


Attaching what photography is for me today and my best interaction with it and my favorite creations – Large Format film + People + Natural…what is your motive for it??? Please Share!

Saule by Benjo Arwas, 2013

Saule by Benjo Arwas, 2013

Saule by Benjo Arwas, 2013

Saule by Benjo Arwas, 2013

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The Big Fat List of Documentaries About Photography (Petapixel)

Recently the PETAPIXEL posted on their website a big fat list of photo documentaries! Its a day savior for the bored photographer, or if you’re looking for inspiration! Check it out to learn about photographers, history of photography, how it use to be, and why the hell are we doing it?! So, Just WOW and big thanks to the PETAPIXEL for that share.

I hope to share and post more inspiring things like that that i find across the web, to keep myself and you inspired.

Cheers and thanks for stopping by,


The Big Fat List of Documentaries About Photography.

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Edward Weston “The Photographer” 1948

Want to watch a non-fiction film about photography? Here’s a list of documentaries (and some other stuff) concerning photography that the author collected below.

By Wirjo Hardjono · Jul 01, 2013
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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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Story from Maui – Christopher Harris For The Fashionisto Exclusive

Recently I was lucky enough to spent two beautiful weeks in Maui, Hawaii with my family and my Fiancee’s family for her sister’s wedding. While I was there, I couldn’t resist contacting Wilhelmina Hawaii and to see if they have any good faces for me to test while I’m there. Great communication and quick responses with the booker, Jenna, I got to add to my book a different vibe, landscape and background then the cold chilly ocean of California (no complains tho), I got to shoot Christopher Harris, and another model that I will share about later this month.

Most of the shoots are 35mm Film and B&W Polaroids. I really enjoyed the analog process this trip and very limited myself with digitals. Right now its a good timing to maintain that i’m working on a new scrapbook with illustrations, polaroids, contact sheets, collages and more surprises, and ALL from the trip to Maui, in the same concept of my other book – Black Coffee And Art, so stay posted about it.

And now for the little “Mauian” Summer story I got to shoot:

As featured on The Fashionisto – Click Here to view

Christopher Harris @ Wilhelmina Hawaii for The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

The Feelings I Thought About…KAPALUA. © Benjo Arwas

Kapalua–Summer calls us away to exotic travels as photographer Benjo Arwas visits Kapalua, Maui for his latest story. Hitting the beach with Wilhelmina Hawaii model Christopher Harris, Arwas plays with the image of the surfer; fresh and inspiring or one with the volatile nature of crashing waves.

Christopher Harris @ Wilhelmina Hawaii for The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

Christopher Harris @ Wilhelmina Hawaii for The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

Christopher Harris @ Wilhelmina Hawaii for The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

Christopher Harris @ Wilhelmina Hawaii for The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

Polaroids, The Fashionisto by Benjo Arwas

Polaroids, The Fashionisto by © Benjo Arwas

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Featured in PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine August 2013

3 years ago, when I decided to make the trip from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles and go after my dream of studying photography and start somehow to move things around towards that dream, I had a connection flight stop-over in London. As any photographer, I went to WH Smith at the airport, you know,like Barnes and Noble here in the USA, but in Europe. I went straight to the section where it says: “Photography”.

After spending around 25 minutes in this stand and looking on all the new hot equipment, whats going on, Photoshop tips and some articles about inspiring photographers I decided to buy the one magazine with the most input for me. I picked: “PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2011”.

The magazine is a large mixture of photo techniques, photo articles, inspirations, photoshop tips, old school and new school articles, guests, contests, equipment reviews, advertising for endless big camera and photo equipment company from Canon to Leica and all the other big guns. The magazine is Since 1959 and publish 13 times a year to +200,000 subscriptions and other thousands that getting it on the stands or pre-order.

I went to my flight to LA, read the articles, went through the amazing images, colors that I never seen in person of photographers from all over the world, stories, equipment reviews, and not to forget the “best way” to sharp images with the unsharp mask.

As well, I saw this section of “Gallery: Your Amazing Shots” which is a collection of 3-4 photographers from all over the world that sharing their stories about their work, and the inspiration of the picture they took. I never realized how the hell they submitting these, because I never saw any submissions email or whatever. I just forgot about it.

Almost 3 years later, after living in Los Angeles, emerging and building myself, doing mistakes, running in circles and shooting everything and anything like Paco from “The Good The Bad And The Ugly”, I got an email saying:

Hi Benjo,

Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is ******* and I’m a staff writer at Practical Photography magazine. I am emailing because I came across your images on ***** and I think they’d look great for our gallery feature! It’s aimed to inspire our readers across the globe with amazing photography. We do pay you for using the image and will send you a copy of the mag once it’s printed. I don’t know if my previous email to you got through but I thought I’d try again 🙂 I’ll attach screen grab of the shot we were interested in, and a spec sheet of what we’ll need from you.

Talk to you soon, and have a nice weekend! 

Staff Writer, Practical Photography

So, not only this magazine contacting me in person, but they want to pay me(!) jackpot.

Of course I told her my story about how I grabbed their magazine back in Heathrow Airport in London when i was on my when to make the dream happen, that caused me taking the photographs that I’m trying to take everyday. Ironic.

Practical Photography Magazine feature Benjo Arwas

So there we go, 3 years later, I get in the mail an envelope sealed from UK of “Practical Photography Magazine, August 2013” Issue, and see my picture in the section of “Gallery: Your Amazing Shots”. Ironic.

And I know that there are hundred of thousands of photographers and aspiring around the world now that stopping at the newsstands and looking for some news, inspirations and techniques in photography that purchasing this magazine. Well, its only $7, not bad for the large mixture of knowledge in 130 pages.

The image is of my fiancée, muse and best friend and talented photographer – Sidney Kraemer (lucky me). She always inspire me with her beauty and soft look, that I always bug her to photograph her. Once she let me photograph her just as part of my personal exploration and I captured all of her pure beauty. Besides the editors of Practical Photography Magazine loving it, it’s also got right now hanged in the CAL (Coastal Art League) Museum and Gallery at the International Kellicut Annual Photo Show 2013, San Francisco, and soon to be hanged in Calumet, San Francisco, but thats another blog post that i will write about soon. So if you are in the bay area, do me a favor and send me a picture? 🙂

Thanks to Sidney for her beauty, and thanks to Practical Photography Magazine for making a step in my dreams and showing that what goes around comes around.

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I Like Strong Black Coffee, And ART…

I am excited to share with the world my most recent hand-made book.

The whole book is based on thick canvas paper, re-photographs, textured papers, film negatives, cellophane and aluminium foil papers, polaroids, drawings and water/acrylai colors, crafts, and many more surprises.

Click here to view the album full screen on my website

The book is featuring Variety of test shoots, jobs and productions between January-June 2012.

I know online it’s the only way to share with the other side of the world, but everyone are more than welcome to come to my studio in Beverly Hills to view it in person.

Thank you for everyone was being a part of it or future to be a part of my next projects!



FACTICE Magazine, October 2012. “FALL BLOOMING”

Click here to view -> FACTICE MAGAZINE ISSUE #15

One of my favorite stories i have done so far.

The model’s beauty, used all natural light on location, the featured designers and style,and the large format photography all just merged into a well done story.

The featured designers are The world wide respected French-Canadian couturier Lloyd Klein, Tony Cohen and Monique Conllignon.

All the story has been shoot on 4X5 film and Polaroids, with natural light studio we built outside of my studio. Fun day. The 4×5 camera movements allowed me to play with the plane of focus and to tilt and shift the focus as you can notice in some of the images.

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

Factice Magazine © Benjo Arwas

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I invited Joe Berhosky (, an extra ordinary photographer that shooting 8X10 wet plates in collodion process and B&W paper negatives, to create couple of photographs  in his technique and perspective. turned out brilliant and it’s going to be featured in a magazine on upcoming November, i will add the link here and examples as soon as it’s out. Thank you Joe for your participation.

As for the team, Berenice Gallegos, the brilliant makeup and hair stylist played each outfit with a different touch and style for the hair, using flowers and props to add more feeling for the “Blooming” and the color palate. Jordan Swain and Esther Kang made a well done styling pull from Tony and Monique that just fitted into the background and filled the story with great color palate of the complementary colors – green/magenta.

I cast adorable Noora Lappi with the Finish/Nordic bone structure from Pinkerton Models, La / ELITE, NYC to join me again, after working with her before with the team in editorial we shoot in Palm Springs a month earlier. we enjoyed her vibes and her look and really wanted to make another story specific with her.

Sidney Kraemer and Nick Korompilas were my assistants and were running on set building the studio outside and took the 4X5 stress off of me by heading me holders, changing film, loading and marking. well appreciate! Eventually Nick made a behind the scenes video to memorize the day.


Polaroid by Joe Berhosky shoot at the end of the day. Left to Right: Berenice, Noora, Jordan, Esther, Sidney, Benjo, Nick © Joe Berhosky

Thank you everyone for good times and for the artistic creative vibes.



deFUZE Magazine, October 2012 // “Easy Like Sunday Morning”

“Easy Like Sunday Morning” – Fashion editorial/story i recently photographed while staying in Paris. As well, attached interview by deFUZE Magazine for October 2012 Issue #7.

Working again with the great Parisian team –

  • Christine Ai @ FentonMoon, NYC
  • Makeup: Michele Catillon
  • Hair: Davide Pereira Palos
  • Styling: Raquel Crispim

Easy Like Sunday Morning © Benjo Arwas

Easy Like Sunday Morning © Benjo Arwas

Easy Like Sunday Morning © Benjo Arwas

Easy Like Sunday Morning © Benjo Arwas

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Thank you everyone for the creativity and motivation!