Common x The Wrap


Common x The Wrap

Talent: Common

Assistant: Hunter Sloan


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Thee Denim Project – The Polaroids Book

Happy to share and announce my new book titled #THEEDENIMPROJECT. Each of us has a different definition for denim. We all have different opinions, taste, preferences and a point of view. We all come from different cultures and different religions, with many different backgrounds. I made this project as raw as I could, starting with large format black and white polaroids, in an effort to show what each of us thinks about  denim and its meaning. I asked several different agencies to tell the models to bring their favorite denim items. My main idea was to take a portrait of each model, and then accompany it with a mood shot or a close up of her denim – to show the two personalities and connect the dots between the person that wears the piece, to the actual piece, to the worlds take of the item. Some see denim as youth, some as sophisticated, some as fresh, edgy, cheap, expensive, for work, play, or fun. Its just the beginning of the project and there will be more to come.

Below I will show selected pages from the book, but, like anything, it doesn’t compare to seeing it in person. The book is only one part of the project, as I have 4X5 film sheets as well and many more formats and mediums that were a part of it.

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Thee Denim Project by Benjo Arwas

Some Behind the scenes taken by Ali Olaes

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Thanks a bunch for all the hands and contributors!

  • Makeup and Hair: Satya Linak, Cynthia Morelock and Kat
  • Ali Olaes for helping all these days and taking behind the scenes footage
  • NEXT Models, Wilhelmina LA, Vision Los Angeles for the beautiful and great faces and personalities.
  • My best friend and Fiance, Sidney Kraemer, for kicking my butt and putting the book together in one piece and dealing with my craftmanship

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© All the rights reserved to Benjo Arwas Photography 2013/2014

IPA 2013 – 6 Honorable Mentions

IPA (International Photography Award) is the most precious award in the Photo Industry (equivalent to the Oscars) and is a branch-sister of The Lucie Foundation.

A bit about the competition and the organization: The 2013 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer’s accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition.

I submitted 6 images for the IPA 2013 in 4 different categories: Fashion, Portraiture, Fine Art (Portrait) and Lifestyle.

All the shoots are “Outtakes” from my editorial/commercial or commissioned work. Non of them was prepared and It was just a half of a second that inspired me in the same moment to take this pictures. I call it my personal work, but I just starting to realize – it becoming my actual work and my actual passion.

All the 6 Images have received Honorable Mentions. I really want to thank everyone who have been a part of this journey, and still are a part of my current adventures and projects. Without this amazing souls around me that believes in me I don’t know if I was so motivated to do it. Creative teams, Models, Followers, Family, Friends and Sidney my amazing Fiance. All these creative souls are inspiring me everyday to create something new. Thank you. The journey is still long, and it never ends, in a different words: “Our journey, is our destination”. Always to keep the fire up and not to let go. Each step will be harder then the one we just pass, and the ups and downs are countless – hourly.

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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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Featured in FACTICE Magazine Issue #20 – August/September



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Photographer: Benjo Arwas
Models: Vera, Miranda, Lisa and Lindsay / Kismet Model Management
Assistant: William Navaro
Styling: Damaris Rosales
Styling Assistant: Maritza Perez
Hair: Carina Tafulu using Joico
Nails: Summer Shoemate using love Laquer design
Makeup: Tomy Rivero using NYX Cosmetics
Makeup Assistants: Damaris Thompson, Jocelyn Lamarque
Photo Retouching: Chris Gomes

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Morning Beauty – Lynne Cash

Lynne Cash @ The Phoenix Agency

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas, 4X5 Polaroids.

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas, 4X5 ILFORD DELTA 100

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas

Lynne Cash by Benjo Arwas, 4X5 Sheet and 4X5 Polaroid Transparent

  • Makeup: Crystal Martinez
  • Hair: Carina Tafulu

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Featured in “BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2012” by Photographer’s Forum Magazine


During 2012 i had some personal projects and photoshoots that i thought will be nice to try and submit them to photography competitions. I got discouraged many times by photo competitions, and losing them, but i guess that after a while it’s paying off.

I joined the 32nd Annual Photography competition of Photographer’s Forum Magazine and got into the finalists with 2 images. On in the B&W section and the other in Color section. I’m not a winner and not close to be, but it did promised me a place in a 9X12in’ hardcover book sponsored by SIGMA: “BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2012”.

Both photos are of Jessica A. @ Mayhem Model Management and i shoot them in totally different times of the year, randomly.

2013 is dedicated for specific creation, self development and to try and to get more accomplishments in the competitions and recognition aspect a long side by working and keep shooting with amazing people and my great team. Thank you everyone!