1994 photoshoot for Lugz with Snoop Dogg at his home in Los Angeles with his Classic Cars and smokin bud - at this apex for Lugz in #hiphophistory I’d been shooting their ads for years and the last photo shows some of the other #hiphoplegends in our work together including (from bottom left to right) AZ, Keith Murray & Redman and Erick Sermon of #EPMD (Erick and Parrish Making Dollars).Read More
I photographed Public Enemy in 1987 when they first started out. This is the only photo you’ll see with Chuck D wearing the clock before it became Flavor Flav’s trademark.Read More
I photographed Usher for the “My Way” album on 42nd St between 7th and 8th avenue in 1997 (at a time when you could have a photoshoot on a the rainy day in Times Square without anyone else around.) The 2nd photo is when Arista Records had Usher come to my studio for a publicity shoot. I photographed Usher a few times during his breakthrough years, and he changed so much between the ages of 13 and 14 from a growth spirt.
Kimora Lee Simmons just relaunched Baby Phat with Forever21
Photo by Michael Benabib
Shooting fashion photography for Taylor Dress. Having fun and working hard with a dynamic team of make-up artists, stylists, models, and assistants. In one day, we got all the shots for the look-book, catalogue, and advertising.Read More
I get a call from Death Row Records to fly out to LA to shoot Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ album cover. We started our photoshoot in the photography studio, then recording studio, and later transitioned to locations outdoors in LA…Read More
Kickin’ it with old friends and honored to see my work featured at the opening weekend for Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop at Annenberg Space for Photography by Vikki Tobak #contacthighprojectRead More
I shot this photo of on the set of MTV Unplugged: Uptown Records Edition at the Universal Studios Hollywood soundstage in 1993 Uptown Records is a very tight knit group of artists that all worked closely together and truly represents a family of which I’m proud to be part of. Thank you BlackPast.org for sharing my work in your recent articleRead More
Scratch just released this excellent article about my work with some never-before-seen photos of hip hop’s most iconic figures.
"Michael Benabib is a hip-hop insider, with unique access to the biggest names in the music. The portrait photographer who shot almost every artist from the 80/90s hip-hop scene…”Read More
Wishing Wendy Williams a healthy recovery for her brave decision to live in a sober house which she revealed yesterday on The Wendy Williams Show. I shot these photos of Wendy Williams in 2001. Love it or hate it, her over the top personality makes her one of a kind, and I love it. Sending good, healthy vibes your way. #wendy10 #TheWendyWilliamsShow
Photography by Michael BenabibRead More
Having too much fun doin what I love 🧚🏼♀️ Shooting with Roc Fairies
Musician Photography by Michael BenabibRead More
Happy 40th to Aaliyah in heaven. During our photoshoots, Aaliyah Haughton was always so humble and climbed my 5-story walk-up with no complaints and no entourage. I know a lot of people ask so much of her and for her to be so gracious with me meant a lot.Read More
Kool Moe Dee always refused to take off his sunglasses during our photoshoots 😎
Photo Credit: Michael Benabib
Kool Moe Dee recently lit the Harlem Apollo Theater stage for Apollo Presents The Kings and Queens of New Jack Swing with his hip hop classic “Wild Wild West”
Harriet Stubbs Album Release event at Le Poisson Rouge NYC October 30thRead More
Picking up my copy of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop by Vikki Tobak. Thrilled to be a contributor and tell the story of my shoot with Mary J. Blige “Michael Benabib Mary J. Blige Brooklyn, 1992...Read More
Enjoyed working with JWOWW for Castle Magazine. I met her loving family and contrary to Snooki's portrayal on MTV's Jersey Shore, the reality tv star turned supermom entrepreneur, Jenni Farley is a real class act.Read More
Discovered never-before-seen photos of Run DMC with Rick Ruben while digging through my negativesRead More
Attending the opening party for IS FASHION MODERN at The Museum of Modern Art. A portrait I took of Tupac Shakur is used in the show to illustrate the role of the bandana in fashion.
Just attended the opening reception for the More Than a Picture: Selections from the Photography Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture where a photo I took way back in 1987 is on display..