"Michael Benabib: The Man Behind Hip Hop's Most Iconic Photographs"

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…”

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Tupac by Benabib at MOMA

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. 

With my wife Donna feeling honored.

With my wife Donna feeling honored.

My Photos at the Smithsonian

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..

LL CoolJ C.1987 Michael Benabib

LL CoolJ C.1987 Michael Benabib

BET "Behind The Label" series features Benabib Archive Photos

Mary J Blige Photo Copyright 2016 Michael Benabib

BET "Behind The Label" series features Benabib archive photos of all the major players of UPTOWN Records. Uptown Records was an American record label, founded by Andre Harrell in 1986.[1] It went on to become one of the most popular hip-hop and R&B labels of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Featured on the roster were Guy, Heavy D & The Boyz, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Al B. Sure!, and Soul for Real amongst others.


Travel Photography: Laos


Never turn down a chance to travel.

In March I was having dinner at Indocine, of all places, with my good friend and traveling mate, Finn Olaf Jones. At dinner he invited me to travel on a motor cycle tour of Laos. He is a writer, and I am a photographer, so I knew this would be good. It was a wonderful trip guided by Jim Barbush of www.remoteasia.com.

There I met two friends of Finns’, Andrew and Garland. Off I went in the company of an outgoing group of riders to enjoy delicious spicy and seasoned meals. We met warm people while riding Honda dirt bikes through the fertile country side. Truly a trip I will treasure for a lifetime.