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
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
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
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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”
While on a shoot for Rockefeller & Co in 10 Rockefeller Plaza, I noticed the office was situated right above where the Today show was filming. I watched as Lil Kim & Puff Daddy performed, and made the above image.
I photographed Lil Kim, as well as Puff Daddy, years ago in the height of the 90s hip hop era.