One of My First VOGUE Covers

From “1985”… For VOGUE SA. Oh yeah..real film and not manipulated in Photoshop…Obviously, there was no Photoshop in 1985. Used Fujichrome 100 iso slide film and other neat stuff.  Using color gelatins, mixed light sources and cool light modifiers can help when you know that what you shoot is what you get.


Vogue Latin America

About Benjamin Kanarek

Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…

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    Actually, photographers had to really know their light and we did have clip tests that were sent to the lab and sent back about an hour later. You had to be able to judge Polaroids really well. For this skin tone, a little trick I used was a 1/4 to 1/2 blue correction filter which whitens the skin and I always over exposed by 1 stop.In the lab we could customize the output based on the clip tests. There was some hand retouching done at the time on the cromalin. Now for the big surprise, I had the balls to shoot slide film which has a lot less latitude than negative film. My stuff was usually with a 1/3 of a stop on.

  • Hello Benjamin,

    A question : How, in the past, were you able to get a such beautiful skin on models without any digital skin retouch ?

    I googled this a little, but I didn’t find any correct answers. 🙂

  • shay4brains

    I think this cover holds up pretty well still. I do wish magazine covers were also still clean like this, and not so cluttered as they are these days, but oh well…

    And I think the philosophy of getting it right in the camera is still a good one!