About

Benjamin Kanarek
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Born in Toronto, Canada where he grew up, Benjamin started his career as an architect and eventually fell in love with fashion photography. Benjamin has lived in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Paris.

He has worked for magazines the likes of Harper’s BAZAAR, VOGUE, GLAMOUR, ELLE, etc… He has consulted as a Creative Director for world-wide agencies and clients. As a side note, Benjamin is also a Polish Baron.

“Benjamin Kanarek’s photographic style can go from extremely sparse and graphic to story telling, cinematic and narrative. He is renowned for his innovative mastering of light.”

Benjamin has had the privilege to work with some of the iconic classic supermodels like Kim Alexis, Elle MacPherson, Bitten Knudsen, Brooke Shields, Angie Everhart, Laetitia Firmin-Didot, Kelly Lebrock, Roberta Chirko, Carol Alt, Helena Christensen, Kirsten Owen, Karen Mulder, Adriana Sklenarikova Karembeu, Janice Dickinson and recently with Sasha Luss, Janice Alida, Sabrina Ioffreda, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Daniela De Jesus Cosio, Du Juan, Alexandra Richards, Lydia Hearst, Irina Lazareanu, Daisy Lowe, Anaïs Pouliot and Actresses Mischa Barton, James Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe, Andie MacDowell, Carole Bouquet, Julie Delpy, Vahina Giocante, Joséphine de la Baume, Marie-Ange Casta, Gwei Lun Mei, etc…

Benjamin collaborates with Video and Co-Creative Director, Frédérique Renaut and shares his time between Paris and North America.


EXHIBITIONS

1. « Les Rencontres d’Arles » in 1989.

2. « La Santa BAC!» in Barcelona in 2006 “Antifashionsystem2”and 2008 “Réveille-toi”.

3. And every year since 2005 at « Le Festival International de la Photographie de Mode» in Cannes.


 EDITORIAL CLIENTS

VOGUE China, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE Portugal, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Italia, Harper’s BAZAAR China, Harper’s BAZAAR en Español, Harper’s BAZAAR Hong Kong, Harper’s BAZAAR Turkey, Harper’s BAZAAR Italia, ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec, ELLE Hong Kong, ELLE Mexico, ELLE Spain, ELLE Portugal, GLAMOUR Italia, GLAMOUR France, GRAZIA Italy, GRAZIA Russia, DEPECHE MODE, FASHION Magazine, FLARE, L’OFFICIEL Paris, MADAME FIGARO, NEW YORK TIMES Magazine,  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Post, Style Magazine, W, WWD…

COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

Aldo, AB1 TV Network, Bernard Perris, Camaïeu, Chopard, Clinique Make Up, Dayton Hudson (Target), DIM, EDF, Fairweather, Fleur de Weil Fragrance, Fred Galeries Lafayette, Gemey, Holt Renfrew, Le Bon Marché, Le Château, Le Credit Mutuel, Le Nouvel Observateur, Les 4 Temps la Défense, Louis Vuitton, Lux Soap, Macy’s, Nina Ricci, Nordstrom, Nouvelles Galeries, Pirelli, Royalissime Fragrance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Soja Bio Star, Sport 2000, Swarovski, The Bay, The May Company, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zuhair Murad…

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Frédérique Renaut’s portrait by Benjamin Kanarek

Frédérique Renaut

Co-Founder, Fashion & Beauty Director

I am an Islander from Paris. Yes it is possible… Born on Ile de la Cité, facing Notre Dame!

As a child I was surrounded by my grand mother and mother sewing their own garments and as a result learned to appreciate the art of Couture. As a teenager, I attended several Dé d’Or Award Ceremonies (the equivalent of the CFDA in the USA) and I made up my mind: when I grow up I want to work in the Fashion industry.

I received my MBA in International Trade. I directed my career in marketing and communication, in the Fashion and Luxury business.

My first professional experience in Marketing was at Elle Magazine International and Yves Saint Laurent Couture. In the mid 90’s, I joined the Press Team at the Louis Féraud Haute Couture House where I worked for 3 years. I participated in the organization of the Couture shows and all of the public relations events. I also spent some time at Louis Féraud Inc. in the New York showroom. I left Louis Féraud just before the house was sold and went on to join the Givenchy Design Studio headed by Alexander McQueen when he was the Artistic Director.

In 1998, I joined Beauté Prestige International (BPI), a subsidiary of the Japanese giant Shiseido Cosmetics Group for Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and Narciso Rodriguez perfumes and cosmetics. I created the Media Department and took the lead role as Director of Worldwide Media. In 9 years, my Department managed more than 30 countries for 3 brands and 5 perfume lines and executed 10 world-wide media launches of perfumes and cosmetics. I was also a member of the Media Commission of the UDA (Consortium of French Advertisers).

Since 2000, I have Collaborating with Benjamin Kanarek on Creative Direction Consulting & Digital Retouching for Fashion and Beauty Productions.

Since 2008, I have been working as a consultant specializing in Marketing, Communications, Advertising, Traditional Media, Internet & Social Networking.

I launched the Benjamin Kanarek Blog with Benjamin in July 2009. It has been a real adventure!