Posts Tagged ‘Michael Benari’

Notable: “Grey”, New Book by Michael Benari

In Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 2, 2017 at 11:00 am


Fans of our friend Michael Benari are sure to be looking forward to March this year, as Benari will be releasing a new book, titled Grey.Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”.

Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”. I specifically use the street as a source of inspiration for discovering new ways of creating a visual experience. I think of the work as closely related to certain artistic traditions in painting and feel a close connection to everything abstract that has come before me. At the same time “GREY” is a collection of visual experiments, forcing me to push the limits of perception, and discover new ideas and new forms in the process. Our visual experience today is already saturated with so many accepted notions of beauty that looking to re-shape those assumptions becomes the real challenge for today’s artist. The “street” becomes a kind of outdoor laboratory in which I can still find the chance-encountered visual surprise that helps to re-orient my own perceptions and those in my work. Inasmuch as each image is its own resolution, the entire series of images reflects an on-going process of exploring an unknown terrain waiting to be discovered.

Also on the horizon will be a new show in Boston, MA, at 555 Gallery. Stay tuned for more details and images from the new book and exhibition.

For More Information: Michael Benari

Preview: “Manhattan Project” Photographs by Michael Benari, Outpost 186, Cambridge, Mass.

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 10, 2016 at 9:53 am


Our friend Michael Benari has an exhibition worth your attention:

In his new body of work titled “Manhattan Project”, the artist Michael Benari captures the unique mood and aesthetic of an invisible New York, presented as a mosaic of grids. The rhythm and tempo of the grid format resembles a jazz improvisation, a cacophony of sounds blaring the urban landscape.

The film-noire atmosphere resonates with other artistic movements born in the city, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.

Manhattan Project was completed after photographing New York from 2014-2016, and is accompanied by a publication of the same title.

Michael Benari is a Boston/New York based photographer, working in black and white, using film and digital capture.

For more information: Outpost 186

On Site: “Manhattan Project”, Photographs by Michael Benari, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

Michael Benari was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and subsequently grew up in New York City. Benari’s professional background is in science and medicine, but from childhood days, he was fascinated by imagery and cameras.

Michael Benari has exhibited domesticaly and internationally.

“Photography is my way of being in the world, it allows me to give personal expression to my living experience, and it connects me with a long and beautiful artistic tradition”.

“Manhattan Project"

Forrest Old, Owner, Red Filter Gallery states:

           " In his new series “Manhattan Project”, the artist Michael Benari offers his unique interpretation of the New York City urban landscape, captured from 2013 to 2015. Drawing from various artistic traditions including Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, and Conceptualism, this body of work fuses these approaches into a complicated web of dramatic black and white images. In this collection of photographs, the artist finds new expression using the grid format, combining a set of six images into a singe print. This presentation expands the traditional single image format, and offers a uniquely fresh form of expression."

"Manhattan Project" is available for viewing at from September 1  through September 30, 2015.

To view the online exhibit: Red Filter Gallery

Notable: Viva Viva, Michael Benari, Limited Edition Now Available

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 19, 2015 at 10:26 am
Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

For the majority of current America, Cuba has become an enigma. The great red scare in the south has  dissolved, and left a country searching for its soul. Now, with news of diplomatic relations potentially being restored between the US and Cuba, interest with our island neighbor is peaking. But for Michael Benari, curiosity and opportunity rediscovered Cuba a little ahead of schedule …

In March 2014, a photographer-friend and I traveled to Havana, Cuba to see for ourselves how life goes on here and what surprises await us. It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. One is immediately struck by the want, the crumbling buildings, the dilapidated cars and at the same time by the defiant resolve to survive and find joy and pleasure despite it all. The people are full of talent, soul,and character, but just locked out of a chance to blossom and shine.

As usual, I was shooting in black and white, and for the first time regretted notalso shooting in color. The colors are so rich and varied.I produced a body of work I called Viva Viva, to celebrate the life-spirit on this isolated island. The portfolio is a set of 36 silver-gelatin prints and the book is a limited edition of 200, numbered and signed.

Books and prints can be purchased by contacting Michael Benari at

For More Information: Michael Benari

Notable: “Shoah” a new photo book by Michael Benari

In Black and White Photography, Books on December 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm





One of our favorites, the artist Michael Benari has published a meaningful and well executed new photo book titled “SHOAH”.

The book contains nineteen duotone images of the Berlin holocaust memorial, photographed in 2012, and is a limited edition of 300 copies.
It is available by contacting the artist directly at or by visiting the
International Center of Photography ( bookstore in New York.

For more of  Michael’s work or to order the book:  Benari Foto

Notable: Michael Benari in new exhibition at Robert Anderson Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm


One of our favorite urban explorers, Michael Benari has a new show with several kindred spirits at the Robert Anderson Gallery in New York.

Michael is excellent at defining  city street scenes using shadow and light that results in varied subtle abstractions infused with cool emotion.

June 7 – August 4

For more information: Robert Anderson

Preview: Kind Of Blue, Michael Benari, Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on July 25, 2011 at 6:59 am

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Michael Benari, “Coney Island”

“Kind of Blue” features the work of artist Michael Benari. With a background more accustomed to science and medicine, Michael Benari has always been enamored with visual imagery. Photography in particular is a lifelong avocation of his, now a full time career since 2006. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in New York City, Michael pursued his study of photography at the New England School of Photography and has attended Maine and Santa Fe Media Workshops. He has also studied with Karl Baden at the Project Arts Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His photographs have been shown in multiple exhibitions and are placed in private collections throughout New York, Massachusetts and Australia.

Michael Benari’s poetic work poses visual “questions” about the cities he has visited, without offering specific answers. He offers glimpses of everyday life in ephemeral but “decisive moments”. His poetic style contemplates the life within the cities he has visited: New York, Paris, and Rome, all the while invoking a freestyle spirit where  beauty can be found in both abstract and subjective forms.

July 28 through September 4

For more information: Red Filter Gallery

Red Filter Gallery is is affiliated with this website.

Emerging Artist: The Fine Art Photography of Michael Benari

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on June 2, 2010 at 4:49 am


Michael Benari

While at Photo LA earlier this year, we  had the privilege of meeting Michael at the portfolio review. His were the most striking prints at the review, especially his Siskind like abstracts. Unfortunately, screen displays do not do the prints justice.

He just checked in with us and provided some new work that has a definite “noir” feel to it. We asked him to update us on his current and future direction:

I have embarked on self-publishing, though I’m still not 100% sure I’ve found
the right printer here in Boston. My main interest continues to be some variant of "street photography", with an emphasis on creating an aesthetic that has both visual and emotional resonance with the viewer. Black and White offers a unique visual language, one full of hidden meaning and expressiveness. I just feel more
comfortable communicating in this language than in the language of color.

I am a pretty competent digital printing, but for final results (sales, shows) I rely on the technical expertise of my printer Singer Editions, with whom I share an aesthetic understanding.

My goal is to continue to explore the urban landscape of different locales, and to explore the endless mysteries behind the obvious.

To check out Michael’s latest work: Benarifoto