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ABOUT

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Tamara Benarroch (b. 2005, Miami, FL) is a Colombian-American portrait photographer based in New York City.

 

She began her photography journey at 11 years-old in her 6th grade photography elective. At 13, she won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastics Art and Writing Competition and a full scholarship to her high school, inspiring her to pursue photography professionally. At 14 years old, during quarantine, she began “family porch-traits”, where she offered to take family’s portraits on their porch during this unique time. Since then, she’s taken headshots, first communions, proms, graduations, and more.

 

Tamara is currently set to graduate with a BFA in 2027 with a major Photography and minor in Film Production at Parsons School of Design.

“To collect photographs is to collect the world.”

Susan Sontag wrote so and I wholeheartedly agree. At its most basic level, photography to me is about collecting my life in intimate frames. I occasionally struggle with my memory and remembering moments. Photography relieves the anxiety of forgetting my life, my friends, and the intimate moments I experience. It helps me remember details that would have otherwise been foggy or forgotten.

 

As a portrait photographer, I am passionate about authentically portraying individuals. Whether shooting in a studio or in their natural environment, the process is intimate, pure, and revealing. The endless possibilities of who and how to capture fuel my insatiable desire to photograph those around me, encapsulating their personalities, art, and lives.

 

Moreover, photography, like any art form, allows me to infuse concepts and narratives into my images. It transforms me from an observer to a creator, appealing to my inner artist. I deepen this connection by experimenting with multimedia processes. I love physically altering my photos by sewing, stapling, and adding pins and found objects, as it allows me to be hands-on in this digital medium. This approach adds another layer of depth, materiality, and texture to my work.

 

I am enamored with photography. From the first time I pressed the shutter in my 6th grade photography class, I felt its electricity and knew I would pursue it for the rest of my life. 

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

 

Awarded Full High School Scholarship at David Posnack Jewish School – Ranked #3 Private School in

Florida

Teen contributing photographer for the fStop Foundation

American Visions Medal in the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

National Gold Key in the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
National Gold Key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
National Silver Key in the 20
20 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

2021 Finalist in Sony Youth World Competition, Genre: Street Photography

9 Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Keys

12 Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Keys

9 Scholastic Art and Writing Honorable Mentions

2 Finalists in the Drexel University High School Photography Competition (2019, 2020)

Chosen Best Digital Art in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition

2 Honorable Mentions in Broward Art Guild Youth Competition (2018, 2019)

Chosen for the Courage to Create photo exhibit Sunrise Civic Center 2018

8 awards at Art Walk 2019 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4 Honorable Mentions)

To see the winning images, check out my AWARDS page 

     

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