Gili Benita is a photographer, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, and currently based in New York City. His works focus on intimate-based visual storytelling and portraiture. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and works with clients such as HBO, I-D, Haaretz, and his work was featured in Vogue Italia, Elephant Magazine, iGNANT, and more. In 2020, he graduated from the International Center of Photography's Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program, where he was awarded the Lisette Model Scholarship and the Director's Fellowship, attended The Eddie Adams Workshop and joined Diversify Photo as a full member. His Works were awarded by CPOY, shortlisted for Palm Prize 2021, and were exhibited at the Erets Israel Museum in Tel Aviv and the Lagos Photo Festival. Gili Has also worked as an editor for Aint Bad Magazine, where he edited the printed ISSUE 15. In 2023, Gili was chosen as a Finalist for The Alexia Grant with his ongoing project " By the time you grow up, you won't have to serve anymore". 

Gili is also a full member of Diversify Photo  and Thursday's Child.

Photo by Kana Motojima.

Publications  and Clients:  The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue Italia, I-D Magazine, HBO,  Pentagram, iGNANT, Elephant Magazine, Ha'Aretz, Sabukaru, Cultured Mag, Aint Bad, The Independent Photographer, Life Farmer, VSCO, Mako, Fotodemic, PH Museum, Neocha, The President of Israel - Ruvi Rivlin


  • 2019-2020 - The International Center Of Photography - Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program.
  •  2020 - Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII 


  • First place in photographed story category - Local Testimony, 2018
  • Bronze winner In Photo Essay category -Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019
  • Lisette Model Scholarship and the Director's Fellowship - International Center of Photography - 2019
  • Vogue Italia Portfolio Reviews - 2020
  • College Photographer of the Year -  CPOY Award of Excellence 2020
  • PhotoVogue x Voice NFT Residency
  • Alexia Grant Professional Finalist - 2023


  • Local Testimony, group exhibition, Erets Israel Museum. Tel Aviv - 2018
  • 'Kodoku'  solo exhibition, Space Place Gallery, Russia - 2018
  • The Print Fair, group exhibition, Tel - Aviv - 2018
  • The Teder Print Fair, Tel - Aviv 2019
  • The Brussels Street Photography Festival - Group Exhibition, Brussels - 2019
  • International Center Of Photography - OYC Virtual Group Exhibition - 2020
  • Gallery Photographs - Virtual Solo Exhibition - Japan, 2020
  • Lagos Photo Festival - Home Museum - Nigeria 2020

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