Saturday, January 31, 2015

LEICA LOUNGE: Gallery Reception with Peter Turnley - Friday, February 6th 7:00 - 9:30 PM

French Kiss, A Love Letter to Paris 

by Peter Turnley

Gallery Reception   |    Friday, February 6th at 7:00 - 9:30 PM   |   RSVP

Join us next Friday, February 6th for a gallery opening, presentation and book signing by renowned photographer Peter Turnley. The new gallery exhibit, which will be on display at Leica Store Miami from February 2nd through April 29th, contains images from Turnley's book, French Kiss - A Love Letter to Paris, which compiles forty years of beautiful black and white photographs of moments of love in Paris.

Leica Master Class Weekend    |   February 6th - 8th   |   Register

Scheduled to coincide with his gallery reception, Peter Turnley will be leading a weekend workshop in Miami. Turnley will guide participants through a very exciting weekend of visual presentation, lecture and discussion as well as a hands on shooting session. To learn more and register, click here.

Reserve your copy of French Kiss, A Love Letter to Paris today!  Shop now.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

CUBA PHOTOS: "Cuba 2012 - Santiago to Cienfuegos" by Robert Karafel at Pitman Photo

Robert Karakul by Mark Mann
Title: "Cuba 2012 - Santiago to Cienfuegos"
Where: Pitman Photo, 13911 South Dixie Highway, Miami (Palmetto Bay), Florida (in their training room/gallery)
When: Closing Reception January 31st, 2015, from 2 - 4 pm
Information: This exhibit of color photographs by Robert Karafel were taken in April 2012 during the first week of a two week humanitarian mission trip across Cuba.
The 99 photographs displayed were taken in eastern and central Cuba in the towns of Santiago de Cuba, El Cobre, Bayamo, Camaguey, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.  In April 2014 this photographer had an exhibit of color photographs at Pitman from Havana and the Vinales Valley.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PHOTOS: The Colonial Churches of Santiago de Cuba with Carlos Domenech

About the Exhibit  

The Colonial Churches of Santiago de Cuba
photographs by Carlos Domenech 
on view February 6-22, 2015
On October 25, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept north across the Caribbean, pounding Santiago de Cuba, and parking itself over the tattered, time worn and vulnerable city causing widespread devastation on the Island's original Colonial Capitol.
Santiago De Cuba is home to a constellation of Spanish Colonial churches from the 17th and 18th century, now in desperate need of restoration. Monsignor Dionisio Garcia-Ibanez, the archbishop of Santiago, began almost immediately, without government assistance, to reconstruct this extraordinary artifacts. Beginning with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, a structure built and rebuilt in place for nearly 500 years, he collaborated with European and American Universities, while assembling and training a school of craftsmen to complete the ambitious work, now underway.
This photographic series was documented by Carlos Domenech in 2013. This marked Domenech's first return to Cuba since leaving the island in 1966. His photographic approach documents the unfortunate present conditions of these historic buildings and the restoration efforts underway.

Introduction by:
Jorge L. Hernandez, AIA, Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture

Sponsored by:
Ana Laura Arellano

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CUBA PHOTOS: Marcus Jovaisa - Unseen Cuba at Books & Books

 The bestselling author of Unseen Lithuania and other aerial photography guides covering Belize, Cancún and the Yucatán, Lithuanian aerial photographer and publisher Marius Jovaisa invites you on an unprecedented photographic journey that captures the breathtaking vistas of Cuba as never seen before. As the first artist to receive permission from the Cuban Government to fly over the country and photograph it, he brings you extraordinary panoramas taken from an ultralight aircraft. Jovaisa canvasses the island, from the fertile valleys of Pinar del Río in the west to the historic city of Baracoa in the east, where Columbus landed. Explore ancient villages, idyllic beaches, cities frozen in time and picturesque La Habana. Celebrate the tropical exuberance, bucolic chard and natural grandeur that characterize the largest island of the Caribbean s Greater Antilles. Discover Unseen Cuba.
About the Photographer: 
Marius Jovaisa is a photographer, publisher, entrepreneur and founder of publishing house Unseen Pictures. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1973, he is the author of 5 large-format aerial photography books: Unseen Lithuania (2008), Heavenly Belize (2010), Magic Cancun & Riviera Maya (2011), Heavenly Yucatan (2012 and Unseen Cuba. World-famous for his distinct style of aerial photography, Jovaisahas been granted permission to fly over and take pictures of destinations that have never before been accessible to photographers. His exhibitions have been displayed in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

LEICA LOUNGE: with Eric Newton | Thurs, January 8, 2015 | 7pm - 8:30pm

‘Home-grown’ Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Michel duCille won the 1988 Feature Photography Pulitzer for a photo essay
crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project 

Associated Press photographer Alan Diaz won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his photograph of the United States Border Patrol's BORTAC team's seizure of Elian Gonzalez

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, January 8, 2015 with Eric Newton. Eric will be talking about 'Home Grown' Pulitzer Prize photographs and the photographers who created them. 
‘Home-grown’ Pulitzer Prize Photographs
A passport is not a Pulitzer. In other words, being in a war zone on the other side of the world is not a guarantee you’ll get great photographs. Prize-winning photos are all around us, often coming suddenly and captured only by those who are ready for them.
On the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, author and journalist Eric Newton tells the story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning photos taken of the “World Series quake” by the staff of the Oakland Tribune. How do they hold up? Are they history? Art? Both? How do local news Pulitzers compare with the ones from faraway events?
Newton, co-author of Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, will lead a visual tour of the “home-grown” Pulitzer photographs. Some are born in the immediacy of a shocking news event, from the rubble of Florida hurricanes to firefighters at the World Trade Center; others are dramatic eyewitness accounts, such as the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Still other photographers linger, documenting what happens after the news, and some are the completely unexpected result of a drive in the country.
Many of the issues faced by “home-grown” Pulitzer-winners are identical to those faced by their globe-trotting colleagues: how much risk should they take? … how do they shoot in a hurry? … can they win the trust of subjects? … did they know what they had when they got it? But other issues are uniquely local, such as the welfare of the photographer’s own families. 
Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photography community. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
About Eric:
Eric Newton is senior advisor to the president at a leading national funder of journalism programs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami. As a program director and vice president during his first decade at Knight, he helped build the journalism and media innovation program from a department of one into a team of seven, overseeing the development of more than $300 million in grants.

Previously, Newton was founding managing editor of the Newseum, leading the content team at the world’s first museum of news. He started at California newspapers. As city editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor of the Oakland Tribune under Bob and Nancy Maynard, he helped the paper win more than 150 awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. 
His most popular books are “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism,” “Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists: The Newseum’s Most Intriguing Newspeople” and “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.” A distinguished alumnus of San Francisco State University (BA in journalism), he was a Rotary International Scholar at the University of Birmingham, England (MA in international studies). He has taught journalism at all levels and is the co-founder of the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit that provides legal services on free speech and free press issues.
Newton shared a Peabody Award for Link TV’s “Mosaic: World News From the Middle East.” He won the Reddick Award at the University of Texas for service to the field of communications, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation First Amendment Award for Knight Foundation’s work to create Sunshine Week and the Markoff Award from the University of California Berkeley for Knight’s support of investigative reporting. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: Miami Herald Staff Photographers

Miami Herald staff photographers were asked to submit the image from the past year that meant the most to them, and to share their thoughts about why it mattered.

Pamela Rauseo, 37, performs CPR on her nephew, 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz, after pulling her SUV over on the side along the west bound lane on Florida State Road 836 just east of 57th Avenue when Sebastian stopped breathing. At right is Lucila Godoy, who stopped her car to assist in the rescue. A still photograph can change the course of history, affect policy, raise awareness and cause leaders to act. And, in this case, maybe it can inspire others to become trained in CPR techniques — and to swiftly offer their assistance.

On the evening of October 22, 2013, in Inglis, Fl., Stacy Molinelli and her son, launch a heart-shaped paper latern during a small memorial service to remember her 5-year-old granddaughter, Ashton Arnold, on the one year anniversary of the child's death. Ashton's mother, Elizabeth Rydbom, Molinelli's daughter, was charged with child neglect in Ashton's death and is serving time in jail. Molinelli blames DCF for her granddaughter's death.

This photo of a little boy taken in January on Ile de la Tortue, an island off the northwest coast of Haiti, appeals to me because it tries to capture light and shadow — and the dichotomy of modern Haiti — in a 4-year-old child's face. Emerson Opstaint lost his father at sea after Remy Opstaint sailed from Ile de la Tortue to seek a better life for his family. He was among hundreds who risked deadly sea voyages this year from the island. Gorgeous and desolate, the rustic island's sun-bleached shores are strewn with the skeletons of wooden sailboats. Looking back on 2014, a year that ended with my mother's death, this photo means even more to me. She believed that children were the world's most precious natural resource — and hope for the future. That's what I see in Emerson's face.

This photo was taken at the Miami Dolphins game during which the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Fins at Sun Life Stadium. It’s one of those photos where the image matched not only the outcome of the game (one of our stories stated “the Miami defense was run over”) but the moment was also shown on ESPN Sports Center highlights segment.

“Winning Is Not Everything” — Orlando resident Mohannad Abuzant, 24, lifts his 5 month-old son, Mazem, as he and other tri-athletes cross the finish line. About 2,500 athletes participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon as they swam, biked and ran through the sun and sand of South Beach on April 6. The race helped raise funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Victory is not always measured in terms of 1st Place, but in remembering the reason you competed in the first place. It was amazing how that thought transformed visually.

Chad Smith takes a head-first tumble during the bull riding competition at the 65th Homestead Championship Rodeo on January 25. This event in Homestead took me out of Miami, and into an area of Dade County that reminded me of the early years when I got started in photography. I was only 16 when I shot my first rodeo.

This wrenching photo assignment was for the sentencing of a man found guilty of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death. I teared up as I photographed the sister, mother and stepfather of 13-year-old Kaely Camacho — killed in a horrific crash when Sandor Guillen plowed his SUV into the Camacho family minivan in 2012. In Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer's courtroom on June 6, I snapped the shutter as family members and supporters wept as they listened to a recording of the 911 call made by Kaely's big sister, Bree Ann Camacho, right.

Every day it seems like tragedy hits the streets of South Florida. A woman is restrained by Miami-Dade police officers in the 2400 block of NW 90th Street from entering the crime scene area where another woman was murdered. The impact of crime stretches miles past the “crime scene tape.” We hear of these horrible events sometimes not realizing how crime affects families, friends, neighbors, community and society.