Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Perfect Exposure Gallery: Vamos Bien! Photographic Exhibition on Cuba, January 7th to February. 2, 2017

Cuban Revolution, New Year's Day in 1959, Photograph by Charles Trainor
Vamos Bien!

The Perfect Exposure Gallery is proud to present Vamos Bien! From Saturday Janurary 7th to February 2nd 2017. The exhibition, which comes after the death of longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, will include recently discovered images by late photographer Charles Trainor along with images from 20 contemporary photographers offering a glimpse into the multifaceted country.

'On New Year's Day in 1959 Fidel Castro's guerrillas toppled Fulgencio Batista, a week later Castro entered Havana. Photographer Charles Trainor, traveling from Miami, documented the dictators first days as Havana celebrated with the rebels and the leaders of the new regime executed hundreds of Cubans in Morro Castle. Trainor's images, only recently discovered, reveal a collection of hundreds of black and white negatives that recorded the parades and faces of the rebels and the Cuban people.

Part II: The exhibit will also feature Cuba through the frame of 20 foreign and local photographers, offering a small glimpse into a country that remains alluring and mysterious to the general public, the photographers will include: Al Diaz, Alejandro Ernesto, Alisa Adona, Bryan Beasley, Charles Trainor, E.K Waller, Emily Corbato, Jason Zakrzewski, Jimmy Dorantes, kathy Park Wilson, Kip Harris, Leslie Bernstein, Malakhi Simmons, Mark Edward Harris, Rene Huemer, Roy Dybuncio, Susan Goldman, Victor Villegas, Vincent Hernandez, and Waleska Santiago. 

Charles Trainor (1927-1987) was a photographer in Miami from the 1950's to the 1970's. During the middle years of the last century Trainor crossed paths with subjects that would become icons in the present day. The photos of Elvis, The Beatles, and Ali not only defined his photography but also a city that was becoming a player on the world's stage. Miami was the point in all three of their history where the world took noticed, two with concerts and one with a fight. Trainor's dramatic photograph of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy caught the attention of the late President who requested a copy of the photograph and returned one to Trainor with his signature. Over the years Trainor's work was published in national and international publications: Life and Look magazine, Paris Match, Geo, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone magazine and various books and documentaries.

The Perfect Exposure Gallery is a recognized venue in Southern California to display the work of award winning and accomplished photojournalists as well as works of photographers that regard artistry and craftsmanship as a standard of excellence. The mission of the Perfect Exposure Gallery is to present exhibits free of charge to the general public with the following goals to exemplify the rich variety and impact of photography, freedom of expression, a forum for the aesthetic, the contemptible and the sublime.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 7, January 2017 to Thursday 2, February 2017 
The ashes of Fidel Castro approach Cemeterio Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Photograph by Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Leica Lounge with Andrew Kaufman Thursday, January 12, 2017 | 7:00-8:30 PM

Leica Lounge with Andrew Kaufman

Thursday, January 12, 2017   |   7:00-8:30 PM   |   RSVP

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, January 12, 2017 with photographer Andrew Kaufman. Andrew will discuss his latest book, The Isthmus, which chronicles his decade-long project to document the people and places shaped by the construction of the new Panama Canal.

Kaufman's book, The Isthmus, will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

As always, Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Bring a friend and try out Brooklyn's latest brews.
Leica Store Miami
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fidel Castro’s tomb, meant to resemble a kernel of corn, becomes an instant attraction

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Think Tank Photo Holiday Specials 2016!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced two holiday special offers on their award-winning camera bags.  The first is their Outlet Center, which is chock full of huge discounts.  
And second, through December 31st whenever you buy a Think Tank rolling camera bag you will receive Road Warrior Kit for free.  The Road Warrior Kit features 10 Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder and a Travel Pouch. That’s $54.50 worth of accessories FREE!  And don’t forget, with our special relationship with Think Tank you will also receive a free gift when you use my special URL, as well as free shipping.  So get shopping!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Caution, Season Opener for NBA's Hassan Whiteside & Miami Heat

Looking forward to tonight's season opener for the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. For the Miami Herald's Season Preview 2016-17 I photographed the Heat's Hassan Whiteside. Throwing Caution to the wind. Now that Dwyane Wade has joined the Chicago Bulls and Chris Bosh's NBA future is in limbo, the Heat must rely on Hassan Whiteside to lead an untested roster. 

I created this image using a Canon EOS 1D-X and a Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Zoom Lens, ISO 100, Shutter 200 at Aperature 7.1 The magic in all this is my Think Tank Photo Production Manager 40 carrying a multi-set of Dynalites and a B1 Profoto Head and beauty dish.

Photo by Al Diaz / Miami Herald
Photo of Al Diaz by David Santiago / Miami Herald

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC Presents: Brian Smith ‘Heads & Tales’

Location: 25 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 11AM – 6PM
Closed on major holidays
Portrait photography is a window to the soul. Regardless of whether the subject is famous, infamous or un-famous and no matter if it was shot in a studio or on location, a successful portrait reveals insight into the personality of a person in front of the lens.
This exhibit features the work by Sony Artisan and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith. During his career he has told Bill Gates what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on… For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-List and Fortune’s 50 have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Time, People, Forbes, Billboard, Elle and GQ.
All photographs were taken with Sony cameras and lenses.
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC is a showplace for the latest in Sony entertainment and technology. Located in the company’s New York City headquarters at 25 Madison Avenue, the facility offers visitors the chance to check out select new Sony technologies and products, some of which are still in the prototype stage. Additionally, the intimate space will be used for events, such as photography classes with world-renowned photographers, exclusive movie screenings, and invitation-only performances by Sony Music artists.
While the primary goal of Sony Square NYC is to allow visitors to engage with the brand, approximately 200 of Sony’s most popular products will be available for purchase. They may not all be on display, however if visitors ask for assistance, an employee can arrange for them to make a purchase. In addition, if a visitor wants to purchase something that is not in stock, employees can arrange for that product to be purchased and shipped.
Visit the Sony Square NYC website for more information about products on display and upcoming events and connect with them on Twitter and Instagram: @SonySquareNYC