Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo Exhibit: Triple Hit for Architectural Photographer Robin Hill

Photo by Robin Hill (c)
Presented by the Coral Gables Museum and curated by renowned architecture critic, Beth Dunlop with large scale photographs by Robin Hill, Marking the Millenium is a major exhibition focusing on buildings that have been built in Greater Miami since the turn of the century. The photo above features the oculus atop the light tube that splices Miami's Wilkie D. Ferguson Federal Courthouse in two. Designed by Arquitectonica, this remarkable building features two towers: one side representing the defense and the other side the prosecution, with the light tube serving as a dramatic intervention for the light of justice.  
Also featured in the exhibition are several large scale photos of Herzog & De Meuron's brand new Perez Art Museum Miami. Jedd Novatt's superb CHAOS SAS serves as center point for the Museum's arrival circle. 

Photo by Robin Hill (c)
The second of three exhibitions in March is the sale of the entire collection of my photos from the Going, Going, Gone? exhibition originally held at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale in 2005. That exhibition was an attempt to highlight the urgent need for preservation of Broward County's fast vanishing mid-century modern architecture. The Broward Trust for Historic Preservation will be exhibiting all the photographs at The AQUA Hotel to help raise funds to continue their mission.

WHAT: Reception and exhibit/sale, in celebration of Tropic Magazine's ModWeekend
WHO: Benefiting the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation
WHERE: Aqua Hotel, 3016 Windamar Street, Fort Lauderdale Beach
First floor, Suites 2104 and 2105
WHEN:   Friday, March 14: 5-7PM
               Saturday, March 15: 11AM-1PM
               Sunday, March 16: 11AM-1PM

 Photo by Robin Hill (c)

The third exhibition this month is at the swanky W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and is sponsored by TROPIC Magazine as part of their annual MOD WEEKEND 2014. Featuring  photos by myself and Myro Rosky of Fort Lauderdale's funky and effervescent mid century modern architecture. Opening reception is Friday, March 14th from 5-7pm and the photos will be up for a week. I hope to see you there!

Photo by Robin Hill (c)
I recently photographed AIA Miami's new Miami Center for Architecture & Design designed by Shulman + Associates. You can see coverage in the architect's newspaper 

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LeBron James: LeBATMAN!

Masked LeBron James leads Miami Heat in rout of New York Knicks

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Nothing is slowing down the Heat at this point in the season — not broken noses, not masks and certainly not the broken New York Knicks and their masquerading excuse for a basketball team.
With LeBron James back in the lineup after suffering a broken nose last week, the Heat made easy work of the struggling Knicks, defeating Carmelo Anthony’s team 108-82 on Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. James waited until the lights were dimmed for player introductions to reveal his protective black mask. The scene played like some kind of hardwood adaptation of Phantom of the Opera.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Photographer David Bergman Rocks the Coffee Table with 208 Pages of Bon Jovi

By David Bergman

It’s finally here! I’m so excited to announce my new Bon Jovi coffee table book entitled WORK. It’s the culmination of my ‘work’ on two world tours with the band and I’m very proud of it. Pre-order #BonJoviWORK

The book is HUGE - it weighs nearly five pounds and is 14.4 inches tall by 21.6 inches wide when opened up. It contains 208 pages of big images from my time with the band so far - spanning back to 2010.

There is a lot of never-before-seen material in the book including photos from inside the hospital when Jon had knee surgery in 2011. I never thought we would release those!
I also documented quiet moments with all of the band members backstage and at their homes along with energetic, powerful images on stages around the world.

Jon Bon Jovi loves photography, and I have had the honor of sharing my knowledge and experience with him. There is a very special section of the book containing private photos that Jon took himself.

You can pre-order the first copies of WORK right now at
In addition, we have a very limited number of my 2013 VIP photo books available that you can get along with your WORK pre-order. These have never been for sale and we’re not printing any more. They will sell out fast.

Lastly, you can get a special copy of WORK that will be personally signed by Jon Bon Jovi. This special edition bundle includes the 2013 VIP book and a copy of the Bon Jovi concert DVD, Inside Out. There are only 350 signed books so you’d better order quickly.
I hope you enjoy the book and show it off on your coffee table for many years to come.


Can you tell me more about the book?
Here is the full description from “WORK” is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi, the top touring rock band in the world. This oversized, hardcover art book—weighing nearly five pounds—is a collection of color and black and white photographs taken by the band’s official tour photographer David Bergman during two record-breaking world tours from 2010-2013.

Exclusive, intimate, and powerful images show all of the band members on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. Never before seen photos take you inside the operating room as Jon Bon Jovi deals with the pain and successful surgery on his knee in 2011. Another section of the book features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving fans a unique look — for the first time ever — at the rock icon’s life through his own eyes. Hardcover. 208 pages. 10.8 x 14.4 inches.

Who is featured in the book?
This is a collection of images from my time on tour with Bon Jovi from 2010-2013 and includes all band members.

Are there photos from the show(s) that I attended in the book?
WORK is a collection of my favorite images from 2010-2013 and I think Bon Jovi fans will enjoy this unique look at the band on stage and off. Many of the photos have never been shown anywhere. Individual prints from all of the Bon Jovi concerts in 2013 are still available at

How much is the book?
WORK is priced at $59.99. Individual 5X7 prints of my Bon Jovi images at sell for $10 each. WORK is 208 pages of large, oversized images for the cost of six 5X7 prints. WORK is a high-quality product and I’ve worked very hard for four years to make it a reality. People who’ve seen the size of the book tell me they would pay $100 or more for it. But we wanted to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

Can I get WORK if I live outside of the United States?
Absolutely! WORK is very big and heavy and we are manufacturing custom designed shipping boxes so the book’s corners aren’t dented in transit. Shipping outside of the US is about $36 and in the US is about $8.

When will the book ship?
WORK is expected to ship in June. Be sure to pre-order yours so that you’re guaranteed to get one. If you order the package with the VIP book and/or the concert DVD, those items will ship very soon.

Can you sign my book for me?
Yes! We want you to receive the books as soon as possible, so they will ship directly to you from the warehouse in another state. However, if you see me at a fan club event or anywhere else later in the year and have your book with you, I’ll be happy to sign.

What is Bon Jovi : Because We Can (also sometimes called the 2013 VIP photo book)?
This was an extremely limited, all black and white book we made for some of the VIP ticket package buyers in the fall of 2013. Many people wanted to buy it, but it was not available for sale. There are now less than 1,000 available and the book will never be reprinted so we wanted to make it available to the fans.

Here is the full description from “Bon Jovi: Because We Can 2013” is a hardcover portfolio of exquisite black and white photographs from the award winning 2013 tour by the band’s official photographer David Bergman. The book was printed in very limited numbers and became an instant Bon Jovi collectors item immediately upon it’s release. This look inside life on the road with the world’s biggest concert tour has never been available for purchase and is finally obtainable only with your pre-order of WORK. Hardcover. 60 pages. 7.5 x 10 inches.

You can pre-order the first copies of WORK right now at


Monday, February 17, 2014

Pulitzer Prize: With Photojournalist Patrick Farrell


Winning a Pulitzer Prize is a big deal for a journalist. I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that.
Yet it’s a fleeting high. The celebration doesn’t stay with you. When you’ve won an award with images of horror and unbearable pain, what sticks is guilt and grief.
That’s the honest truth.
For me, the only lingering magic is this: A Pulitzer means I can keep my silent promise to Frantz Samedi. Samedi was a father I met on Sept. 7, 2008, in the small town of Cabaret a day after torrential rain and flood waters from Hurricane Ike destroyed its flimsy infrastructure, killing 70 people. One-third of the dead were children swept from their beds and parents’ arms.
Normally, it’s an hour’s drive to Cabaret from Port-au-Prince, but that morning it took several hours for our driver to get Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles and me through washed-out roads. We saw the first solitary bodies along the street outside of town, but soon there were crowds urging us forward.
“Babies,” we kept hearing. “There are babies.”
They were lined up side-by-side, as if sleeping. They ranged in age from infants to 12- year-olds. Many of them were naked, mud-caked.
I don’t know how I pressed the shutter, but Jacquie and I numbly went through the motions, stifling our horror.
Suddenly, Samedi pushed through the crowd with a plastic jug of water and a rag. “This is my baby,” he shouted at me.
“This is my baby! Give me a picture!”
He began crying and cradling a 5-year-old girl, peeling her muddy clothes away and tenderly washing her body. He wanted to put her in a pretty dress for a proper burial, but a pickup truck from the morgue showed up.
He protested wildly, asked them to wait so he could run to get the dress. The police convinced him to let go. They had to take her. They threw her naked body onto a stack of others in the back of the truck.
Her name was Tamasha Jean.
The way Samedi held her in his arms, her body slumped and limp, reminded me of the way parents carry sleeping children in from the car. My own daughters back in Miami were 9 and 8 years old at the time.
My racing mind clung to Samedi and his simple request to acknowledge his girl’s life. I made a silent promise to give him a picture.
How could this tragedy occur without the slightest notice of the world?
When the photo of Samedi cradling Tamasha Jean ran on the front page of the Miami Herald the next day, other people asked themselves that same question.
Humanitarian aid began pouring into Haiti to help the country recover from one of its worst hurricane seasons ever, with a total death toll of 800.
That was before the devastating 2010 earthquake.
I thought it was the worst thing I’d ever see in my life. I was wrong.
Everywhere you turn in Haiti, there is an image that has to be seen. It is a place of breathtaking beauty and strength. It makes you happy to be alive. Unfortunately, all too often, Haiti also is ground zero for disaster and brutal poverty.
Seven months after that morning in Cabaret, when Samedi’s photo and 18 others I shot during that merciless season won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, an even wider audience noted Tamasha Jean’s life and Haiti’s fragile state.
For that brief moment of recognition, Haiti wasn’t some strange country filled with foreign problems and unimaginable lives. It became a place where a father loved his daughter.
I hope that human connection happens every time Frantz Samedi’s photo is published in a newspaper or posted on a Web site or hung on a wall.
And I hope it happens for people who visit “Capture the Moment” while the Pulitzer photos curated by Cyma Rubin are on exhibit at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami.
It’s the only way I can keep my promise.

On Exhibit
What: “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs”
When: Runs through April 20
Where: Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami
Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 4-6pm Panel 1: "The Story Behind the Photo: A Conversation with Pulitzer Winning Photographers." 
Moderator: Eric Newton, Knight Foundation | Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 4-6pm Panel 2: "Photojournalism in the Digital World." 
This panel will be a conversation with photojournalists, photo editors and experts about issues such as photo-manipulation, the threat to credibility, crowdsourcing, and ethics | Moderator: Prof. Michael Sheerin, SJMC | Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize

winning photojournalists

Patrick Farrell's photos from Haiti are among 166 still frames included in the exhibit, 'Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs,' at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum at Florida International University.

Other featured images are the work of former Herald photographers Michel duCille for the calamity of crack addiction in Miami in 1987 and Carol Guzy and duCille for the devastation caused by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia in 1985.

To view each photo story CLICK HERE.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

February 12, 2014 - April 20, 2014

Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication is joining forces with the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum to bring to FIU the celebrated exhibition "Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs." Co-organized by the Newseum and Business of Entertainment, and co-sponsored by the Knight Foundation, the show has been a great success domestically and abroad, and it's the first to bring together in one place all Pulitzer Prize winning photographs, since they started to be awarded in 1942.

The exhibition's opening lecture and reception is on Feb. 12, from 4-8 p.m. 
at the Frost Museum, which is on the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC). The show is free and open to the public, and will be up until April 20. As part of the exhibition, the SJMC is organizing two discussion panels, on March 5 and April 16, which will bring together several of the Pulitzer-winning photographers, especially those with South Florida ties.

As a way to engage its students and help raise awareness about photojournalism in general, and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs show in particular, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University polled its students (via online survey) on which photo should be used on the exhibition's publicity materials, including the show's banner. Together with the exhibition's organizers, the School pre-selected five Pulitzer-winning photos to submit to the students. Selection criteria for the photographs included ties to South Florida and perceived relevance to a young audience. Polling was done during classes, when students got a chance of navigating to the survey site and casting their ballots. A clear majority of students (59%) voted for the Patrick Farrell's photograph depicting the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ike in Haiti, and the photo was incorporated into the show's main banner.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 EXHIBITION OPENING 5PM | RECEPTION 6PM |
Join us for the opening and reception of Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs exhibition. The evening will include music, light refreshments and guided tours

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 4-6pm | Panel 1: "The Story Behind the Photo: A Conversation with Pulitzer Winning Photographers." | 
Moderator: Eric Newton, Knight Foundation | Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 4-6pm | Panel 2: "Photojournalism in the Digital World." | 
This panel will be a conversation with photojournalists, photo editors and experts about issues such as photo-manipulation, the threat to credibility, crowdsourcing, and ethics | Moderator: Prof. Michael Sheerin, SJMC | Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Daily: Photos of Beckham Mayhem, Dolphin Slaughter Protest, Notre Dame d`Haiti

Soccer star David Beckham, left from center wearing a tie, attempts to tour the Kendall Soccer Park as he is surrounded by a throng of fans after announcing that he will bring a major league soccer team to Miami.

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Karla Sanjur join protesters, near the Japanese Consulate, against the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Sanjur just returned to Miami from Taiji after monitoring the dolphin hunt there. The activist want to raise awareness put pressure on Japan 

Karla Sanjur, center, joins demonstrators near the Japanese Consulate to protest against the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Sanjur just returned to Miami from Taiji after monitoring the dolphin hunt there. The activists want to raise awareness and put pressure on Japan to end the dolphin slaughter.

US Army veteran Jean Luc Saint-Victor struggles to hold back the parishioners trying to get into the opening dedication Mass for Notre Dame d'Haiti catholic church in Miami.

Parishioners welcome Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Photo Pro Expo: Celebrity Portrait Photographer Brian Smith

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 07:00 AM PST
Miami Photographer Brian Smith speaks at Photo Pro Expo
Brian Smith is very excited to be headed to speak at Photo Pro Expo this week where he’ll join an award-winning line-up of photographers including Matt KloskowskiJerry GhionisSandy PucStacy Pearsall and the great Sam Abel. If you’re in the midwest, please join us in Covington, Kentucky from February 6-10 for a very memorable weekend!
Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
Friday, February 7th, 2014
Photo Pro Expo – Covington, Kentucky
Program Description:
Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith shares the lessons he’s learned over the past 30 years capturing the faces of the famous and infamous as a top magazine portrait photographer. Brian will discuss his approach to editorial and commercial assignments from concept to final images, and detailing his approach to lighting and problem solving on productions both small and large. Smith will also share secrets about how to quickly capture the personality of the people you photograph and he will also discuss how personal projects can be used to generate editorial and commercial assignments, and allow your personal style to evolve and grow while generating assignments you love to shoot. Smith will share celebrity portraits of from his new book ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’ to show ways that you can make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.
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