Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Photography: Coral Gables Downtown Walking Tour with Leica Cameras!

Coral Gables Walking Tour with Leica Cameras!
Saturday, March 29, 11am

Downtown Walking Tour 
Photo by Emilly Mayorga
Calling all photographers! Join us for the acclaimed Downtown Walking Tour, hosted by Leica Store Miami and the Coral Gables Museum. The first 12 tour registrants will be provided with Leica compact cameras to "capture" the energy and architecture of Coral Gables' historic business district during theis 1.5 hour history and architecture tour. Perhaps you will be inspired to submit one of your photographs into the 2014 Capture Coral Gables Contest and Exhibit, in which this year's grand prize is a Leica D-Lux 6! The tour starts at CGM and ends at Leica Store Miami for complimentary mimosas! Participants will also enjoy a special lunch offer at Seasons 52 with complimentary signature flatbread. This event repeats on the last Saturday of every month. Save the dates for April 26, May 31, June 28 and July 26.
Registrants must bring an SD CARD in order to  
keep their photos from the tour! 

Members $5;  non members $10
RSVP 305.603.8067

Monday, March 24, 2014

Carl Juste: A Retrospective – A Photo Exhibit Documenting 25 years of Photojournalist’s Career

“Through the Lens” – 60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series: Exhibit 3
Carl Juste talks to some young guests about his photo essay, “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” that opened in December, Art Basel, 2010 at the ACND Gallery.                                               Photo Credit IPC Visual Lab
Carl Juste (a graduate of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep ’81) presents a retrospective of his work documenting the course of his 25 year career as photojournalist for the Miami Herald and past exhibits at ACND including: "Cachao" 2007; "Havana & Haiti" 2008; and "Invictus: Haiti Unconquered.”

Under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl Phillipe Juste fled with his family from Haiti in 1965. Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and won a scholarship to the University of Miami. 

Although he intended to be an engineer, he could not ignore the photographic inner voice that had spoken to him since childhood. Responding to a clear relationship he shared with the visual world, Juste vigorously pursued photojournalism and since 1991, has served his community through his work at the Miami Herald. 

He has received numerous awards for his work from Picture of the Year, Pulitzer Prize, Society for News Design, Best of Photojournalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Juste is founder of both the IPC Visual Lab and Iris Photo Collective.

Juste has exhibited his own work and of his students from IPC Visual Lab many times at the ACND Gallery, and has exhibited at both solo and group shows at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Little Haiti Cultural Center, and other galleries throughout South Florida.

“Our 60th Anniversary year has allowed us an opportunity to welcome alums from as far back as the ‘50’s,” commented Douglas Romanik. “Carl, however, has been constantly present. Whether it is to exhibit his own work or of his students, to mentor our students, or teach, we are very thankful for his contribution. His influence upon our community cannot go unnoticed either. I hope that everyone comes out to celebrate his achievements!”

60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series Part 3
Exhibit Closes April 30, 2014
ACND Gallery of Art at
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep
4949 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL
(305) 751-8367
Carl Juste: A Retrospective
Opening Reception: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

CAPTURE CORAL GABLES: Photography Contest & Exhibit 2014

Coral Gables Museum

A Photography Contest & Exhibit 
Presented by the Coral Gables Museum 

The Coral Gables Museum invites YOU to participate in the 2014 CAPTURE CORAL GABLES Photography Contest and Exhibit.

Submit your photograph of The City Beautiful for a chance to exhibit at the Museum and win exciting prizes, including products from Think Tank Photo, Peak Design and the grand prize of a Leica D-Lux 6 camera!

This is a skill-based photography contest open to teens and adults, both amateur and professional.

This contest will culminate in an exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum, June 6 - August 24, 2014.

Awards will be determined by a professional jury and a public vote.

Submit your photos today!

Entry Deadline is May 2

 Proudly sponsored by Claire-Frances Whitehurst and Family and  

Interested is sponsorship? 
Capture Coral Gables offers great sponsorship opportunities for those who contribute to this high profile competition and exhibit that provides direct benefits to the community.  For more information, call Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum at 305-603-8067 or
Images of 2013 prize winners (from top to bottom): Cindy Seip, Richard Conti, Adolfo Roa and Max Reed.
About Coral Gables Museum
The Coral Gables Museum is located at the corner of Salzedo Street and Aragon Avenue in the heart of the City Beautiful and is open Tuesdays through Sundays.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

PURE – Photography Art Exhibit by Hugo Lopez

The Sense Beach House Hotel and owner Ciro Campagnoli's will host a cocktail reception to celebrate photographer Hugo Lopez's new exhibit: 
PURE on Tuesday, March 11th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl. 33139

Guests are invited to see the exhibit, mingle and enjoy champagne and delicious hors d’ oeuvres from The Local House Restaurant.

Pure will inaugurate and introduce the new Gallery space at Sense Beach House. The space will be utilized to support artists and celebrate the Miami art and cultural scene. Pure will run until mid-May.

Mexican born Hugo Lopez has been part of the Miami art scene for 16 years. His new show Pure is a representation of his work, consisting in contrasting the realms of classic and contemporary photography in relation to the fields of fashion and landscape. Mr. Lopez’s photography usually creates a link between the two with the intention of creating a context in which both co-exist.

The artist has worked in the field of photography extensively throughout the United States and Mexico. He has exhibited his work in Miami, New York City, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico and has been published in significant international art publications. He is also co-founder of FIFI projects, a contemporary art gallery with spaces in Mexico and the United States. He resides and works in Miami, FL.

Please RSVP to: Artwork will be available for purchase.

For more information about the artist and the Sense Beach House please visit and

Hugo Lopez | 786.973.9289 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Think Tank Photo: New Product Releases

Our friends at Think Tank just announced the release of new products aimed at enhancing your workflow and increased mobility.

Think Tank Photo’s new Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket (PPR) is belt-mountable, which enables you to easily whip out CF and SD cards and to keep them securely and conveniently at hand when shooting. The Modular PPR is easily secured by a sturdy hook-and-loop panel to any Think Tank Photo modular belt or to any belt.  It holds six CF cards and three SD cards, as well as other small accessories, such as a smart phone or lens cloth.

The App House 8 and the App House 10 are two hybrid bags for quick access to a small or standard-size Apple tablets and can be used either as shoulder bags or mounted on belts. Streamlined and secure, their small size, removable shoulder strap, and double-lock belt-mount make it practically effortless for you to carry and access your tablet and stay connected around town or when traveling.  Key features include: Dedicated pockets for carrying a smart phone, device accessories, plus other small items; a dedicated, easily accessible smart phone pocket with soft liner; and an internal organizer with elastic and zippered pockets for connection cables, card readers, power cables, portable charger, pens, or other personal items.

A question I receive periodically is, “What free items do my followers receive with their orders?” Here is a list of FREE GIFTS they can receive this month with every order over $50 they place.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Photojournalist Confronts Ethical Dilemma


When to take a photograph? The ethics and privacy of photographing a person in grief or tragedy — and when to step in to help or to comfort a person — has been the subject of discussion for years in my profession of photojournalism.
As a photojournalist at the Miami Herald for the past 30 years, these issues always have been forefront in my mind. From disasters, turmoil and confrontation to tragedy, defeat and death, the emotions seen on the faces of my subjects can be extreme. When to press the button and when not to press the button isn’t always clear.
Last week, a traumatic life and death event unfolded before my eyes. In front of me, stopped in traffic on Miami’s State Road 836, also known as the Dolphin Expressway, a woman stepped out of an SUV. She was screaming as she carried a 5-month-old baby who was not breathing and turning blue.
Instantly, I jumped out of my car to offer the woman help as traffic passed us by. Inexperienced to properly perform CPR, I did the best thing that came to mind: I flagged down other motorists. Help arrived and, through the life-saving techniques of CPR, the baby started breathing.
With four police officers and a good Samaritan on the scene, I stepped back and paused. My heart did not want to inflict more stress on this traumatized woman. I did not want her seeing me taking pictures, but I know that history demonstrates that compelling images can produce unforeseen and often beneficial results.
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 to those in dire need.
So, I grabbed my camera from my car and began recording what I saw. Little Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing for a second time, and his aunt Pamela Rauseo again performed CPR. I captured the Breath of Life in a still photograph.
The image has been seen around the world. In response, broadcasters and others discussed the need for people to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — and how it can save a life.
My photograph has raised that awareness.
Years of experience prepared me for that day: Respond as a human being first, a photojournalist second.

Read more here:

Al Diaz - About A Photograph from ThinkTank Photo on Vimeo.


National Press Photographers Association

Miami Herald Photographer Given Humanitarian Award

The McClatchy Company

Drama on the expressway: Drivers scramble to save unconscious baby on 836
The Miami Herald

Miracle in Miami: Baby who stopped breathing helped by news photog, other Good Samaritans
New York Daily News

Motorists Rush To Help Unconscious Baby On Dolphin Expressway

Greenwich Time



Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Oregonian



Medical Daily

Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)


Knoxville News Sentinel

New Zealand Herald

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Times Record News