Monday, December 17, 2018

WISH BOOK: Parents struggle to provide glasses for young sons, who suffer from light sensitivity

The sun is out. It is a beautiful Miami winter day. Greila Javier would love to take her three children to a park or the beach, or even a stroll around the block. Oh, what she would give to spend Saturday mornings watching her 6-year-old son, Alexis, play a sport, like some of the other kids in his kindergarten class.
Instead, most days, she keeps her kids inside their dimly-lit one-bedroom, one-bath Northwest Miami duplex, where the family of five sleeps in one room and keeps its belongings in one closet. Alexis and his 21-month-old brother, Erick, suffer from an inherited, degenerative eye condition called Rod/Cone Dystrophy, which causes extreme light sensitivity. Every time they step outside, their eyes shut.
Greila Javier de Benavides holds her son Erick, 1, as her daughter Solimar, 4, at left and Alexis, 6, at right, look on while outside their home in Miami on Dec. 4, 2018. The boys are visually impaired and need specialized glasses. The family has financial difficulties. Meanwhile, mold issues in their home have forced them to get rid of a couch, two mattresses, clothing and several toys.
Al Diaz

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Greila Javier de Benavides, 26, holds her son Erick Benavides Javier, 1, and Abdiel Alexis Benavides Javier, 6, is seen at front right, as her daughter Solimar Benavides Javier, 4, jumps on the bed in the bedroom they all share at home in Miami on Dec. 4, 2018. Mold issues in their home have forced them to get rid of a couch, two mattresses, clothing and several toys. Al Diaz

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Leica Store Miami: Maggie Steber's The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma


Maggie Steber's The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 7:30 PM   |   Learn More

Join us on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. for a gallery opening with Miami's own Maggie SteberThe Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma is an imaginative dream sequence produced by Steber for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Grant in 2017. The ongoing series documents Maggie’s subconscious and imagination in photographs captured by her alter-ego, Lily LaPalma. The exhibit includes more than twenty color photographs, each treated to reveal depth and mystery. The series not only reflects countless influences from Steber’s life dating back to her childhood, it also represents a complete reinvention of herself, departing sharply from the documentary aesthetic for which she is known. RSVP to
Free Miami Street Photography Festival 4-Day All Access Pass 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pass Includes: Admission + Programming + Opening Reception + Closing Party sponsored by Leica and Titos Vodka

Pre-register before December 4th and get a free 4-Day All Access Pass to the Miami Street Photography Festival! HistoryMiami Museum will charge their normal admission fee during MSPF this year which is $10 per day for adults or $8 for children. Full weekend admission passes can be purchased for $20 at the door.

However, if you pre-register for MSPF 2018 online before Dec 4th admission is free!

Please note that during the registration process you will see a $20 charge, but your total cost will reflect as $0.00 at the end of the transaction. No credit card information is required.
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Monday, December 3, 2018

MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2018: December 6-9 | HistoryMiami Museum

December 6-9 | HistoryMiami Museum

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Guest Artists

Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect, acclaimed street and documentary photographer from Washington, DC, will discuss and present images from his long form documentary project FAITH that tells a powerful visual story about a community’s response to discrimination, both racial and religious. FAITH will be published in spring 2019 by FotoEvidence.

Friday Dec 8, 11:30 AM - Main Auditorium

Eléonore Simon
Eléonore Simon is a French-American photographer and a curator with Women in Street whose work has been exhibited in the United States and in London. After obtaining her master’s degree in art history, Eléonore moved to New York and fell in love with street photography. There, she worked as a studio manager and served as a teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography. Eléonore now lives in Chile where she is developing new work. Her photography offers an aesthetic and mysterious representation of the world: unusual camera angles, stark shadows and graphic elements create an abstracted depiction of urban life.
"Valparaiso Adrift"
Thursday Dec 6, 5:30 PM - Main Auditorium

Barbara Peacock
Barbara Peacock is an assignment photographer living in Portland, Maine. She studied fine arts at Boston University School of Fine Arts, and photography and filmmaking at The School for the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. She started as a street photographer and gradually became an assignment lifestyle photographer. Her commercial clients include Arm & Hammer, French's, Disney, Stride Rite, Brookstone. Editorial clients include People, Newsweek, Real Simple, Family Circle, Oprah, Family Fun. My images have been licensed by Toyota, Coca-Cola, Kodak, Wells Fargo, Tylenol, Volkswagen etc.
In 2016 she published Hometown –1982-2015 - A thirty-year photographic project of the small town where she grew up and continued to live as an adult. Published by BazanPhotos Publishing, Brooklyn NY. Printed in the USA by Puritan Capital.
Her current project, American Bedroom- reflections on the nature of life is a cultural and anthropological study of Americans in their private dwelling; their bedrooms. It will encompass the entire United States. It was the recent recipient of the Getty Editorial Grant 2017.
She founded a non-profit organization ‘The Nightingale Project’ that teaches art and photography to needy children. She travels with a mix of adults and high school students. Journeys so far have been to Haiti, Cambodia and New York.

"The American Bedroom, (the hunt and the dance)"
Saturday Dec 8 , 4:30 PM - Main Auditorium

Jamie Rose

Jamie Rose is a Co-Founder and the COO of Momenta Group, LLC, which owns Momenta Workshops and Momenta Creative.  Jamie’s early career was spent in the halls of power as a Press Corps photojournalist covering Capitol Hill and the White House, primarily as a contractor for The New York Times. 
Her passion for working with nonprofits leads her documentary coverage of humanitarian and health crisis in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Her clients included organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, & Tuberculosis, and Physicians for Human Rights among others.
In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won acclaim from the Alexia Foundation for Global Peace & Cultural Understanding, as well as the White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) health care workers in wartime Northern Uganda. Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit communications and has been interviewed about the importance of storytelling in nonprofit communications by Photo District News (PDN), Creative Marketing & Business Podcast, and News Photographer Magazine among others. She has been an invited lecturer on communications for nonprofits at The Foundation Center, Colombia University, Hiram College, University of Oregon, the Northern Short Course, as well as her alma maters.
Jamie holds degrees in Communications from American University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She lives in the mountains of Oregon with her husband, co-founder of Momenta John Chris Anderson, and their rescue dog, Cody

"Funding Your Personal Project"
Thursday Dec 6, 4:00 PM  - Main Auditorium

Ricardo Perini

Ricardo Perini was born in Goiânia, State of Goias, in Brazil.  Perini studied Forestry and Photography at ICP and SVA in New York City.  He is an avid street photographer and a member of FLANARES, a street photo collective from Brazil that is MSPF’s guest Collective exhibit this year. 
His new book “Virtude Cênica” (Scenic Virtue) curated by Eder Chiodetto, renowned photography curator in Brazil, will be officially released at this year’s festival. 
Perini currently lives and works in Curitiba as an Architectural and Interiors Photographer.

"Ricardo's work and his collective Flanares from Brazil"
Saturday Dec 8, 1:30 PM - Main Auditorium

Vladimir Marcano

Vladimir Marcano, from Caracas, Venezuela works as a freelance documentary photographer focusing on reportage, portraits and editorials for newspapers and magazines in Venezuela and abroad.
In 2009 his work started to get published in multiple newspapers and magazines, including:  The Guardian, Bloomberg News, Cambio 16, Univision, La Nacion, El Mundo, Diario Reforma and Veja Magazine. Last year he was short-listed at the Latin American Photobook Award, Cuatro Caminos Museum, Mexico City (2017), for his book “El Mal” about the neurodegenerative disease of el Zambito in the impoverished village of Barraquitas.
Marcano has received a third special mention in the Documentary category at the 1st Photography Biennial Daniella Chappard (2000), Honorable Mention at the VII Pirelli Salon of Young Artists (2007) and Finalist at the first Latin American Photography competition, Monterrey, Mexico (2018).
Marcano has had numerous exhibitions in Venezuela; he has also exhibited in Indonesia, Holland and Mexico. His exhibit “La Tempestad” (The Tempest) is one of MSPF’s satellite exhibits this year, at the Miami Institute of Photography.

"Discussion about his latest work and his exhibit 'La tempestad'"
Friday Dec 7th, 5:00 pm - Main Auditorium

Anna Van Lenten

Anna Van Lenten curates the The Half King Photo Series in Manhattan at The Half King, 505 West 23 Street, and Director of the LightField Festival.
The photography that the Series champions deepens and clarifies issues of our time and news stories we race through day to day. Projects in the Series highlight the strange and compelling, the overlooked and underreported. To illuminate context, text, video, or audio is often pulled in as part of our presentation.
The Series bi-monthly exhibit openings and photo book launches are live events centered around a print exhibit or photo project. Driven by conversation, they are a chance for audience and photographer to engage with each other about the layered ideas in the photographer's work. Such face-to-face connection invites fresh, un-canned insight about the photography at hand. The intelligence, spontaneity, and focus Half King audiences bring are vital to our screen-centered lives.

"MADE IN THE SHADE: Two Photographers Delve into the Shadow Side of Florida" - Moderator
Thursday Dec 6, 2:30 PM - Main Auditorium

Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson is a photographer, web developer and publisher of Street Photography Magazine.  Originally trained as a journalist, he created the magazine out of his love of street and documentary photography and desire to find his own photographic voice. While conducting interviews with photographers from around the world he strives to ask questions on behalf of other photographers on the same path.  
Over the past 6 years of publishing Street Photography Magazine he as reviewed the work and studied the portfolios of hundreds of photographers at all skill levels. In the process he has identified some common traits of those who have gained notoriety in the digital world as well common mistakes that can be avoided.
"Leave Your Photographic Legacy in a Digital World"
Friday Dec 7th, 12:30pm - Main Auditorium

Casey Meshbesher

Casey Meshbesher is a fine art and street photographer from Minnesota. Casey has been involved with video and photography for the past 25 years. A social media enthusiast, Casey is the founder of Women in Street.
Women in Street is a multi-platform social media collaborative, a global network established in 2016, which provides a blogzine and several social media platforms. It provides a community forum, and showcases the work of emerging talent and seasoned artists.
"Women in Street"
Friday Dec 8, 3:30 PM - Main Auditorium

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia (Born Miami, 1984) is a NYC based freelance photographer. He spends most of his time wondering sidewalks looking for interesting spontaneous moments. He always shoots candidly and rarely speaks to the people he captures. Influences include Gary Winogrand, Matt Stuart, Gus Powell, Aaron Berger, and Andrei Wagner to name a few. Clients include Vice, Konbini, AirBnb. and Next Level UK.
In 2015, he founded the NYC Street Photography Collective (NYC-SPC) as a way for local street photographers to meet and share their thoughts on the genre as an alternative to web based communities. The goal was to establish a local community for street photographers to exchange ideas, experiences, photographs, while promoting the art of shooting street.
Jorge has organized and curated several shows in NYC as well as designed, edited, and published a variety of magazines and books

"Building Communities through the Art of Street Photography"
Friday Dec 8, 2:00 PM - Main Auditorium

Andy Kochanowski

Andy Kochanowski is a proud citizen of the city of Detroit, MI, and a founding member of the Burn My Eye street photography collective. He has been doing street and documentary photography for over 15 years. His work has been published in numerous print and online publications and has been exhibited in Berlin, Warsaw, London, Paris, Milan, Detroit and Wales.

"The Indecisive Moment: A Talk on Street Storytelling"
Saturday Dec 8, 12:00 PM - Main Auditorium

Last Chance for Free Admission

Free Admission to HistoryMiami Museum before Dec 4th

HistoryMiami Museum will charge their normal admission fee during MSPF this year which is $10 per day for adults or $8 for children. Full weekend admission passes can be purchased for $20 at the door.

However, if you pre-register for MSPF 2018 online before Dec 4th admission is free!

Please note that during the registration process you will see a $20 charge, but your total cost will reflect as $0.00 at the end of the transaction. No credit card information is required.

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Portfolio Reviews at MSPF 2018

Sign up now for reviews with McCawley, Meisler, Patterson, Peacock, Perello, Suspect, Turpin, and Welles
What does it really take to shoot a compelling photo and put together a concise group of images that shows off your best work and represents who you really are as a photographer?
The Miami Street Photography Festival is thrilled to offer a limited number of portfolio reviews by renowned photographers Barbara Peacock, Meryl Meisler, Nick Turpin, Rick McCawley, Bob Patterson, Chris Suspect and Lauren Welles. Sit down with any one, or all of these highly experienced photographers in an intimate, one-on-one session, as they offer feedback, share their insight, and guide you on a path to clearly expressing your personal vision. 
11am-3pm on the hour.
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$150 for (3) three 30 min. reviews (choose any three)

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Photography: Andy's Warhol a Bob Adelman Private Viewing at the AK Foto Studio

Think Tank Photo: Camera Rain Covers

Love it or hate it, extreme weather will clear the sidelines at any game. Only photographers willing and ready before the moment will capture the excitement. Rain or snow, I protect my Canon EOS 1D-X's and Canon lenses from stormy weather with Think Tank Photo's camera rain covers. Receive a free gift when you purchase at least $50 of gear, plus free ground shipping. All you have to do is start shopping and your cart will automatically offer you a choice of a free gift! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover-Small

Wow! Photographer Samuel Navarro just walked up to me showing off his brand new Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover-Small. So easy to use, Love it!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released two new concepts in camera gear protection.  The Emergency Rain Covers, that come in two sizes, are small, lightweight, fast-deploying protective covers you can have on hand when weather conditions change swiftly and you need to protect your bodies and lenses. This new concept in weather protection is so popular the company has already sold out the first shipment. More to arrive soon. 

The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.  
“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch.  “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits.  Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”
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The Lens Case Duos are protective lens sleeves that can be used both when transporting your lenses in transit and while shooting.  They are available in a range of sizes to fit most DSLR and Mirrorless lenses. Being a photographer is about getting to the right location at the right time — which can often be challenging.  To help photographers protect their lenses from the rigors of travel, Think Tank Photo has just released the Lens Case Duo series of six quick-access, dual-opening padded lens cases.  A zippered lid and side opening is a unique feature compared to other lens cases.

With the Lens Case Duo, photographers can protect their delicate lenses while transporting them in rolling cases, backpacks or shoulder bags.  These cases can then be converted into a modular system for quick access in a bag or on a belt.  A shoulder strap is included for the six larger sizes: Lens Case Duo 5, Lens Case Duo 10, Lens Case Duo 15, and Lens Case Duo 20, Lens Case Duo 30, and Lens Case Duo 40.  Two exterior stretch pockets provide space for a lens cap or a cleaning cloth. Soft zipper protectors and a plush lining protect sensitive and expensive lenses from scratches. 
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