Tuesday, May 28, 2019

He brought hurricanes and Celia Cruz closer to us. Miami photographer C.M. Guerrero dies


He brought hurricanes and Celia Cruz closer to us. Miami photographer C.M. Guerrero dies


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Through the lens of C.M. Guerrero

Life through the lens of photojournalist C.M. Guerrero. 
Longtime photojournalist Carlos Manuel “C.M.” Guerrero, who spent more than three decades documenting moments of history for el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald, died Sunday following a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 62.
Born in Santiago de Cuba in 1956, he was a toddler when his family joined thousands of other Cubans who ultimately fled the island and carved out a new life in the United States. He attended St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Hialeah, graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School and earned a degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. 
He joined the Miami Herald Media Co. in November 1987 and, despite health issues years later, continued to work and to produce excellent visuals through the end of 2018, including stellar coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma’s passage through South Florida. One of his most iconic photos was the result of another disaster: Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Guerrero captured a haunting image of an elderly man standing in floodwater with a look as devastated as the destruction surrounding him. The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage and service to the community in the wake of the storm.
“I loved what I did as a photographer, but it was time to move on [to] a new chapter of my life,” Guerrero wrote in an exchange with a reporter earlier this year after taking an early retirement. Few knew he was ill. 
Beyond natural disasters, Guerrero covered daily slices of life, sports, celebrities, crime and various large news events, including the international custody battle nearly 20 years ago involving a Cuban boy rescued at sea by the name of Elián González.
“My brother loved what he did,” said his sister Jenny Manzano. “He loved his work.”
Colleagues sent an outpouring of tributes, recalling him as a passionate journalist with a sense of humor and a knack for sharing compelling tales. 
“C.M. was a photo natural. It was basically impossible for him to take a bad image, even if he tried,” said Orlando Mellado, the visual editor at el Nuevo and the Miami Herald. “Old school, street-savvy, hard-nosed, he was adept at overcoming obstacles to get the job done.” 
“He was an outstanding photojournalist, vivid storyteller and incredible human being. His empathy for those whose lives he documented showed through his images,” said Nancy San Martín, managing editor of el Nuevo Herald. “He had a wonderful sense of humor, which always brought laughter to those lucky enough to be around him. We will miss his contribution to the work we do and his friendship.” 
Beyond photography, Guerrero loved life. He spent years riding motorcycles, taking in the South Florida scenery with friends. He enjoyed music, social gatherings and scrumptious meals. He also served as a mentor, sharing his knowledge and talent with younger journalists.
His generous nature touched many, leaving those who knew him grieving. 
“Broken Hearted! I can’t capture the essence of this man in words,” wrote a longtime friend in a string of emails shared by colleagues.
But perhaps he was most proud, as he liked to say, of being Cuban singer Celia Cruz’s favorite and personal photographer. Prior to her death, he traveled with the artist to the Naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and documented much of her career in the United States while developing a close relationship with her.
“His friendships reached far outside our photo circle,“ said colleague Emily Michot.
David Santiago, another fellow photojournalist, used one word to describe Guerrero: “Passionate.”
Guerrero was predeceased by his mother, Elba Guerrero, and two siblings, Alberto Guerrero and Sylvia Cancio. He is survived by his 99-year-old father, Adalberto Guerrero, three of five siblings — Eduardo Guerrero, Ileana García and Jenny Manzano — several nieces and nephews and other close relatives. Manzano, who was born in Miami and is the youngest of the siblings, said family members worried about his illness, took turns caring for him and watched helplessly as he suffered. 
“It is going to be very hard not to see him anymore, but we are at peace knowing that he is finally at rest,” she said. “His illness brought us closer together. I will cherish that forever.” 
A memorial service will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at Vior Funeral Home, 291 NW 37th Ave. 
Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.
The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell

Skyrockets in Flight

Freelance photographer Joe Rimkus Jr., who retired in 2013 from an amazing 40-year career at the Miami Herald, provides a ringside seat to Florida’s Space Coast from his dramatic Instagram feed. On May 23, he captured the launch of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket as it streaked across the sky from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Shooting from Jetty Park in Port Canaveral, his long exposure displayed the trail of fire cutting through clouds and darkness in an arc over the Atlantic Ocean, with the shadow of a lifeguard stand in the foreground providing a sense of place.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he worked from 1987 to 2019. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Think Tank Photo: Stash Master 13L Padded Travel Cube Converts Any Bag Into a Camera Bag!

Stash Master 13L
Padded Travel Cube Converts Any Bag Into a Camera Bag!
The Stash Master 13L is a travel cube that enables you to expand the photo gear capacity of any large backpack/roller/duffel, or increase personal gear space in the Backlight Elite 45L for multi-day excursions.
This padded insert is sized to fit the “Trifecta” of pro camera gear including a gripped DSLR body attached to a 70-200mm f/2.8, plus a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16–35mm f/2.8. High-density velex interior and reinforced vertical dividers keep your gear secure and protected, while carry handles make it easy to transport.

Made from water resistant fabrics with DWR coating, the Stash Master 13L will keep your gear protected, and is a great solution for pros and photo enthusiasts alike.


          Canon                         Nikon              |     Sony & DJI Mavic


Carry handles on front and top makes lifting easy
Multiple dividers allow you to customize the layout 
Tuck away front flap with removable foam panel provides better access while in a backpack
Side webbing loops to attach a shoulder strap
(shoulder strap not included)
Attach a shoulder strap for alternative carry solution
Stash Master 13L in a BackLight Elite 45L backpack

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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 Leica Store Miami is committed to bringing visibility to women within the Leica community. We're living up to that commitment by partnering with female workshops leaders, as well as curating an upcoming women's gallery exhibition and weekend festival. Register yourself, gift a workshop or simply spread the word about our upcoming events to show your support.




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Women in Focus, presented by Leica Store Miami, is a photography exhibition and weekend festival dedicated to bringing visibility to leading women in the photographic industry who shoot with Leica. Through photography presentations, panel talks, image review, and a women's-only workshop, this multi-day event will provide an outlet for photographers to discuss and empower women and their advocates within the industry. Learn more at www.women-in-focus.com
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Women in Focus Portrait Workshop with Maggie Steber

A workshop for women, by women.

July 24-27, 2019  |  Miami, FL  |  $1,995

Leica Store Miami is proud to announce the first ever all-women’s workshop with acclaimed documentary photographer Maggie Steber in conjunction with our Women in Focus weekend. In this three-day workshop, participants will have an opportunity to show their work in a group setting of women photographers, receive editing and sequencing feedback from Maggie Steber and creative peers, as well as collaborate in a hands-on portrait session.

Street Photography Workshop


Valparaíso, Chile Street Photography Workshop

with Eléonore Simon


November 15-21, 2019  |  $4,895

Leica Store Miami and the Miami Street Photography Festival are excited to announce a new street photography workshop in Valparaíso, Chile with Eléonore Simon. Join us as we explore this vibrant city’s flourishing street art, charming historic quarters and bustling street life. The Jewel of the Pacific is a gritty and lively seaport whose charm and poetry has captured the imagination of writers and artists time and time again. Come stroll the seaport’s narrow winding streets, steep stairs and brightly colored hillsides. Be inspired by the city’s rich history, unique energy, and its stunning views of the Pacific.