Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Register Now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, April 8 & 9 The University of Miami

Register Now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change

Image courtesy of Mia Tramz from the Time, Inc / LIFE VR production Defying the Nazi's.
Image courtesy of Mia Tramz from the Time, Inc / LIFE VR production Defying the Nazi’s.
We, at The Alexia Foundation, are busy preparing for our upcoming seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change. The seminar will take place April 8 & 9 at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida. It’s time to start making your plans to be there.
The seminar has a top-flight line-up. Ami Vitale will talk about passion projects and finding your voice. Pablo Corral Vega, founder of POYLatam, will showcase some of the best current work from Latin America. Adriana Zehbrauskas will discuss her body of work and her use of Instagram. Mia Tramz, who is leading the development of VR at TIME, Inc, will discuss VR and 360 videos. Whitney Johnson, National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography, will discuss cultivating and working with photo editors. Mike Davis will talk about what grants exist and how to successfully apply for them.
Two novel things about our seminar is that after morning talks, attendees will break into smaller groups so they can work more closely with speakers and experts in areas they are most interested in. We’ll also have project reviews where a select number of attendees will be able to get feedback on grant applications. 
Additionally, we’ll be having a reception on Saturday evening where past winners Aaron Vincent Elkaimand Mary F. Calvert will talk about their projects and we will announce The Alexia 2017 winners. 
The cost for the seminar is $95 if you register before Mar. 24, $110, if you register after Mar. 24. Lunch, coffee breaks and the Saturday evening reception are included in the price of the seminar. The University of Miami School of CommunicationThe Knight FoundationPhotoWings and the Nikon Ambassador Program are co-sponsors of this event.
Register Now!
We have set up a special room rate of $149/night for a limited number of attendees at the nearby Courtyard Marriott in Coconut Grove. The discounted rooms will be available for booking until Mar. 10. You can book directly at the link:  Latin America Seminar at University of Miami – Attendees Room Block Apr2017.

Download Latin America: Stories That Drive Change Schedule

For questions about Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, please contact Eileen Mignoni at eileen@alexiafoundation.org.

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
372 Miracle Mile   |   Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 921-4433   |   info@leicastoremiami.com

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