Miami Photo Fest

February 27, 2019   | The Creative Corner

MiamiPhotoFest ( has announced the first edition of its annual fair to take place on February 27 – March 3, 2019. The inaugural fair will debut in the 21,000 square-foot, four-story historic Moore building in the heart of the Miami Design District, and will showcase an impressive roster of nationally and internationally renowned photographers alongside emerging and cutting-edge talents.  The festival will also feature an extensive programming schedule consisting of workshops, artist talks, lecture panels, portfolio reviews, and the 2019 MiamiPhotoFest International Emerging Photography Awards sponsored by Fujifilm. 

MiamiPhotoFest will kick off this year’s fair with an opening night reception and preview on February 27th, from 8:30PM- 11:00PM. The international Emerging Photography Award will be presented to the winners, with over $40K in prizes awarded. “We’re thrilled to confirm attendance by some of the world’s most renowned photographers, and to be hosting this multi-day festival showcasing the creative crossing of contemporary fine art and documentary photography,” explained Rolando Diaz, founder and executive director of The Florida Photographic Foundation. “This is a rare opportunity to learn new aspects of photography—from storytelling to book-production—while also meeting and hearing from some of the world’s most well-regarded photographers and industry professionals.”

MiamiPhotoFest is pleased to include an impressive roster of prominent international artists in its inaugural exhibition. French photographer Antoine d’Agata, will present WHITE NOISE, 2006-2016 his first solo US multimedia exhibition. Photographer Mathieu Bitton, who accompanies Lenny Kravitz on his world tours, will exhibit portraits of Kravitz from Bitton’s ASCENSION series. Renowned photographers such as Pulitzer prize-winning photo journalist Carl Juste, Ralph Gibson, Bruce Gilden, Maggie Steber, C.W. Griffith, and Andy Summers (former guitarist of the legendary rock group The Police) are all confirmed participants in the inaugural MiamiPhotoFest, along with other talents including Roger Ballen, Kerry Payne Stailey, Renee Jacobs, Formento & Formento, Ole Marius Joergensen, Aristotle Roufanis, and Maria Daniel Balacazar.

“We are thrilled to have the 2019 MiamiPhotoFest in the Moore Building in the heart of the Miami Design District,” said Craig Robins, CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company that has cultivated the growth of the neighborhood. “The Miami Design District is a community where creativity thrives. People come here for the best in fashion and food, to take in art and design, and to take part in creative and cultural endeavors that convene audiences with shared passions. The MiamiPhotoFest, which will explore what’s new and challenging in the world photography, has found a great home.”

Highlights from the MiamiPhotoFest 2019 itinerary include: 

  • Antoine d’Agata: CODEX, America 1986-2017, which will be the artist’s first solo U.S. exhibit, presentation, and book signing. 

  • Ralph Gibson: An intimate talk and book signing event.

  • Bruce Gilden: The artist will exhibit for the first time his poignant series Only God Can Judge Me, shot on the streets of Miami, and Farm Boys and Farm Girls, a powerful portraiture series of young farm children.

  • Roger Ballen: Brings his Theater of the Absurd exhibition to MiamiPhotoFest.

  • Andy Summers: Photographer and former guitarist for The Police will host an Intimate talk, The Bones of Chuang Tzu exhibition, and book signing event.

  • Maggie Steber: The Leica Ambassador and National Geographic photographer widely recognized for her coverage of the Katie Stubblefield’s facial transplant will exhibit her powerful “The Story of the Face”.

  • Kerry Payne Stailey: Will exhibit her long term project More Beautiful Broken, a series sponsored by Fujifilm is a collection of intimate photo essays that probe the complicated grief faced by those who suffer in silence while offering hope by showing that life is a constant movement.

  • Renée Jacobs: Photos de Femmes, an organization dedicated to giving a powerful voice to iconic representations of women and to continually promote positive depictions of women around the world, presents womenSEEwomen. 

  • Maria Daniel Balcazar: A partnership with Burn Books to present Balcazar’s Kilombo, an intimate and powerful documentary project capturing Afro-Brazilian culture.

  • FujiFilm Camera: The Fujifilm Loan offers the chance for guests to get a real feel for what Fujifilm is all about through an invitation to select a camera body and any two lenses for a trial period of three days.

  • Michael Itkoff:  A conversation on publishing, curating, and portfolio editing by the co-founder of Daylight books.

  • Copyright Alliance: CEO Keith Kupferschmid will host a free session called Office Hours, during which he will answer any copyright-related questions.

  • Nightly Events: Projections and multimedia programs are scheduled for every night of MiamiPhotoFest by the most respected collectives and projects in the world of photography, including:

  • Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund

  • Women Photograph

  • African Artist Foundation

  • Photo Vogue Italy

  • World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program

  • Aperture Foundation

  • Paris Photo

  • Head On Festival

MiamiPhotoFest 2019 is sponsored by the Miami Design District, Fujifilm Cameras, Kimpton Hotel Group, Miami International Airport, and Magnum photos, with additional support from the Southeast Museum of Photography of Daytona State College, Ceiba Edition and Daylight Books.

Additional details and full programming schedule available at


About The Florida Photographic Foundation

The Florida Photographic Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to cultivating creative collaborations, building community spirit, and developing strategic partnerships. The organization brings the photographic community together through installations and events focused primarily on thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photographic works from across the globe and representing all walks of life. 

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