Friday, November 21, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY Offerings from Think Tank Photo!

Lightweight, soft, Messenger bags with hip hugging form and room for a tablet or laptop.
Removable insert allows for multi-use capability.
In celebration of the coming holiday season, our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced a couple of fun special offers.  [Don’t forget, Think Tank offers free FedEx Ground shipping on all orders.]

They have lowered the prices on their popular CityWalker messenger bags.  Extremely lightweight, the bags feature a high quality silver-toned nylon liner, RC Fuse External/YKK zippers, and antique nickel plated metal hardware.  They have a sound silencer on the main flap (a great feature for wedding photography), extra flaps for smaller lenses with a fully lined velex insert for maximum customization, internal pockets that fit a pro-size flash, and a removable padded insert.

And, when you buy a Think Tank Photo rolling camera bag you are eligible to receive their new “Road Warrior Kit,” a $44.98 value, for FREE!  The kit consists of ten Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder (holds up to eight AA batteries), and a Small Travel Pouch.

This is a screen grab from Think Tank Photo. 
Click the links above to order.

LEICA STORE MIAMI: Jim Marshall | The Haight: Love, Rock & Revolution

Gallery Opening & Booksigning | Jim Marshall | The Haight: Love, Rock & Revolution | Wed, Dec 3, 2014 | 7pm - 9:30pm

Free Event

Gallery Opening & Booksigning:
Amelia Davis, owner and manager of Jim Marshall Photography, LLC and long-time assistant to the late photographer, will be signing copies of the new Jim Marshall book "The Haight: Love, Music, and Revolution" and share the stories behind many of his iconic works.
From the 1950's North Beach Jazz scene in San Francisco through the turmoil of the 60's and the Rock & Roll explosion in America, Jim Marshall was an integral part of the scene. Marshall was the only photographer at Johnny Cash's Folsom and San Quentin groundbreaking live concerts and The Beatles last live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Marshall documented music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and the music culture that Jazz and Rock and Roll shaped. In 2014 Marshall became the first and only photographer to be honored by the Grammys with a Trustees Award for his lifework.
In Jim's own words, " ...We were documenting History and didn't know it."
Come see moments in History through Jim Marshall's lens.
About the Book:
The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution (Insight Editions / $50.00) is a stunning collection of photographs of San Francisco in the 1960s that captures the essence of the era through Jim Marshall’s lens. Written by best-selling author, and longtime San Francisco Chronicle music journalist, Joel Selvin, The Haight shows the rise of the counterculture movement leading into the ‘Summer of Love’ like it’s never been seen before: live concerts, powerful candid’s, intimate portraits, street scenes, crash pads, and more.
The Haight features hundreds of previously unseen photographs of artists ranging from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, to Bill Graham, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and other icons of the 1960’s counterculture movement.
The Haight tells the complete and comprehensive story of the era through an intimate and revealing narrative, lending each and every image a fascinating context and perspective.
Complete with a foreword by Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, a preface by Donovan, and an afterword by former LOOKmagazine editor John Poppy, The Haight is a bold and beautiful collection capturing the full scope and nuance of Marshall’s San Francisco photography and offers fresh insight into the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, and beyond. 
About Jim Marshall
The counterculture movement of the 1960s is one of the most continually fascinating and endlessly examined milestones of the twentieth century. Widely regarded as the cradle of this social revolution, the Haight grew from a small neighborhood in San Francisco to a worldwide phenomenon—a concept that extends far beyond the boundaries of the intersection itself. Nearly fifty years later, the footprint of that era still reverberates today in music, fashion, politics, literature, design and more.
Legendary photographer Jim Marshall visually chronicled the movement as perhaps no one else did. Armed with his trusted Leica M4 camera, and unlimited access, Jim Marshall ‘s intimate and distinct style has made him one of the most celebrated photographers in the world, earning him the Grammy Trustees Award for his lifework.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PHOTO EXHIBIT: Urban Arts at KROMA Art Space

Tonight is the opening of Urban Arts Curated by Carl Juste in association with 
Barbara Gillman and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
7p.m on November 20th at KROMA, 3670 Grand Avenue, Miami,
FL 33133.  On view November 20, 2014 through January 15, 2015

Coinciding with Art Basel Miami, Urban Arts will make its gallery debut at 
KROMA art space in Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 
with an exhibition that examines the tussle and lure of the urban landscape.

Urban Arts represents a synthesis of cultures, clashing and melding to form a
new aesthetic defined by circumstance and molded by necessity. The concentration
of artistic expressions in contemporary metropolitan areas is not the result of
chance, but rather the product of compelled circumstance.

The exhibition highlights this aesthetic, featuring the innovative process of
indigenous art forms transformed into narratives that define collective

experiences of contemporary artists of color.

iWitness - Paul Bronstein 

Big Picture - John Vanbeekum

iWitness - Linsey Addario
Havana and Haiti - CW Griffin
Big Picture - Al Diaz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Miami Photo Salon: International Festival of Photography & Fine Art Photo Related Art

TRIBUTE, the most universal visage of the Cuban diaspora

Over 40 portraits by artists Luis Castaneda, Carlos Cardenes and Roberto Koltun are presented in Tribute to celebrate the  second anniversary of the Cuban American Phototheque Foundation Inc

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Dance with Daddy: Fathers at Miami Federal Detention Center Hold Dance

Inmates dance with their daughters at the Federal Detention Center Miami. The federal prison system allowed inmates and their daughters to spend tow hours dancing. (Some of the faces of the subjects have been blurred to prevent identification, as agreed upon with prison authorities.)
Omar Outten dances with his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami.


Inmate Ernest Williams, serving a 41-month drug sentence, had long stopped asking his family — a wife and five children — to come see him at the Federal Detention Center Miami. The visits, he says, left him too chastened and hurt, a stark reminder of his loss of freedom.
So when a staffer told him about the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ plan to host a first-ever dance allowing inmates to spend an afternoon with their daughters, Williams said no, instead returning to the predictable routine of his kitchen detail.
Weeks later, Williams says, he had a dream while sleeping in his cell, an unclouded vision of him dancing with his three daughters. The next day, he said yes.
On Tuesday, Williams moved beyond all the emptiness and guilt, trading a khaki jumpsuit for a light gray suit, lavender print tie and black shoes — and danced with his 9-year-old twin girls and 13-year-old daughter for a few precious moments at the detention center, a high-rise administrative facility on Northeast Fourth Street. “I haven’t seen my girls in months, I could not believe how much they have grown,” said Williams, 37, convicted of intent to sell crack cocaine. “I was so happy to see them but so sad that I will not be able to leave with them. I am here instead of being outside with my family because of the choices I made.”
Read More HERE: 
Xzavion Steadman checks his tie before seeing his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami. 
Omar Outten straightens the cuffs on his pants as he waits to see his daughter.

Xzavion Steadman greets his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami. (Some of the faces of the subjects have been blurred to prevent identification, as agreed upon with prison authorities.)
Inmate Santeli Martinez dances with his daughters visiting him in prison.
Inmate Santeli Martinez walks with his daughter visiting him in prison.
Omar Outten performs for his daughter with fellow inmates to the song My Girl by the Temptations. 
Inmate Omar Outten plays with his daughter while she visits him in federal prison.

Friday, November 7, 2014

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Al’s Think Tank Photo Halloween Contest 2014

First Place Photo by Rick McCawley
For this year’s Al's Think Tank Photo Halloween Photo Contest a witches cauldron bubbled over with a treasure trove of prizes from ThinkTankPhotoPeak Design and 3 LeggedThing. The skeletal Grim Reaper moans and groans as he hurls the loot to first prize winner, Rick McCawley! His winning image caused the gang of gnarly judges too freak out at nightmarish proportions, which caused them all to unanimously pick his entry as the most ghastly image in the brew.
Second Place Photo by Will Dickey
With a sweeping stroke, the Grim Reaper slashed away at the rest of the entries with his scythe, leaving a path of destruction which includes the gruesome second place winner by Will Dickey of the Florida Times Union.

Third Place Photo by Wilfredo Lee
Total mayhem except for the momentary pause caused by the repulsive adorableness of Weegee the angel dog by third place winner Wilfredo Lee of the Associated Press. 

First Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo Retrospective50 in Blue Slate $249.75
Peak Design CapturePRO with PROpad $109.90

Second Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo CityWalker 20 in Blue $144.75
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip $59.95

Third Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo DigitalHolster 20 $69.75
Peak Design Leash and Cuff $49.95
Some of the other photos receiving votes by the judges are seen below.
The Judges:
Charles Trainor Jr.  Miami Herald
Emily Michot Miami Herald
Jose Iglesias El Nuevo Herald
Cindy Seip Photographer