”Zurumbático is an endless journey to the place where One hundred years of solitude, the literary work of the writer Gabriel García Márquez was born. A story full of extraordinary essence, contained in thousands of Latin American villages, roots of a gigantic empirical hemisphere, passionate, forgotten, fickle, violent, improvised and above all, happy”. Excerpts from Zurumbatico’s statement.

Luis Cobelo: “Latin America is quite ‘zurumbatica’ and we will keep on being ‘zurumbaticos’”

Zurumbatico, the photographic exhibition inspired by 100 años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), arrives to the Miami Institute of Photography, after having been in Italy and Mexico. At this stop, its creator, Venezuelan photographer Luis Cobelo, promises a frenzy format that will include surprise performances, a ‘zurumbatico’ dress-code, as well as music, as Read more about Luis Cobelo: “Latin America is quite ‘zurumbatica’ and we will keep on being ‘zurumbaticos’”[…]

19th Century Photography Techniques are Back

A group of contemporary creators has decided to go back to the origins of photography, and continue to work with techniques that are nearly 200 years old. Looking at the romantic styles of their predecessors, the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic has revived in contemporary image-making. This has been the case of the Adam Fuss series Home and Read more about 19th Century Photography Techniques are Back[…]

Photography and art events around the globe

Photography and art events around the globe 

Fotofest 2018 Biennial: India   March 10th-April 22nd Houston In 2018 the FotoFest Biennial is hosting INDIA. Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art. It is the first time that FotoFest focuses directly on South Asian photography. Exhibitions across the city will showcase the works of 47 photographers and artists from India and the indian diaspora who address issues ranging from race, racism, gender, environment, Read more about Photography and art events around the globe […]

An open invitation to travel through the history of photography Artist, teacher, researcher and consultant, José Ramírez has been sharing his knowledge of the history of photography for 10 years; this experience authorizes him to expand on many issues related to the transformation of the medium through the years and the impact it has had on the ways of seeing. His workshop on history, offered at MIP, is basically about how photography impacts our lives and how it has impacted the lives of others through time. It is an invitation to tour through the images that have shaped the medium and the arts, an invitation to deepen ourselves into the images displayed in museums, galleries and books, an invitation to be aware of the ideas that triggered those images. Ramirez’s experience includes teaching at the Center for Research and Photo Studies CiEF (www.ciefve.com), where he is director, as well as at the School of Design Altos de Chavón, where he carried out an artistic residence. Ramirez is currently based in Caracas-Venezuela, Dominican Republic and South Florida. -Why is it important to learn the history of photography? Anyone who aspires to embrace photography seriously, either as a profession or as a hobby, must understand the development of the discipline, from the technical point of view and, more importantly, from the aesthetical, social and cultural point of view. Photography has become the most common means of expression; it is a form of knowledge, it has defined our ways of understanding the world since the end of the 19th century; we need to understand this journey, to identify how the works done by main photographers are connected among them, how they have become genres. This is fundamental, not only as general knowledge, but as nourishment for our own personal language. -Within the program of the history of photography, can you mention major events that have been crucial for the development of photographic techniques and images? We started the workshop with the pioneers in America and in Europe, at the end of the 19th Century. At the time, there was a great difference between the two continents and the individual motivations were therefore very different. In Europe, the artistic avant-garde was in full fury, Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstractionism and Surrealism changed the way we relate to the world and conceive art. In Europe, photography emerged as a discipline at the time; its leading figures and propellers were avant-garde artists, who consolidated photography as an art medium. In the United States the situation was different; the country was being built at high speed with Industrialism and Modernity, defining the initial interest of photographers for the documentation of these processes of social change. -Can you talk about the structure of the class? After studying the beginnings of photography as a discipline, we will tour through important moments, following a socio-cultural approach, accompanied by the works of the main photographers in each edition. There, we will see how wars, civil strives, scientific achievements, ventures and conquests define our visual needs, which are then resolved by photography. In the workshop, we will simultaneously study the timeline of the main events of the world, the photographic milestones and, very importantly, the evolution of photography as an art medium. Memorization of dates is not important here, it is not history in a heavy boring sense; we will concentrate on making connections and analogies, which is fun and amazing. For instance, we will see how Avedon’s portrait tradition consolidated in the United States and its connection with the New Objectivity of August Sander, in Germany, and with the study work of Nadar, in Paris. Tradition does not refer to “the old", tradition is like a big river where many streams converge. Is the workshop that you have designed open to the public in general? Is pure theory or is there practice involved? Can you define the target? The workshop is 60% theoretical, in the sense that we are going to study the photographic tradition in depth, but at the same time students are required to do readings, watch films related to photography, listen to music and share these materials in class. It is all about exchanging ideas and discoveries; It is like a trip we will undertake together, with a compass and a map, but varying the route according to the diversity of interests. The workshop is aimed at both people who are just starting in photography and professional photographers, but also for critics, curators or just photography admirers. It does not require prior knowledge other than what modern and post-modern life have given us. -When did you start teaching this workshop; where and how have you seen it evolve through time? I have been teaching this workshop for 10 years, initially focusing on the study of the main photographers with a chronological approach. Over the years, this approach has incorporated analogies and connections, so in each session we can study a photographer from the 19th century along with another from the 70s and another one more contemporary, if that helps us to understand the evolution of a genre or style. In the last 3 years, I have taught the workshop online, with students in different countries, which has been a very enriching experience. During the last 2 years this content has also been adapted to students of Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Fine Arts, during my stay at the Design School of Altos de Chavón. All experiences have enriched the workshop and improved its assimilation by an increasingly varied audience. -How did you get involved in teaching photography and where? I have been linked to teaching since 1986, initially not in Photography but in other scientific disciplines; when I decided to give photography a higher priority, teaching was part of my activities, first in Caracas, 10 years ago, at the Photography Workshop of Roberto Mata and then, since 2016, at the Research Center and Estudios Fotográficos (CiEF), which I founded and have directed for the past seven years. I have given workshops, conferences and participated at events in several countries. Since In 2016 I joined the staff of professors at the School of Design of Altos de Chavón (associated with Parsons NY), in the Dominican Republic. In Chavón I had the opportunity to develop the programs of Photography for Visual Communication and Fine Arts. Teaching Photography is a fundamental part of my work as an artist and a photographer. -What is the format of the workshop that you are now offering at MIP? The workshop at the MIP will be taught face-to-face, with eight weekly sessions, but with the possibility of permanent digital communication and coordination of attendance to the events (exhibitions, talks) that take place in the city. -Are there any readings, books, films, etc., that might help motivate people to sign up for you class? Photography and photographers have been present in the culture of our time, it is sometimes more natural to be protagonists of films, as in the case of films such as Rear Window, Fur, Laura Mars, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which photographers are protagonists, even films like Interestellar or The Shape of the Water in which the photographic language consolidates the action. Publications like 1-in-8 Millions of the New York Times, prizes like WorldPress Photo or Photo District News can serve as sources of motivation for those who want to understand the immense field that we are going to study. I recommend several readings, however On Photography, by Susan Sontag, remains as one of the fundamental books for anyone who wants to get close to Photography. CAPTIONS: 1- Meudon, 1928. André Kertész 2- Glass tears, 1932. Man Ray 3- US Steel, Pittsburg, 1955. Eugene Smith 4- Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955. Richard Avedon 5-The Civil War in Spain. How they Fell. Robert Capa, 1936. 6- Twenty Six Gasoline Stations, 1962, Ed Ruscha. 7- 1-8 Yuma, 1972, Stephen Shore 8- Unititled Film Still #14, 1978, Cindy Sherman 9- John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980), by Annie Leibovitz 10- New Brighton, 1994, by Martin Parr

An open invitation to travel through the history of photography

Artist, teacher, researcher and consultant, José Ramírez has been sharing his knowledge of the history of photography for 10 years; this experience authorizes him to expand on many issues related to the transformation of the medium through the years and the impact it has had on the ways of seeing. His workshop on history, offered Read more about An open invitation to travel through the history of photography[…]

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Photography and the power to connect us to ourselves: A conversation with Carolina Muñoz

Enthusiasm and curiosity are key for starting up with photography, and that entails keeping our senses open to styles, visions, and ways of processing images. All along the way, guidance is fundamental for developing our own visual style and language. To facilitate the creation of images, a team of professionals has gathered at MIP in Read more about Photography and the power to connect us to ourselves: A conversation with Carolina Muñoz[…]

Photobooks: from the idea to its final shape; an interview with Ricardo Baez

  Regarding the recent prize given to the photobook Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation, by Mathieu Asselin, granted in the category ‘First Photobook’ at the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017, the MIP team spoke with its designer, Ricardo Báez. The participation of Báez in this photographic event also included the catalog of 10×10 CLAP! Contemporary Read more about Photobooks: from the idea to its final shape; an interview with Ricardo Baez[…]

EL MAL, A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY ON SAN VITUS DANCE

El Mal, a photographic essay on Saint Vitus Dance

In 2010, the English journalist Charlotte Raven, learned that she was suffering from a neurodegenerative disease known as Hungtington’s Disease. She had it in her body but the symptoms hadn’t yet appeared. She then decided to face her imminent future by researching on the subject, focusing on Venezuela, the country with the highest concentration of Read more about El Mal, a photographic essay on Saint Vitus Dance[…]

Photography and art events worth checking out

Photo and art events worth checking out

Paris Photo November 9-12 In 1997 the city of Paris offered a unique event dedicated to photography. From then on, Paris Photo has been considered the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium. On November 9-12, 2017, people interested can attend the historic Grand Palais to enjoy the 21st edition of Paris Read more about Photo and art events worth checking out[…]

Robert Delpire and Josef Koudelka. Prague. 1978.

Robert Delpire: A Life Devoted to Publishing Photography

His name may not sound familiar to the younger generation of photographers, but Robert Delpire was responsible for publishing some of the most influential photobooks of the 20th century. Born in Paris, in 1926, Delpire passed away on September 26, 2017 at the age of 91, after having dedicated 69 years of his prolific life Read more about Robert Delpire: A Life Devoted to Publishing Photography[…]

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The reinvention of photography after iPhone

On 2017 iPhone is celebrating its 10th anniversary, time in which Apple Inc. has created 18 mobile phones, including the new ones on the list: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 10 years have passed since Steve Jobs gave a remarkable speech to launch the first iPhone.“Today Apple is going to reinvent the Read more about The reinvention of photography after iPhone[…]