Allendale, NJ (November 19, 2013) – Leica Camera, in partnership with Miami Street Photography Festival, launches a series of exciting photographic events and partnerships at Art Basel Miami this December. Dubbed the winter playground of the global art world, the prestigious fair annually hosts over 50,000 international art enthusiasts who come to enjoy the fascinating exhibits, events, and programming against the vibrant backdrop of Miami.
During the six days of programming, in addition to a celebratory event and Leica Akademie, the final round of the multi-city X Vario City Challenge will crown a Miami winner who will advance to the national and final round of the competition. Workshops, lectures, portfolio reviews, studio shoots and more will be offered, with world-renowned Magnum photographers Alex Webb, Bruce Gilden, and Constantine Manos, along with poet and photographer Rebecca Norris Webb, National Geographic’s Maggie Steber and celebrity portrait and sport photographer Mark Mann.
To celebrate photography on a global platform, Leica and Miami Street Photography Festival will join a host of partners such as Leica Akademie, Leica Store Miami, ONA, Image Pro International, Art Media Studio, Hanhemuhle FineArt and Gramps Bar.
“Leica Camera has been lucky to work with great partners that share the same brand values and standards of excellence,” said Roland Wolff, Vice President of Marketing for Leica Camera USA. “Through the programming and collaborations at Art Basel this year, we look forward to celebrating photography in an inspiring and fun atmosphere.”
Trendy Studios in Miami’s bourgeoning Wynwood Art district will be the hub of Leica events and partnerships during Art Basel, December 3rd – 8th, 2013:
Miami Street Photography Festival
Named as an "Art Basel Top Ten" in Harper's Bazaar Hotlist section in its inaugural season, programming will take place at Trendy Studio in Miami’s vibrant Wynwood Arts District. The Miami Street Photography will host an exhibition that showcases the best of contemporary street photography, selected from images submitted by photographers all over the world. Three of the finalists will be chosen as this year's recipients of the "MSPF AWARD." The Grand Prize winner will receive the intuitive Leica X2 camera, brilliantly designed for the needs of any street photographer, a two-year subscription to online portfolio Viewbook, and a premium, handcrafted camera bag provided by Ona. Work by the panel of internationally acclaimed judges and members of street-photography collectives In-Public, Strata and Calle 35, will also be on display.
Leica Store Miami Presents Alex Webb
The Leica Store Miami, located at 372 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, will host an opening reception for an exhibit by famed Magnum Photographer and Photojournalist Alex Webb, on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 PM. Guests can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interactive Portrait Studio Featuring Celebrity Photographer Mark Mann:
Leica invites Art Basel attendees to be part of a living art exhibition on Thursday, December 5th. Celebrity photographer Mark Mann will be taking portraits of participants using the Leica S from 10am-4pm at Trendy Studios. The on-site printing of each image is supported by Image Pro International and print specialists Gady Alroy, of Art Media Studios, and Sean Black. The portraits will be printed on Hanhemuhle FineArt photographic paper and displayed outdoors across the entire Trendy Studio space to create a living street art exhibit that will be in constant transformation as each new image is added. The exhibit will remain hanging for the duration of Art Basel, capturing a unique moment in time at this year’s Art Basel. All attendees who pose for a portrait will be given digital copies. To sign-up for a free portrait, please register here: eventbrite.com/e/interactive-portrait-studio. For more details: facebook.com/events
Leica X Vario City Challenge
On December 6th, from 12-4 PM the “Leica X Vario City Challenge” makes a final splash in Miami following successful turnouts in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Leica fans can participate in this photo competition for the chance to win a Leica X Vario among many other valuable prizes. 30 lucky participants in each city are invited to shoot with a Leica X Vario for 4 hours during the City Challenge. Sign up quickly, be creative, select your favorite image, and submit it to the competition.
Leica Camera’s Art Basel Blockparty
Join Leica, ONA, and Leica Store Miami for a celebratory event on December 7th, kicking off at Trendy Studio and moving to Gramps Bar, a hip live-music venue right next door. Guests are welcome to discover Leica products and accessories in the Leica Lounge and enjoy live music and interesting photography presentations.
Leica Akademie’s goal is to increase the fun and enjoyment of photography, expand photography knowledge and bring the total Leica experience to a new generation of photographers. Beginning at the Leica Store Miami, the Akademie will host an M camera workshop on Sunday, December 8th, 10 AM – 5 PM. Participants can RSVP to email@example.com.