2019 MSPF


Eugene Richards

Date : Friday December 6th, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: Auditorium - HistoryMiami Museum
Admission: FREE with pre-registration

Eugene Richards is a photographer, writer and filmmaker who has authored 17 books. His first publication, Few Comforts or Surprises (1973), which speaks of the lives of sharecroppers in the Arkansas Delta, was followed by Dorchester Days (1978), a portrait of the inner-city neighborhood where he was raised. Subsequent books include Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (1994), a study of the impact of hardcore drugs on inner city communities; The Blue Room (2008), a study in color of abandoned houses across rural America; and War Is Personal (2010), a documentation of the consequences of the Iraq war. Recent books include Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down (2014), which contrasts life in the Arkansas Delta decades ago and today; and The Run-On of Time (2017), a career retrospective of his photographic work.


Richards has filmed and directed a half dozen short documentary films. His most recent, Thy Kingdom Come (2018), premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is being distributed by Grasshopper Film.

Among numerous honors, Richards has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for Photographic Innovation, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for coverage of the disadvantaged.





Nikos Economopoulos

Date : Saturday December 7th , 2019
Time: 7pm
Location: Auditorium -  HistoryMiami Museum
Admission: FREE with pre-registration
WORKSHOP December 2 -5, 2019 (sold out/more info here)

Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988 he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism in order to dedicate himself to photography. He joined Magnum in 1990, and his photographs started appearing in newspapers and magazines around the world. In the same period, he started traveling and photographing extensively around the Balkans. This won the "Mother Jones Award" (San Francisco, CA) for work in progress. Upon the completion of his Balkans project in 1994, he became a full member of Magnum. His book "In The Balkans" was published in 1995 in New York (Abrams) and in Athens (Libro).

In the 1990s, he started working on borders and crossings, photographing the inhabitants of the "Green Line" in Cyprus, the irregular migrants on the Greek-Albanian borderline, and the mass migration of ethnic Albanians fleeing Kosovo. In the mid-1990s, he started photographing the Roma and other minorities. In 2000 he completed a book project on the Aegean islands storytellers, commissioned by the University of the Aegean. A retrospective of his work titled "Economopoulos, Photographer" was published in 2002, and later exhibited at the Benaki Museum, Athens. Subsequently, he returned to Turkey to pursue his long-term personal project on the country, where he received the Abdi Ipektsi award (2001), for peace and friendship between Greek and Turkish  people.


He has recently turned to the use of color. Currently, he is spending most of his time away from Greece, traveling (mostly in S.America and Africa), teaching and photographing around the world, in the context of his long-term “On The Road” project.

Magdalena Sole

Date: Thursday December 5th, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: Auditorium - HistoryMiami Museum
Admission: FREE with pre-registration
December 3-6, 2019 ( sign up here)

MAGDALENA SOLÉ is an award-winning social documentary photographer. She is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Magdalena Solé’s work touches on the themes of displacement and human suffering, societies living on the margins and places forgotten or shunned by the mainstream. Her visual narratives are often inspired by poetry. Magdalena Solé was born in Spain, raised in Switzerland, and lived in New York City for more than thirty years before moving to the deep countryside of Vermont. Visual language has been her life’s work. She earned her MFA in film from Columbia University, New York, and has worked as a professional photographer, and filmmaker. She was part of the team that won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film Man on Wire. 

An important part of Solé’s practice as a photographer includes creating artist’s books. Her photo book “New Delta Rising”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, was released in February 2012. It has won the Silver Award in 2011 at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France. The Wall Street Journal in February 2012 called her images: “lushly colorful, formally striking, restless, and electrifying.” 

 Solé teaches photo workshops and lectures internationally on photography. Her new book “Cuba: Hasta Siempre”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, will be available in 2020. Her work spans the globe: most recently she has been working in Europe documenting the life of Gypsies, and also in Japan in remote temples and villages.


Solé’s work has been the subject of eighteen solo exhibitions in the United States and internationally. She is interested in people and places on the margins. Her photography explores themes of poverty, displacement, and transition, and her international vocation has seen her complete documentary projects in places from Cuba to Japan.


Matt Weber

Date: Saturday December 7th, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Auditorium -HistoryMiami Museum
Admission: FREE with pre-registration

I was born in NYC 1958 and studied oil painting with Nicolai Abracheff who was one of
Picasso's contemporaries and a noted cubist as well. Went to Music & Art high school but
dropped out to pursue "art" on New York's subways. I am completely self-taught in photography,
although I did use all three of the books written by Ansel Adams (The Print, The Negative and
The Camera) I recommend these books to anyone interested in learning photography.

I started taking photos of the NYC streets while I was driving a Yellow cab back in '84
The things I had been seeing late at night were so intense, that I always found myself
saying  "I've got to buy a camera!"

A few years later instead of considering myself a cabdriver with a camera, I knew I was
a photographer with a taxi.

My monograph, The Urban Prisoner was published by Sanctuary Books in 2004

Published in Popular Photography, Photographica, Hamburger Eyes and many other
publications. Had a solo exhibit 4/2004 at the now defunct jan van der donk gallery
which was in Chelsea. The Peninsula Arts Center in Newport News had a solo exhibit
in 2005. Harper Levine of East Hampton New York has represented my work since 2007.

The 82 minute documentary “More than the Rainbow” came out in 2012 and covered much
of my life’s story, and had interviews with Ralph Gibson and several other prominent artists.

The monograph Street Trip was published in 2019 by Carpet Bombing Culture

Several of my prints are in the collection of Todd Oldham, Harper Levine and Richard Prince.


Christopher Bonanos

Date: Friday December 6th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm
Location : Auditorium- HistoryMiami Museum
Admission: FREE with pre-registration


Christopher Bonanos is the city editor of New York magazine, where he covers arts and urban affairs.


He's the author of Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, the first biography of Arthur (Weegee) Fellig, which won the National Book Critics Circle award for the best biography of 2018. His previous book was Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

He lives in New York City with his wife and their son, who appears in many, many Polaroid photographs.



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