American Color / Florida Pictures


by Constantine Manos

© Constantine Manos


American Color/Florida Pictures features a selection of Florida images by Constantine Manos. A member of Magnum Photos since 1963, Manos has shot for Esquire, LIFE, and Look, among other publications, and his photographs are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris. This exhibition highlights images from his American Color project, documenting specific moments in American life. On view are photographs from Miami Beach, Hollywood Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, and Daytona Beach, captured from the 1980s through the 2000s. 


American Color/Florida Pictures was organized for the Miami Street Photography Festival, and is a project of HistoryMiami Museum’s Center for Photography.


Meet renowned photographer Constantine Manos up close and join him on his walk and talk tour of the exhibit during the festival, Thursday, Dec. 7th.



Every year the Miami Street Photography Festival showcases the best contemporary street photography in the world.  This year a jury panel of renowned street photographers selected ninety-nine finalists from the International Street Photography Competition which are displayed in this unique exhibit.  Sixty-two countries participated. The top three winners will be the recipients of the 2017 MSPF Awards. 


Also in display are the top three finalists of the Miami Photo Series competition, a contest that pays tribute to our host city of Miami.  The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony. 

Images of the Finalists will be on display during Art Basel week starting Dec. 7th













©Gay Block


South Beach, 1974-1990: Photographs of a Jewish Community explores South Beach the way it was. During the 1970s and 1980s, highlighted photographers Gay Block, Gary Monroe, Richard Nagler, David Scheinbaum, and Andy Sweet each undertook long-term documentation projects of South Beach, before the neighborhood transformed into today’s world famous tourist and nightlife destination. HistoryMiami Museum will display selections from each of their projects, offering personal portraits of the neighborhood in an era when South Beach was predominantly an elderly Jewish community. In addition to photography, the exhibition will also feature Gay Block’s documentary A Bie Gesunt (As Long As You’re Well).

This is a project of the museum’s Center for Photography. Sponsors include the Knight Foundation and Susannah and John Shubin.



Photographs by the Finalists of the Miami Photo Series competition


For the third year, MSPF will showcase the top winners of the Miami Photo Series competition.  A team of award winning photographers will select the best photographic series that document life in Miami and pay tribute to our home city. This photography exhibit will be displayed at HistoryMiami Museum.






© Makis Makris


Each year MSPF invites a street photography collective to showcase their work, this year we are proud to highlight the Bulb Collective from the Balkans.  Michail Moscholios founded the BULB Collective in January 2015 after inviting 6 Bucharest photographers to join him. BULB presently consists of 41 photographers from Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, active in urban and rural photography, with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments. ​They share the same vision but not the same perspective, which gives the necessary "polyphony" in their extremely ambitious endeavor to cover all the aspects of the Balkan neorealism.

The photographers’ visual signatures aspire to create iconic images and to be the best in metamorphosing and interpreting all aspects of life in this highly contradictory and fascinating part of the world. 

From the Archives: Miami News Collection























Founded in 1896 as the Miami Metropolis, the Miami News was Miami's evening newspaper for many years. In the 1940s, the News began using photographs in the paper and, consequently, began building its photo morgue. The paper systematically kept and organized photographs it considered to be of enduring worth. In 1973, the paper moved to the Miami Herald building. As space was limited, the photographic prints were kept, but almost all the negatives were destroyed. On December 31, 1988, the Miami News ceased publication.

During the 1980s, the Miami News donated many negatives and prints to the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (now HistoryMiami Museum). In 1989, after the Miami News had ceased operations, Cox Enterprises, the Miami News’ parent company, disposed of the paper’s assets. Through the efforts of Miami News editor Howard Kleinberg and publisher David Kraslow, Cox Enterprises gave the historically important materials to the museum.

The Miami News Collection is one of HistoryMiami Museum’s significant photojournalism collections and is a major part of the museum’s image archive, which holds more than 2 million photographs and negatives. This selection features some of the collection’s more compelling and interesting photographs from various decades of the paper’s history.


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