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A Look Inside the Miami Street Photography Festival 2016

2016 MSPF Finalists Exhibition at the HistoryMiami Museum
2016 MSPF Finalists Exhibition at the HistoryMiami Museum

The Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) is an international platform that showcases the finest of contemporary Street Photography. This event has been growing in popularity and this year’s MSPF was the best ever. It featured world-class photographers like: Martin Parr, Richard Kalvar, Alex Web, Jill Freedman, Rebecca Norris-Webb, Maggie Steber, and others.

Held from December 1st-4th, 2016, the MSPF had something for everyone. Ever wondered what a photo critique and portfolio review by some of the world’s most accomplished photographers -including Magnum’s president and vice-president- looked like? Highlights of the event included such portfolio reviews, talks by the above mentioned artists and more, workshops, three dedicated candid photography exhibitions, two contests, Get-Your-Hands-on-a-Leica event, and the most alluring Photo Slam – in which keynote speakers critiqued entries by budding photographers. Praise goes out to The HistoryMiami Museum – in partnership with the Leica Store Miami, Adobe, APF and the Dina Mitrani Gallery – for hosting the three-day festival during Art Basel Week.

A decisive moment

The overall quality of photographs exhibited by the 2016 Contest finalists was remarkable. At the very heart of Street Photography is the so called “decisive moment”, a term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1952. Cartier-Bresson insisted that, “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”. He applied this to photography by stating that, “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression”. It appeared that this “sense of a moment” was the invisible thread connecting the images from all eighty finalists with their own unique styles. As a supporting exhibition the MSPF had Violet Isle, by powerhouse couple Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris-Webb. Violet Isle was a journey to the soul of Cuba, captured via over a decade of travelling to the island nation.

The event was a total success; all the visitors had a blast. For those aspiring street photographers you could get your dirty, geeky photographer hands on a high-end Leica camera to borrow for a couple of hours to shoot in the streets of downtown Miami. That wasn’t even the best part! There were Parr, Kalvar, Freedman, Webb, and Steber providing a combined 337-years’ worth of living, walking history. The MSPF during Miami Week was the best single event for emerging photographers to network and gain exposure. We look forward to an even greater event in 2017.

Eloy Costa
1 Comment
  • Diamelys Albelo
    Posted at 03:44h, 12 December Reply


    I will definitely be attending next year and hope to see more amazing work.

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