MiamiPhotoFest 2019

Photography “Hands-On”

A Youth Experience with Maggie Steber and Kerry Payne Stailey


MiamiPhotoFest is pleased to present the first annual Photography Hands On” A Youth Experience with Maggie Steber and Kerry Payne Stailey.


Florida Photographic Foundation / MiamiPhotoFest in partnership with Fujifilm, Miami International Airport, Miami Design District and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are launching an interactive youth initiative. A specially crafted and unique discovery experience, a hands-on photographic arts program for underrepresented minority youth (9-12 years old) during MiamiPhotoFest.


Many times when a child is asked “what is art?”, the reply in most cases would be paintings or sculpture, but rarely photography.

In joint efforts we’re supporting these youth through the creative practice of photography. Expanding their possibilities, engaging their curiosity and creativity, allowing them to express their voices through the art of photography.

Underrepresented minority children lacking exposure to the arts will experience first-hand how they too can use the art of photography as a means of self expression. They’ll work together and feed off each others creativity and feel free to express themselves in a way that’s new and unique to them.

By highlighting the importance of seeing and feeling, these young minds will be given the opportunity to experience the transformative powers of photography first hand. With an overall objective to enlighten their potential to face and shape their reality, their generation, even their personal struggles.

A select group of students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools located in underrepresented areas will visit Miami International Airport and the Miami-Design District to participate in the Photography “Hands-On” Youth Experience Photo-Walk with featured MiamiPhotoFest Photographers Maggie Steber and Kerry Payne Stailey

Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer who has worked in 67 countries on stories concerning the human experience. Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Grant for 2017-2018 for The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, World Press Photo First Prize in Spot News, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year for Best Documentary Photo, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project, a visually-driven tabloid researched and conceived by Steber. 

In 2014, Steber was named as one of 11 Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine. She served as Director of Photography at The Miami Herald from 1999 to 2003 where the photo staff won a Pulitzer Prize and were twice finalists. Her photographs are included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Collection, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection and many private collections.

Kerry Payne Stailey is an Australian photographer based in Maine and Greater New York. She is drawn to the healing power of photography – a tool she uses for exploring and acknowledging emotions as guides to the path of happiness. For her, intimate visual storytelling is a means to sharing the powerful alchemy that is ‘hurting, to healing, to helping.  In 2015 she was named ‘Photographer of the Year’ (Moving Images) by the Lucie Foundation, which honors the greatest achievements in photography. Her photography has been published and exhibited internationally.  



MIA: Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami was Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup over 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $30.9 billion annually and approximately 60 percent of all international visitors to Florida.

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Miami Design District: The Design District is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars.

The Design District isn't just home to funky galleries and unusual art; it is also a high end shopping mecca. The neighborhood is also home to restaurants by Miami's favorite culinary names like Michael Schwartz and Michelle Bernstein. Find well-heeled locals or visitors in town for an exhibit opening or one of Miami's international annual art fairs including MiamiPhotoFest.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries.



FujiFilm: Beginning in 1934 as Japan's pioneering photographic film maker, Fujifilm has leveraged its imaging and information technology to become a global presence known for innovation in healthcare, graphic arts, optical devices, highly functional materials and other high-tech areas.