MiamiPhotoFest Announces Itinerary, Confirms Participation by Renowned Photographers Ralph Gibson and Antoine d’Agata

The 2019 Inaugural Festival To Be Held February 27 through March 3, 2019



Miami, Florida - December 4, 2018 – The Florida Photographic Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, today announced its inaugural 2019 MiamiPhotoFest itinerary with confirmed participation by renowned photographers Ralph Gibson, Antoine d’Agata, Bruce Gilden, Roger Ballen, Maggie Steber and Andy Summers. The organization unites the global photographic community through powerful installations, workshops, and events highlighting exceptional and thought-provoking collections. MiamiPhotoFest 2019 will be held February 27 through March 3, 2019 at the historic Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street, in the heart of the Miami Design District. Meanwhile, the 2019 MiamiPhotoFest International Emerging Photography Awards sponsored by Fujifilm are currently accepting submissions through January 6, 2019, with more than $40k in prizes. 

The 2019 MiamiPhotoFest will offer curated exhibits, artist talks, and signings. The Photo Fest is expected to be a well-attended cultural and educational event and will include a wide array of photography workshops, lecture panels, Q&A sessions, free giveaways, portfolio reviews, a photobook fair, exciting youth activities, and grants. Also planned are book signings from several leading publishers in the area of photography. Attendees will receive a free copy of “Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark”, showcasing a select group of artists and documentarians who have captured behind-the-field scenes and stories during a season of minor league baseball. 

“We’re thrilled to confirm attendance by five of the worlds most renowned photographers and to be hosting this multi-day festival showcasing the creative crossing of contemporary fine art and documentary photography,” explained Rolando Diaz, founder and executive director of The Florida Photographic Foundation. “This is a rare opportunity to learn new aspects of photography—from storytelling to book-production—while also meeting and hearing from some of the world’s most well-regarded photographers and industry professionals.”

The MiamiPhotoFest 2019 itinerary includes: 

  • Antoine d’Agata: “CODEX, America 1986-2017”, which will be Antoine d’Agata’s first solo U.S. exhibit, presentation, and book signing. 

  • Ralph Gibson: Intimate talk and book signing event.

  • Bruce Gilden: Will be exhibiting for the first time his poignant series “Only God Can Judge Me” shot on the streets of Miami and Farm Boys and Farm Girls, a powerful portraiture series on young farm kids.

  • Roger Ballen: Brings his Theater of the Absurd exhibition to MiamiPhotoFest.

  • Andy Summers: photographer, and former guitarist forThe Police, will have Intimate talk, “The Bones of Chuang Tzu” exhibition and book signing event.

  • Maggie Steber: Leica Ambassador and NationalGeographic photographer widely recognized for her coverage of the Katie Stubblefield’s facial transplant, Maggie will exhibit her powerful, imaginative dream sequence, “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma”.

  • Kerry Payne Stailey: Will exhibit her long term project “More Beautiful Broken” a series that probes the complicated grief facing those left behind when somebody they love dies by suicide sponsored by Fujifilm.

  • Renée Jacobs: “womenSEEwomen” Photos de Femmes organization is dedicated to giving a powerful voice to iconic representations of women and to continually promote positive depictions of women around the world. 

  • Maria Daniel Balcazar: MiamiPhotoFest is pleased to team up with Burn Books to present Maria Daniel Balcazar’s  “Kilombo”, an intimate and powerful documentary project that captures the Afro-Brazilian culture.

  • FujiFilm Camera: Fujifilm Loan Program Get a real feel for what Fujifilm is all about, pick one camera body and any two lenses for a trial period of three days.

  • Michael Itkoff:  a conversation on publishing, curating, and portfolio editing by co-founder of Daylight books.

  • Copyright Alliance: Copyright Alliance: CEO Keith Kupferschmid will host a session called Office Hours, during which event attendees are invited to have their copyright-related questions answered at no cost.

  • Nightly Events: Projections and multimedia programs are scheduled for every night of MiamiPhotoFest by the most respected collectives and projects in the world of photography including:

          • Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund

          • Women Photograph

          • African Artist Foundation

          • Photo Vogue Italy

          • World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program

          • Aperture Foundation

          • Paris Photo

          • Head On Festival 

Sponsoring the event are the Miami Design District, Fujifilm Cameras, Kimpton Hotel Group and Magnum photos with additional support from Southeast Museum of Photography of Daytona State College, Ceiba Edition and Daylight Books.

Additional details may be found at

About The Florida Photographic Foundation

The Florida Photographic Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to cultivating creative collaborations, building community spirit, and developing strategic partnerships. The organization brings the photographic community together through installations and events focused primarily on thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photographic works from across the globe and representing all walks of life. 


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Rolando Diaz, Founder and Executive Director

The Florida Photographic Foundation