Photographs by Barry Fellman
Introduction by Alberto Ibargüen, Essay by Jordan Levin
Photo Book and Exhibition Celebrate Decade Long Project Chronicling Miami’s Rise and Creative Scene
The last decade has seen Miami propelled to international prominence as an arts and culture mecca. Barry Fellman’s new photo book, Miami Creative: A Decade of Transformation, explodes with the energy and creativity that have turned Miami into a global artistic force and World Class City with Wynwood at Ground Zero.
More than two hundred vibrant photos made over the course of the last ten years illuminate the heart and soul of Miami’s creative community. They chronicle how Miami’s unique and vibrant artistic life, from major museums to popular grassroots events, has made the city a top travel destination for visitors worldwide and lured a fast growing class of young creatives to call Miami home.
For ten years, Fellman has documented every aspect of Miami’s surging arts and culture scene, from major institutions such as The New World Symphony, Frost Science Museum, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Bass Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami, to the close-knit community of cutting edge galleries and studios; from iconic ballet performances to immersive theater, sound art and electronic music; from celebrities at Art Basel Miami Beach and luminaries at eMerge Americas to excited tourists thronging Wynwood.
Fellman’s vivid images give you a front row seat to iconic views and pivotal moments of the New Miami. A Miami that has transitioned from being a teenager enthralled with celebrity and nightlife to an adulthood defined by a sense of pride and community in the cultural arts which have transformed the city.
Selected from images captured at hundreds of events and venues, Fellman’s photos bring you behind the scenes and into the action. The photographer’s immediate style makes you part of the experience, breaking the barrier between observer and participant. His unorthodox angles pull you in and provoke you to consider the familiar anew.
The book’s many intimate views of smiles and joy invite you to share the moment, and the mutual trust between artist and subject. These remarkable photographs go beneath the surface to create a palpable spirit of connection, which is all the more resonant in this time of social distance.
Miami Creative was featured at this year’s Miami Book Fair with a panel presentation including the authors, Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and leading urbanist Richard Florida. Miami Creative is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at Miami Center for Architecture and Design.