Miami might be suffering through summer doldrums when it comes to its cultural offerings, but somebody forgot to tell that to a pair of photographers opening heavyweight exhibits in the next week. Joel Meyerowitz, the only photographer allowed to document the devastation of 9/11 immediately after the attacks, will display much of that work in "Focus Gallery: Joel Meyerowitz- Aftermath" at the Miami Art Museum a little less than a month ahead of the Ten Year Anniversary of 9/11.
And if you're in the mood for more uplifting fare, you probably want to check out Robert Zuckerman's "Portraits" exhibit at The Betsy Hotel opening this Sunday. There are plenty of photographers who work in the movie biz, and Zuckerman surely qualifies as one of the top celebrity photogs, but his work combines emotional depth and commercial appeal.
And because this is Miami, the opening reception for Zuckerman's exhibit will be hosted by Rachael Taylor and Ramon Rodriguez, stars of Charlie's Angels television show now being shot in our city. Read on for more details.
It seems fitting that Zuckerman would exhibit on South Beach as the city is likely to remind him of the niche he found for his
considerable talents. The photographer seems at ease in the glitz and
glam of Hollywood but is still able to recognize true emotional depth in
his subjects even amidst the superficiality. His "Portrait" exhibit
features a slew of famous faces on and off the set, including Will
Smith, Javier Bardem, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Alan Ginsberg, David
Bowie, and Maya Angelou.
Work from two other Zuckerman
collections will also be on display at the Betsy. "Kindsight (which is
also the title of book he published) shies away from celebrity to focus
on everyday faces, while "Time Machine" is a sampling of Zuckerman's
earlier work which has been vaulted away for as much as decades in some
But just because he's worked with the biggest stars in
the world it doesn't mean that Zuckerman won't put his talents to good
use for commercial endeavors as he is often used to shoot advertising
and publicity campaigns for the movies those celebrities are starring in. Among the movie sets he's been on to shoot are
Terminator 3, Training Day, Transformers, and several Miami films
including Bad Boys 2 and Any Given Sunday.
"Portraits," and parts of his "Time Machine" and "Kindsight" exhibits
will be at the Betsy Hotel-South Beach (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach).
Admission is free. The opening reception is on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m.
The exhibit will be up through the end of the year. Call : 305-531-6100
or visit www.thebetsyhotel.com.
An opening reception for "Focus
Gallery: Joel Meyerowitz- Aftermath" exhibit will be held August 18 from
4 to 7 p.m. at Miami Art Museum. Police, firefighters, and MAM members
get in free. Regular admission to MAM costs $8 for adults, $4 for
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seniors, and is free for children under 12. The exhibit officially opens
August 19 and runs through November 4. Call 305-375-3000 or visit