photo MIAMI is Visually Stunning, Flickering Lights and All

The vacuums roared cleaning up leftover debris as the press was allowed a preview of what's in store for the crowds visiting the tent at photo MIAMI. Lights flickers on and off, while the A/C hummed loudly making it uncomfortably cold inside on an usually frigid Tuesday afternoon.

"We are just testing everything," said a rep for photo MIAMI as the tent plunge into a 20-minute period of darkness. "We just want to make sure everything is working properly for when the crowds get here."

Before that period of darkness, Riptide was able to walk the aisles almost complete undisturbed, except for the occasional press-hungry gallery or artist. French artist Orlan graciously posed for pictures and spoke to us about her newest work Suture/Hybridize/Recycle in which the artist deconstructs clothing and reassembles them into something new to highlight structure.

A few booths away, artist John Neff stood by his installation which was compromised of life-size digital prints placed on a exterior wall while the negatives were placed behind it along with an audio collage and digital images. "It a system of oppositions of interiors and exteriors and how those systems can be periced and penetrated," Neff explains as we stood there nodding.

Another images that caught our attention were Massion Vitali's Venezia Coriandoli at the Crown Gallery, which looked like a page out of Where's Waldo? While Carlos Aires' Untitled (from the series Happily Ever After "Wolf" Kid, Mexico, which stands as the fair's iconic image this year, is so beautifully shot that the child's abnormality seems unimportant.

Click here to view our slideshow of the fair.

-- Jose D. Duran

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